Jaylon Smith had his dreams come true when the Dallas Cowboys drafted him in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. The former Notre Dame linebacker suffered a significant knee injury in the final game of his college career and his draft stock plummeted. When he got the phone call from the Cowboys, he was overcome with emotion.
He has a new dream now, though.
Making his first NFL tackle.
Smith found a video on Twitter of himself making a big play in a Fighting Irish game against Stanford in South Bend, Ind. He then tweeted out the following.
">June 6, 2016
Here's the video of the play.
">May 1, 2016
Unfortunately for Smith, it's probably going to be a little while before he can make his first tackle.
The 6-foot-2, 223-pound linebacker is still recovering from his knee injury, waiting for the nerves in his knee to come back.
At a minimum, Smith is likely out until the 2017 season.
The former Fighting Irish star is being extremely patient, though, and is content waiting until he is absolutely positively recovered.
When the Cowboys do get him on the field, he could develop into a star. Smith was one of the best players in college football during his three years with Notre Dame, becoming a consensus All-American in 2015. Before he got injured, he was considered a lock to be a top 10 pick - and maybe even the No. 1 overall selection - in the 2016 NFL Draft.
With Smith and the team's first-round selection, former Ohio State star running back Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys got quite a bit of potential at the top of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Dallas is currently in OTAs and begins mandatory minicamp on June 14.