. Count Green Bay Packers cornerback Damarious Randall among those who are impressed by Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith, a physical specimen even by NFL standards.
Smith, an All-Pro, is widely considered among the top offensive linemen in the league and is a physically-intimidating presence at 6-foot-5, 312 pounds.
“That left tackle they got is as big as this locker,” Randall said, pointing toward his oversized locker in the Packers’ locker room.
“And I’m pretty sure he runs just as well as me. It looks like it on film.”
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There’s no questioning Smith’s athletic ability and what he has meant to the Cowboys’ offensive success. For the record, Smith runs a 4.95-second 40-yard dash while Randall ran a 4.46-second at the 2015 NFL Combine.
But Randall mentioned Smith when discussing the Cowboys’ rushing attack. Rookie Ezekiel Elliott has taken the league by storm, posting the most rushing yards and garnering MVP consideration.
Randall mentioned the offensive line led by Smith, center Travis Frederick and right guard Zack Martin.
“And the other two [right tackle Doug Free and left guard Ron Leary] probably just missed it [a Pro Bowl nod],” Randall said. “And you can’t take credit away from Zeke. Zeke’s been running through holes and breaking them long, long runs.
“Behind that offensive line, I expect him to run for 1,500 every year.”
Elliott certainly had success earlier this season against the Packers, rushing for 157 yards on 28 carries. But the Packers feel better about their chances when the teams meet again on Sunday in the divisional round.
Asked how the Packers may contain Elliott and the Cowboys’ ground game, Randall simply said: “Watch the game on Sunday.”