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Local Product Terrance Williams Has Big-Play Pedigree At WR


(Editor's Note: Heading into the upcoming NFL Draft, held April 25-27, will take a closer look at the prospects, including some that could be potential fits with the Cowboys. Today's featured player is Baylor wide receiver Terrance Williams).

Draft Focus: Terrance Williams

Position: Wide Receiver

College: Baylor

Height/Weight: 6-2/208

Age: 24 (born Sept. 18, 1989)

Honors:Along with the duo in West Virginia, Williams was one of the Big XII's top receivers in 2012, earning first team all-conference honors, as well as a first-team All-America selection. He was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's best wideout. He was also an All-Big XII selection in 2011. 

Key Stat:If you want a big play threat, look no further than Williams. Among his staggering total of 1,832 receiving yards were 16 receptions of 30 or more yards and 34 receptions of 20 or more yards. That means 51 percent of his 97 receptions went for big-time gains, which is a pretty mouth-watering prospect.

Where He's Headed:Williams isn't often mentioned in the same breath as Tavon Austin or Cordarrelle Patterson, who are commonly thought to be first round locks. His scary size and big play ability are evident, though. The second round seems like a safe bet, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him sneak into the late first or slip into the early third. It all depends on the circumstances.

How He Helps the Cowboys:Williams has some experience in the slot, but he is primarily an outside guy. Dallas obviously already has Dez Bryant and Miles Austin, but Williams would provide a pretty terrifying trifecta of targets for Tony Romo. And it's not like the youngster would be unable to contribute as an inside receiver. A guy with Williams' talent can make plays from anywhere.

Scout's Take:Have seen him snatch the ball, but the majority of the time he likes to body catch the ball, although he's pretty good at it. … Not afraid of taking his route inside. … Needs to do a better job of keeping his balance with the ball in his hands. … Plays with nice stop-start quickness, really see this when he is running his routes. … Showed really good sideline awareness; has a real feel for how to get his feet in position to make the catch. … Does a nice job of finding open space in route. … Didn't always play with separation, but against Texas was able to get through their secondary for a touchdown. … Can struggle some when he has to catch the contested ball – it's not that he wouldn't fight for the ball, it's just he needed to do a better job of extending on it. … Can adjust to the ball going away. … Can catch screens and get the ball up the field. … Dropped a deep post against Kansas St when he was wide open. … Has some sharpness to his routes, maybe the best trait he has. … Not afraid to lay out for the ball. … Very smooth player, not much wasted motion when he runs his routes. … Plays with some nice quickness, which is better than his speed. … In the style of offense where he had to run a lot of different routes. … Going to need on working on catching the ball in traffic. – Bryan Broaddus

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