I can’t even front and say I didn’t see this one coming. The Cowboys were in need of true speed at the wide receiver position, and Williams fits that bill. This 6-2 201 lbs. receiver adds a dimension that has been missing from the Cowboys offense since the day they lost Laurent Robinson in free agency.
Williams’ speed, ability to find the ball downfield and skill to adjust his body to poorly thrown balls make him a legitimate threat at the receiver position. His speed also makes him a threat on special teams.
What I like about him is that he’s a home run threat. What I don’t like about him is that he has trouble adjusting his routes on the fly; meaning that when the play breaks down he struggles to break off the route that he’s on. Another negative is that he has relatively short arms for someone so tall, and he’s got small hands for a wide receiver.
Despite the negatives, I truly feel that the Cowboys got themselves a very good receiver, and an insurance policy in case Miles Austin or Dez Bryant go down due to injury. We saw last year that the Cowboys, despite having a bunch of receivers on the team, struggled with injuries, and I think Jason Garrett and Jerry Jones don’t want to see that again in 2013.
The Cowboys offense got a lot more explosive on the second day of the Draft, and that’s exciting. The additions of Gavin Escobar and Williams will definitely help the Cowboys fix those pathetic redzone problems.
Don’t look now, but this truly may be Austin’s last season with the Cowboys.
I give this pick a B+ grade.