The Dallas Cowboys pulled a surprise in the first-round of the 2022 NFL Draft, taking Tulsa offensive lineman Tyler Smith. Dallas made the selection to address the offensive line, despite, arguably, better players at other positions on the board.
With the risky first-round pick already made, the Dallas Cowboys needed to hit on its second-round selection. The Cowboys made its second pick of the draft outside of the top-50, but quality players remained available for Dallas to take.
In the end, the Dallas Cowboys went with edge rusher Sam Williams out of Ole Miss at No. 56. The pick represented Dallas adding to the defense for Dan Quinn after an impressive campaign a season ago.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Dallas went with offensive line in round one. The Cowboys opted for defense in round two.
The Cowboys filled a need at edge with the selection of Williams. Dallas needed to add to the position after Randy Gregory left to sign with the Denver Broncos in free agency. Williams provides the Cowboys with a pass rusher that has a lot of upside.
Williams earned first-team All-SEC honors last fall after a 12.5-sack and 16 tackle-for-loss-campaign during is final year on the collegiate level. He is a 6-3, 265 athlete that has a ton of athleticism.
The Ole Miss product gave several SEC linemen fits, including top-10 selection Charles Cross, thanks to his speed and quickness of the edge. That makes him an intriguing prospect for Dan Quinn and the Cowboys to develop.
The Cowboys have used its first two picks to bolster the trenches, offensive line in the first-round and pass rusher in the second.
HOW HE FITS
Williams fits with the Dallas Cowboys as a speed pass rusher. His quickness and burst off the line of scrimmage should complement DeMarcus Lawrence well on the opposite side. He possesses a quick first-step that allows him to consistently win one-on-one reps.
Furthermore, Dan Quinn has been interested in Williams throughout the process, as the Ole Miss defender jumped on the Cowboys’ radar early. Quinn was at the Ole Miss pro day, where the defensive coordinator was seen working Williams out individually.
Overall, Dallas needed to add some juice in getting after the quarterback after Gregory left for the Broncos. The selection of Sam Williams gives the Cowboys an athletic, quick rusher that had a breakout season during his final season in college.
The Dallas Cowboys are scheduled to make its third selection of the 2022 NFL Draft at No. 88 overall. Perhaps that pick will see the Cowboys bolster the passing game.
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