2nd-Round Pick Connor Williams Adds O-Line Depth; Full Analysis Here

FRISCO, Texas – A full breakdown of the Cowboys' second-round draft pick (No. 50 overall) Friday night:

Name: Connor Williams

Position: Offensive Lineman

College: Texas

Height/Weight: 6-5/296

The Rundown: A three-year starter at left tackle for Texas, Williams was a consensus All-American as a sophomore in 2016, but a knee injury cost him seven games last season. Widely considered one of the best offensive line prospects in this year's draft, Williams grew up just down the road from the Cowboys in nearby Coppell, Texas.

How He Fits In: Williams gives the Cowboys additional depth at offensive tackle or guard. The club added depth this spring by signing guard Marcus Martin and tackle Cameron Fleming, and starting right tackle La'el Collins has the flexibility to move inside. Williams' position flex gives the line more versatility and adds more insurance at tackle behind Pro Bowler Tyron Smith, who missed several games last year with injuries.

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  • Didn't have the type of season many thought he would. Came into the campaign as one of the top tackles in the country but now faces questions about where he'll fall in the first round.
  • He's light at 296 pounds. Excellent foot athlete. Knows how to play with leverage. Always has his hands and feet in position. Not lazy at all with them.
  • Doesn't appear rushed or hurried when blocking. Does a nice job getting into his man in the running game.
  • If he has an issue, there are snaps where you don't always see him finish his guy off. At times, you will see his man play off the block and show up in the pile.
  • Have seen him play with more toughness in the past. Needs to regain that nasty side of him that we observed in 2016 when he was a better overall player.

Next Cowboys Pick: 3rd Round (81st overall)

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