Dallas Cowboys: Defensive Spotlight Player – Jaylon Smith
An overall impressive defensive player in college, Jaylon Smith consistently ranked among University of Notre Dame’s best players. However, an injury during his last season cut into his draft value. With the Dallas Cowboys, this injury will not define him.
Smith brings some much-needed size, weight, and speed to the Dallas defense. With the ability to change direction with suddenness in space, he could be just as impactful in Dallas as he was with Notre Dame. Jaylon Smith racked up 225 tackles over his last two years in Notre Dame. Another element Smith brings to the Dallas Cowboys is his ability to meet blocks with desired arm extension to stay clean. Jaylon brings elite play speed and has the talent that it takes to play well in man coverage.
With all the positive traits Jaylon Smith brings, it may be a safe bet to say that he can become a key component to the Dallas Cowboys blitz. Smith moved well in offseason training activities, but that is just one program in offseason training. Should something happen to Smith again, the Damien Wilson situation could leave the Dallas linebackers in a tough spot.
Should Jaylon Smith stay healthy, he brings enough skill and talent to play in either the 3-4 or 4-3 defensive schemes. Smith’s length and up field burst speed could aid the Cowboys in turning him into a decent pass rusher. An elite pass rusher is something the Dallas Cowboys have not had since DeMarcus Ware. Jaylon Smith, if he stays healthy, could pose multiple threats to opposing offenses. The hype with Jaylon Smith is immeasurable. Coaches believe that they can play him on any part of the field. Coincidentally, Smith’s brother Rod Smith looks to make the team at the running back position. Should both players make the team, they will be the first brother-tandem to make the team in recent years.