The annual NFL Top 100 list is halfway completed with numbers 50-41 being released Monday evening. Several Dallas Cowboys have already had their name called – with a few dropping several spots from their 2018 ranking.
Few offensive tackles have been as consistent as Dallas left tackle Tyron Smith. At his peak, he was undoubedtly the best tackle in football. A couple of injury plagued seasons has slightly affected his on-field production, but not enough to prevent him from coming in at 78 on the NFL’s top 100 rankings.
A seven-time Pro Bowler and a member of the 2010’s All-Decade Team, Smith is one of the best blocking offensive tackles to ever play the game. A nine-year veteran, he has twice made first-team All-Pro. In 13 games at left tackle last season, the USC product allowed just one sack.
Smith has been such an outstanding lineman over the course of his career that producing at a Hall of Fame level is expected. Simply being great is a decline for the league’s premier tackle of the 2010s.
Smith battled back issues and missed three regular-season games for the third straight year in 2019. He remains one of the best left tackles in the league when healthy, but if the past few seasons are any indication, he could miss a couple contests in 2020 due to his recurring neck/back problems.
Smith isn’t just a great player, but he’s playing on a ridiculously team friendly deal. As the price of good tackles sky-rockets season after season, Tyron is locked up through 2023. His average cost of $12.2 million per season makes him the 15th highest paid tackle in the NFL. That’s nothing short of a steal.
He is the second offensive tackle revealed on the top 100, in front of New Orlean Saints tackle Ryan Ramczyk (82), and was the fourth offensive linemen overall.
Baltimore Raven tackle Ronnie Stanley placed in front of Smith at 74.
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