PRO: For just the fourth time in team history, and first time since 1981, the Dallas Cowboys selected an offensive lineman in the first round of the draft when they picked Tyron Smith with the ninth overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He also became the second-highest offensive lineman drafted in Cowboys history behind John Niland, who was selected fifth in the 1966 Draft. Smith, who started his collegiate career as a backup left tackle, eventually moved to the right side where he started the final 24 games in which he played at USC. In Smith, the Cowboys have a hard working, athletic lineman with good foot speed and the ability to stay on and finish blocks. Smith has proven himself as both an efficient run blocker and pass protector while demonstrating the ability to anchor a bull rusher and recover if he gets out of position. He stepped in and immediately took over the starting right tackle spot as a rookie, starting all 16 games he played. In 2012, Smith will continue to develop as a solid offensive tackle and is expected to man the blind side moving to left tackle for his second season after becoming the first rookie to start all 16 games along the offensive line since Rob Petitti in 2005 and third overall to do so.
4/28/11: Drafted in the first round (ninth overall) by Dallas.
• Made his NFL debut at right tackle and helped Romo throw for 342 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 23-of-36 passes.
• Along with fellow draft choice Bill Nagy, it was the first time in franchise history a Cowboys team started two rookies on the offensive line in the season opener. The pair also became the seventh and eighth rookie lineman to ever start a season opener and the first since Rob Pettiti in 2005. Overall, they were the 38th and 39th rookies to start an opener for Dallas.
• Allowed time for Romo to throw for 345 yards and two touchdowns - his 20th straight game with a scoring toss and 28th career 300-yard game - in the overtime win at San Francisco (9/18).
• In the home-opening win over Washington (9/26), helped block for 125 rushing yards, including a career-best 115 yards by Felix Jones.
• Aided the offense in racking up 434 yards of offense - the club's second 400-yard game of the season - against Detroit (10/2).
• Blocked for Romo's 30th career 300-yard performance as the offense gained 377 yards of offense at New England (10/16).
• Opened holes for DeMarco Murray to rush for a club-record 253 yards as the team finished with the fourth-most rushing yards in a game in team history (294) against St. Louis (10/23).
• In the win over Seattle (11/6), the line did not give up a sack for the first time on the season as Romo threw for 279 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 19-of-31 attempts.
• The offense scored a touchdown on each of its first four possessions for the first time in team history and totaled 433 yards of offense while not yielding a sack in the win over Buffalo (11/13).
• At Washington (11/20) helped block for Murray, who rushed for 73 yards while allowing Romo to throw for 292 yards.
• The unit allowed a season-high five sacks of Romo as the quarterback threw for 299 yards on 28-of-42 passes with a touchdown in the overtime loss at Arizona (12/4).
• Against the N.Y. Giants (12/11), allowed Romo to finish with a quarterback rating of 141.3 - 21-of-31 for 321 yards and four touchdowns - while the running game racked up 139 yards on 24 attempts (5.8 avg.).
• In the Saturday night win at Tampa Bay (12/17), the offense jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead while controlling the clock for 37:59.
• Blocked for a new quarterback in Stephen McGee against Philadelphia (12/24) after Romo was out with a hand injury following the first series. McGee finished his first action of the season 24-of-38 for 182 yards and a touchdown behind the line's effort.
• All-America first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report and rated the best offensive tackle eligible for the 2011 draft as a junior.
• Recipient of the Morris Trophy, given to the top offensive lineman in the Pac-10, based on a vote by the conference's defensive linemen.
• Consensus All-Pac 10 first-team and named USC's Offensive Lineman of the Year.
• Started 12 games at right tackle and was the only lineman in the conference to record 100 knockdowns while adding 13 touchdown-resulting blocks and yielding just one sack the entire season.
• Saw time on special teams, blocking a pair of extra point attempts.
• Helped pave the way for an offense that averaged 431.5 yards-per-game, an increase from the previous season in which the offense averaged 389.1.
• Also improved in passing touchdowns from 16 in 2009 to 28 in 2010.
• USC gained 171.4 rushing yards-per-game, an improvement from 149.5 the previous season.
• Started the first 12 games of his sophomore season and was an All-American selection by The NFL Draft Report and honorable mention by College Football News.
• Earned honorable mention All-Pac 10 Conference pick helping USC average 149.5 rushing yards-per-game, along with 24 rushing touchdowns.
• Served as the backup left tackle and played on special teams as a true freshman.
• Played in 10 games, missing only one due to injury, a sprained foot suffered prior to the game against Notre Dame.
• Was a two-way lineman at Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley, Calif., and earned numerous honors as a senior, including, Parade, SuperPrep, PrepStar and Scout.com All-America first-team.
• Consensus five-star pick who ranked 15th on the Rivals 100 list and as a junior, made Cal-Hi Sports all-state underclassmen second-team.
• Majored in public policy, management and planning at USC.
• 2011 Rookie Club presented by UnitedHealthcare.
• 2012 Dallas Cowboys Draft Day/Fan Appreciation Party.
• 2012 Dallas Cowboys U High School Camp.
• Annual Holiday Hospital Visits.
• Kick Off Luncheon and Dallas Cowboys Family Cookbook benefiting Happy Hill Farm.
• Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas.
• Salvation Army Angel Tree Christmas Program.