Cowboys pick Will Smith in 7th

IRVING, Texas -- The pick: Will Smith, linebacker, Texas Tech

My take: Since the first position coach that was handed the phone after the Cowboys picked Smith was Rich Bisaccia, the look for Smith is to be a special teams’ stalwart. He started 24 games in two years in Lubbock, including 13 last season when he had 120 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, three hurries and two quarterback hurries. He also returned a fumble for a touchdown. Smith, 6-3, 220 pounds, had a career-high 18 tackles against Texas. He said the Cowboys told him he will play weakside linebacker.

Notable: Smith grew up a Cowboys fan ... His 86 solo tackles were the most by a Texas Tech defender since Lawrence Flugence had 124 in 2002 ... Spent a year at Northwood University in Midland, Mich., before going to Riverside (Calif.) Community College and two years at Tech ... His father, Wade, played football at New Mexico. His mother, Gina, played basketball at California Baptist.