Tyron Smith talks Pro Bowl, Hall of Fame

IRVING, Texas -- Tyron Smith, the Cowboys' first-round pick, did not waste any time in setting high expectations for himself during his introductory press conference with the local media.

“I think I have the potential to be a Pro Bowler and be a Hall of Famer,” Smith said.

Well then, that’s quite a bold statement for a 20-year-old with only 24 college starts. The Cowboys would certainly take that level of play. They have not had much success in recent years selecting offensive lineman in the early rounds. The last to really pan out was Andre Gurode, a second-rounder in 2002, and the Cowboys were willing to part ways with him after his rookie contract ran out. But he re-signed, moved to center and has played in the last five Pro Bowls.

Smith said he was aware that he was the first offensive lineman selected by the Cowboys in the first round since 1981, when Dallas took Howard Richards.

The Cowboys are counting on Smith playing right away, so he will have a chance early to show his potential.

“I’m willing to take the challenge for myself and willing to work hard for it,” Smith said.