Man, waiting out that second-round pick can be exhausting. With player after player coming off the board, it starts getting a little unnerving as you hope one of your favorites make it to the Cowboys at 50. There were a few starting-caliber offensive linemen available at the start of Day 2, but it didn’t start well as a couple of our favorite offensive linemen went off the board early. But alas, one of the better ones still made it to the Cowboys when they selected Connor Williams from Texas.
This works out beautifully for the Cowboys. Dallas was able to get a talented defensive player in round one and get a quality guard in round two.
While Williams is listed as a tackle, he can easily slide over to guard. In fact, he’s a little short-armed and the move inside will work nicely. He gets off the snap quickly and uses his strength well. When he gets his hands on you, he’ll take you where he wants you to go. Williams plays with a means streak, which is a quality admired by this coaching staff. He’s a fighter who plays until the whistle blows and doesn’t let up. He’s also a smart player who understands how to play the position. His ability to bend his knees helps him hold his ground against bull-rushing defensive linemen.
I mentioned Williams earlier in the month as a possible pick that could make sense for them, but I never thought he’d make it to 50.
The Cowboys love having the best of things and Connor Williams is considered among the best tackles in the draft. He has the make up that this team looks for in an offensive linemen. He’s got great initial quickness, flying off the snap. He has relentless effort, fighting until he overpowers his opponent. And he possesses that little bit of nastiness that you want from a trench warrior. He also has great footwork to slide well in pass protection the bend-ability to sustain leverage against the rush. William’s football intelligence is high and he is going to be a great asset for any team looking for a stud offensive linemen.
The best part about Williams is that he could be a double agent. He’s a good enough player to start at left guard to fill an immediate need, but has the skill set to be a future left tackle. It’s a win-win across the board for the Cowboys offensive line.
In Smith’s first five seasons in the league, he only missed one game, but over the last two seasons - he’s missed three games in each of them. If he starts showing more signs of deteriorating, it would be wise for the Cowboys to have a plan in place to secure one of the most important positions in football.
This is a great pick for Dallas. I had him listed as my fourth best available player entering the second round. What do you think of this pick? Do you approve? I know one person already that does...