The Dallas Cowboys took a huge risk when they made the decision to select Notre Dame star linebacker Jaylon Smith with the 34th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. After suffering a devastating knee injury during his last collegiate game, many people felt that Smith’s chances to be successful at the pro level were slim to none. The brain-trust in Dallas didn’t feel that way and after they got a positive endorsement from their own doctor, Dr. Daniel Cooper, who also performed the surgery on Smith’s knee, the team felt better about his chances than most. And with Smith possessing the type of character that will do everything in his power to rehabilitate himself to the fullest – the Cowboys believed that pulling the trigger on Smith was the right move.
And they were right.

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