They can still draft another OT to groom for when Smith leaves. But this frees up draft capital to work on the D-Line.
You wouldn’t use the first rounder on a tackle now. That would be a misuse of that rookie contract. You want to use that first rounder for a position where you get a starter if not right away then after a year to take advantage of the rookie contract. The only way this would work is if the guy could play guard for a couple years and then move to tackle.
But then when you get down to the later rounds I think for sure you want to build up our depth all across the line. Depending on the practice squad and guys basically off the street to be the primary backups is going to come back to bite you if one of those tackles goes down for an extended period. The draft is where you get those quality backups.
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