That's steal of the draft, for those not familiar with Smith.
His name in Dallas is fourth-round defensive end Chris Canty, a first-round talent who dropped in the draft because of injury concerns.
Canty had his standout career at Virginia cut short as a senior because of reconstructive knee surgery. He then suffered a career threatening eye injury when he was injured by a flailing bottle in a bar fight.
At best case, it was thought Canty might not even be ready to play in 2005.
The Cowboys took him anyway and believe they won this gamble big time after
Canty underwent his second operation to repair a detached retina in his left
"He got a good (doctors) report for the removal of scar tissue," owner Jerry
Jones said late last week. "The doctor was very positive he could remove the patch. We're going to be very cautious with him. But we expect that he'll be able
to stay in shape and get ready to play some football."
Canty will not participate in the minicamp set for May 27-29. And he may not
be ready for the start of training camp. The surgery will keep Canty from
participating in any strenuous activity for the next 4-8 weeks.
But Jones is confident that Canty will be available shortly after the
beginning of camp and, more important, will play in 2005. The latter was in
question on draft day, but Jones said it was a gamble they couldn't pass up
because of Canty's potential.
"I went through that exercise hard and really stripped away, in my mind, his
eye injury," Jones said. "And I saw first-round grades on him. First-round
grades from our scouts. It's hard to cut through that on draft day -- the
injury factors. But this was unique in that we were able to get in there and
get doctors information -- a lot of data -- that I felt the risk/reward
ratio was a (worthwhile) opportunity."
Steal of the Draft
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