Richards (1981) was the last Cowboys offensive lineman selected in the first round.
of a big contract - something they might have to pay Free, too.
If the Cowboys don't see that kind of potential in Smith or the other tackles, then the streak might as well continue. Go get a stud defensive end or cornerback instead. But there's enough high-end O-Line talent to at least make this a worthy debate in the weeks ahead.
I guess I'll just have to believe it when I see it.