The Dallas Cowboys started off Day 2 of the 2016 NFL Daft with a surprising pick, taking Notre Dame Fighting Irish outside linebacker Jaylon Smith, who is expected to take a “medical redshirt” year as he continues recovering from a serious knee injury.
Smith heard his name called with the No. 34 overall pick.
It was a risky pick because of the health concerns, but if Smith turns out to be back in the form he was before the injury he will turn out to be one of the best players in the draft.
Smith would have been the best player in this class. I don't hate the risk here.
— Doug Farrar (@NFL_DougFarrar) April 29, 2016
Dallas was also believed to have interest in Emmanuel Ogbah and Kevin Dodd at the top of Round 2, but the Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans kicked things off by taking the two pass rushes with the first and second picks, respectively.
With Jaylon Smith now off the board, the attention turns to first-round talent Myles Jack, who has knee concerns of his own.
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