Jaylon Smith says he’ll be ready for opener vs. Giants

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The Dallas Cowboys’ home run of a draft class from 2016 may get even stronger this season, as second-round pick Jaylon Smith is predicting he’ll be ready for Week 1 against the New York Giants.

Smith, who many considered the top overall prospect in the 2016 draft, suffered a devastating knee injury in the final game of his college career that left his pro career very much in doubt.

After a full year of rehabilitation, Smith feels confident that he’ll reach his maximum potential, as he told reporters on Wednesday.  The Cowboys seem to agree, as owner Jerry Jones said he’d be shocked and surprised if Smith wasn’t a key player for them this season.

Smith was a dominant force at Notre Dame where he registered 226 tackles over his final two seasons.  He was known best for his freakishly explosive athleticism, a trait that he may never regain after his gruesome injury.

If he makes it all the way back, the Cowboys will be hard to bet against as an NFC favorite for the Super Bowl.