With the 50th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys selected Connor Williams, the offensive lineman from the University of Texas. Williams played tackle during his time as a Longhorn but was announced as a guard by Cowboys legend Bob Lilly on draft night.
Williams is a Dallas native and was thrilled to have the opportunity to play for his hometown Cowboys, which was quite evident as he was overcome with emotion in the green room. Yes, the green room as Williams was widely regarded as a first-round talent. Dallas selecting their potential starting left guard with a first-round grade in the middle of the second round is a win any way you look at it.
With the addition of Williams, as well as Cameron Fleming and Marcus Martin in free agency, Dallas has not only upgraded their starting unit but now have one of the deepest offensive line rooms in the league. The starting five from left to right project out as Tyron Smith, Connor Williams, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, and La’El Collins with Fleming and Martin being the primary backups.
With multiple players now possessing the ability to play both tackle and guard, the Cowboys have no excuse to be caught in a situation that led to the debacle in Atlanta last season. In case your brain blocked that painful memory and you need a refresher, Tyron Smith was out with injury and the left side of the Cowboys line was left in shambles. Adrian Clayborn totaled SIX sacks in that game by himself. Dallas is in a much better situation to deal with an injury today then they were this time last season.
Despite Dallas filling needs at linebacker and guard, they still have huge holes at tight end and wide receiver. With a plethora of day three picks, don’t be surprised if Jerry Jones and company try and move up if a player they covet begins to fall.
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