IRVING, Texas The Dallas Cowboys have spent a first-round pick on an offensive lineman for the first time under Jerry Jones ownership, taking 20-year-old tackle Tyron Smith from Southern Cal.

The 6-foot-5, 310-pound Smith is the youngest player in the entire draft class. A starter for two years, he is likely to step in as the right tackle and be groomed to take over on the left side.

Dallas hadn t picked an offensive lineman in the first round since 1981, when the Tom Landry-Tex Schramm leadership took Howard Richards at No. 26. He didn t pan out, and neither have most of the linemen Jones Cowboys have taken in the early rounds in recent years.

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