Defensive end Sam Williams has been one of the most talked-about Cowboys’ draft picks over the last three weeks, and rightfully so. The former Ole Miss Rebel was one of the SEC’s more dominant players in 2021 with 12.5 sacks, 15 tackles for loss, and four forced fumbles.

When the Cowboys held rookie minicamp last week, Williams turned heads with his speed and athleticism, which are the traits that made him a second-round selection. The Cowboys are now bringing in their veteran players to work with the rookies in preparation for the start of OTAs next Tuesday, and Williams is already getting taught the ropes by the Cowboys’ most trusted pass rusher, DeMarcus Lawrence.

An edge rusher needs to be able to come off the ball fast and strike with force while keeping his feet moving and his hands inside so that he can shed blocks. That’s what Lawrence is doing in the video above with Williams, correcting what he’s doing wrong, and making him take extra reps to get it right.

Although Williams is extremely gifted, he only began playing football during his senior year of high school and admitted that he didn’t begin learning football until he got to Ole Miss, which came after he attended junior college. That means that he’s still very raw and has to learn the intricacies and nuances of what it takes to be an effective pass rusher for the Cowboys.

Lawrence is a two-time Pro Bowler and a former All-Pro with 48.5 career sacks during his time with the Cowboys, so Williams couldn’t have a better mentor when it comes to getting after the quarterback. Also, Lawrence is the Cowboys’ best run defender which is another aspect of Williams’s game that needs improvement.

As a second-round pick, Williams will see a lot of action as a rookie and he’ll be vital to keeping the Cowboys’ defense as one of the better units of its kind as it was in 2021. This makes his development of the highest importance, and with Lawrence guiding him, he has a leg up in that regard.

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