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2017 Cowboys Draft Target: Grambling State WR Chad Williams

Brian Martin

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2017 Cowboys Draft Target: Grambling State WR Chad Williams

With the 2017 NFL Draft just a couple weeks away now, I thought it would be a good time to take a closer look at some of the Dallas Cowboys draft targets, especially their allotted 30 pre-draft visitors. Former Grambling State wide receiver Chad Williams is one of those  pre-draft visitors and a player the Cowboys could target in the later part of the draft.

The Dallas Cowboys decided to re-sign both Terrance Williams and Brice Butler this off-season, so drafting a wide receiver isn’t really a top priority. That doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t pull the trigger on one if there is a prospect there they like though.

Chad Williams was one of the few offensive players the Cowboys have privately worked out and someone they could decide to draft if the opportunity presents itself. Let’s take a closer look at his strengths and weaknesses in order to get a better understanding of exactly how he might fit in with the Cowboys.


Chad Williams, WR, Grambling St. | 6’0″, 204 lbs | 10/19/1994 (22)

Measurables Arm: 32 | Hand: 9 3/4 | Wingspan: 77 1/8

Pro Day 40-yd: 4.40 | 10-yd: 1.56 | 20-yd 2.60 | BP: 26 | VJ: 38 1/2 | BJ: 10’3″


Strengths

WR Chad Williams

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Chad Williams did what he was supposed to do in his four years at Grambling State as a wide receiver and completely dominated against lesser competition. He was often times the best player on the field and in 35 career starts he accumulated 210 receptions for 3,062 receiving yards and 28 touchdowns.

Williams isn’t the biggest WR at just a little over 6 feet tall, but he already possesses a strong/physical NFL ready frame. He actually plays much bigger than his size would suggest on film and this is in large part due to his leaping ability and strong hands to go up and catch the ball at the highest point. He is also physical after the catch and is difficult to bring down.

He tracks the ball really well down the field and makes over the shoulder catches look easy. He has good body control and knows how to use his leverage to his advantage at the catch point. He is also a willing blocker in the run game and has a strength to not only secure his blocking assignment, but make the defender look as if they are on skates.

Weaknesses

WR Chad WilliamsAs things stand right now, Chad Williams is an unpolished route runner and will find it difficult to create the kind of separation he did in college in the NFL. He will also have to learn how to beat press coverage, because the level of competition he faced at Grambling State is nothing compared to what he will see in the NFL.

Surprisingly enough, you see him get pushed around too much in his routes, which is somewhat confusing because of his strength and the physical nature he plays the game. His route running will definitely need to improve and he will need time to grasp the mental side of recognizing coverages he will see in the NFL.

On film his 4.4 playing speed doesn’t show up like you would expect, but that could be due to the fact things came easily to him against lesser competition. He’s not very elusive after the catch and sometimes depends too much on his physicality.

Williams also has a few red flags that will need to be answered. He was arrested for having a firearm and marijuana possession in the past, which led to a one-game suspension for the season opener in 2016.

Summary

Chad Williams was a heavily targeted and protective wide receiver in his four years at Grambling State. He has the skill set to develop into a starting WR, but at this point in his career is probably a developmental prospect.

If the Dallas Cowboys draft Williams, he will likely be competing with Andy Jones and Lucky Whitehead for the last receiver spot on the depth chart. To even make the Cowboys roster he will have to have a strong training camp and prove that he is capable of playing special teams, something he didn’t do much of in college.

I personally think Chad Williams will be a Day 3 selection and I have a late 5th-early 6th round grade on him. If Williams last all the way to the sixth round when the Dallas Cowboys are on the clock, we could see him wearing a star in 2017.

Do you think WR Chad Williams would be a good Dallas Cowboys draft target?

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  • AZCardsFan85

    Wow do you even research the prospects you write about?? First off Chad Williams is just a hair under 6″2 & 207 pounds & he ran both a 4.37 & 4.34 40 at his pro-day not 4.40. Lastly his draft grade WAS WAY higher than the 5th-6th round, he was expected to go anywhere between late round 2 to Early 4. Many Scouts believe had he not of gotten into the off-field trouble which got him disinvited from the combine, that he would of been an early 2nd round top 40 selection in the draft . Williams is going to be a beast in the NFL.

