After taking offensive lineman Tyler Smith in the first round last week, the Cowboys decided to add another piece in the trenches, but on defense. With the 56th pick, they took Sam “De” Williams out of Ole Miss, one of their 30 visits before the draft.

During his time with the Rebels, Williams also slid inside to take on tackles as guards by playing the 4-technique. With the Cowboys, he will rush from the edge solely, which fits his skill set more.

Williams recently sat down with the Blogging The Boys crew for an interview. He was asked if he was looking forward to playing for Dan Quinn and being able to slide more outside and use his speed and burst off the line of scrimmage to get in the backfield for the Cowboys. Williams couldn’t contain his excitement.

“You have no idea how happy I am,” Williams said. “4i is not for the weak. Like during the season, before the season, I started at like 265. Going down, I lost a few pounds so I can like move better and stuff. So, I was like 255. So, just imagine me going against a guard and a tackle at 255. It wasn’t the best but it was what the team needed so hey, you got to suck it up sometimes. But, I’m so happy.”

After 10 sacks in his first two seasons at Ole Miss, Williams put his name right at the top when it came to edge rushers coming into the last week’s draft. Williams was dominant in the SEC, the best conference in the nation, by accumulating 12.5 sacks and four forced fumbles (six total in three seasons at Ole Miss).

That’s exactly the type of addition the Cowboys need with the loss of Randy Gregory. Not only can Williams win off the edge with his explosiveness and athleticism, but he can also create turnovers which is something the Cowboys did better than anyone in 2021 by racking up 34.

The loss of Gregory made getting an edge rusher essential for the Cowboys. After Williams finally got in contact with Quinn last Friday, he talked about what the Cowboys are getting by bringing him in.

“I’m relentless,” said Wiliams. “I’m a beast. I’m a dog. I love the game. I study the game. They’re getting a player who wants to win, wants to go over & beyond. I’m ready to get my cleats on and do what I have to do to show I’m one of the best guys in this draft class.”

The Cowboys have can get to the quarterback from the edge with DeMarcus Lawrence, Dorance Armstrong, and Micah Parsons. With Williams now a part of the attack, the Cowboys should see their middle-of-the-road sack numbers from 2021 (ranked 14th with 41) take quite an uptick.

Especially if Williams is used in a manner that takes full advantage of his talents.

You can check out Blogging The Boys‘ full interview with Williams below:

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