Watch linebacker Jaylon Smith dance with Cowboys cheerleaders and kids during holiday hospital visit
But it shouldn’t have.
Smith, who was poised to be a top 10 pick before a knee injury in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl pushed him to the second round, has proven to be one of the best in the NFL. Smith missed the entire 2016 season while recovering from surgery to repair the injury.
“He has never complained, never wavered, never missed a workout,” Jerry Jones said during the press conference to announce the deal. “It’s really a great privilege.”
Smith, who turned 24 in June, has played in all 32 games the past two seasons, including 22 starts. He has 202 tackles in two seasons in the NFL.