The Dallas Cowboys selected offensive guard Connor Williams out of the University of Texas in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft. This pick surprised the world because Dallas wasn’t expected to draft an offensive lineman in the early rounds. However, it’s understandable Dallas made this pick as they are always looking to bulk up their offensive line.
Williams, who grew up in Coppell, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, is honored to be playing for the team he grew up loving. “It’s a dream come true,” he said. “I can’t wait to start working.”
According to Williams’ scouting report, he fits well in a zone-blocking offensive scheme, quick on his feet, and has agility. That being said, the Cowboys can certainly benefit from his as far as the running game goes. Ezekiel Elliott is certainly looking forward to playing with Williams.
According to Pro Football Focus’ Michael Renner, in 2016 Williams was the second highest graded tackle in the nation as a sophomore and he was at one point the nation’s leader in pass-blocking efficiency, thanks primarily due to the fact that Texas ran play-action type plays about 55 percent of the time they were on the field during offensive possessions. In addition, the Cowboys can benefit from everything Williams is going to learn from veteran offensive linemen Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, and Tyron Smith.
However, Williams’ scouting report also stresses he struggles with durability, has a hard time blocking speed rushers, and lacks strength. Furthermore, the fact that he missed seven games last season due to a knee injury is worrisome. It’s safe to say that Williams is not perfect and he has a lot to learn and work on. That’s usually how it goes for offensive linemen who get drafted into the NFL.
One of the top priorities for him is to stay healthy. Dallas is having their annual rookie mini-camp coming up very soon so the first step to getting ready for his first game as a pro starts there.
Williams is eager for the next big challenge. “This is the beginning of a new chapter,” he said. “I can’t wait to learn from the best.”