DALLAS – The Dallas Cowboys drafted Sam Williams in the third-round of the 2022 NFL Draft with hopes that he can fill some of the void left by Randy Gregory. Williams enters the league shortly after Gregory left Dallas for the Denver Broncos.

Sam Williams is a late-bloomer of a prospect. He broke out onto the scene in a big way during his final season at Ole Miss. The second-rounder totaled 12.5 of his 22.5 career sacks in 2022, becoming a feared pass-rusher in the loaded SEC.

That said, he is not a finished product. He has a frame that needs more weight to be an every-down player in the NFL. Additionally, Williams has off-the-field concerns that scared teams away in the pre-draft process.

Daniel Jeremiah believes, had it not been for those concerns, Williams would have been a potential first-round selection. Therefore, the Dallas Cowboys came away with great value during draft weekend.

“We didn’t talk about this much because there were some major off-the-field stuff, but Sam Williams, the pass-rusher that they took out of Ole Miss. He would’ve been a top-20 pick if he didn’t have a litany of issues off-the-field,” Jeremiah said. “So, the talent is there. I think you’ll see him make an impact.”

The Dallas Cowboys reportedly did their homework on Williams. Dallas attended his pro day leading up to the draft. Dan Quinn worked him out in individual drills. They liked all of the information that they gathered from the All-SEC performer.

Now, Williams has the opportunity to prove the Dallas Cowboys right. If all works out in the way that Jeremiah sees it, Dallas will have come away with a steal in the 2022 draft.

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