    • Brian Martin

      I do research these prospects quite extensively. I have seen him measured anywhere between 6’0″ to 6’2″. I personally think he is closer to 6’1″, but I used the information I found from a well respected “analyst”. So, that’s where all those numbers came from. Also, I had a 5th grade on Williams because he is coming from a small school and he is still really raw as a prospect. He may have 2nd round talent, but he’s not there yet. He has a long ways to go in his development and may not be able to be a reliable contributor for a year or two. Of course, you can disagree. That’s your prerogative, but I stand by my assessment.

      • AZCardsFan85

        Not to sound like a Dick, Because I didn’t really didn’t expect anyone to reply on such an old article, but its not hard to find that Williams is 6″1 3/4in tall and ran the 40 in 4.37 seconds. His tape combined with an Elite height/weight/speed combo, strong hands, physicality, and an excellent skill set as a receiver ( though he does need to polish up his route runner, something his new teammate Fitzgerald should be able to really help him with as you would be hard pressed to find a better route runner than Larry) had his draft stock soaring in the weeks before the draft. People were expecting him to go anywhere from any end of round 2 to end of round 3. Had he not of been disinvited from the combine from hanging out with the wrong people, being in the wrong place/wrong time, he would of went higher.

        • Brian Martin

          Like I said his measurements vary around the Internet, which is why went was someone I trusted. Also, I don’t like to go by pro day 40 yard dash times. They are always faster than what they would’ve ran at the combine. I was disappointed he didn’t get to compete there, but that’s just the way the cards fell. I still personally wouldn’t have drafted him before the 5th round, but I understand why others would. I just personally believe players drafted on Day 1 or 2 should be immediate contributors. I think Williams is still a year or two away from that. Thanks for commenting though. I don’t mind an open debate.

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Sean’s Scout: Memphis WR Anthony Miller a Needed Weapon for Cowboys

Sean Martin

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Sean's Scout: Memphis WR Anthony Miller A Needed Weapon For Cowboys
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Slotted to pick 19th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys find themselves in position to add a first-round talent to a team that fell just short of the playoffs at 9-7 in 2017. Faltering entirely on offense without RB Ezekiel Elliott too many times this season, it’s hard to argue this asset is not best spent on new talent at WR.

The Cowboys haven’t drafted a wide receiver in the first round since 2010, trading up for Oklahoma State’s Dez Bryant. Frequent injuries and the inability to develop with QB Dak Prescott have diminished Bryant’s status as a star receiver in Dallas, and it may be time to overhaul the position entirely.

After scouting Memphis WR Anthony Miller, he may be just what the Dallas Cowboys need. Let’s take a closer look at his fit in the Cowboys’ offense in the first draft-season edition of Sean’s Scout.

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With 96 receptions for 1,462 yards and 18 touchdowns in his final season at Memphis, Senior WR Anthony Miller is one of the top players at his position in the 2018 NFL Draft. These inflated numbers in the Tigers’ pass-happy offense do little to highlight Miller as a next level prospect…

This film clip and quote from my full scouting report on Miller shows the pure play-making ability Miller has. Miller wouldn’t fill the Cowboys need for an over-the-top burner at WR, but he has no problem tracking the ball with ease and adjusting in the air to make big plays down the field.

…Miller is as tough of a cover as you’ll find thanks to his explosive and concise release off the line.

Anthony Miller is certainly a “Dak-friendly” pass catcher, as he possesses the catch radius to snag passes away from his frame using his exceptionally strong hands. Even when he is covered, Miller is open vertically.

With that said, Miller has more than enough ability to separate with good initial quickness and elite balance through his routes.

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…he wastes no time accelerating through the secondary, and running with a powerful stride that makes it difficult to bring him down.

There may be better technical route runners in this draft class, but few set up defenders as consistently well as Miller — who has the production to match these NFL traits.

A willing run blocker too, Miller could walk into Dallas and immediately earn snaps as an X, Z, or Y receiver. Miller’s best fit to start his career is likely as a Z receiver, drawing less attention in coverage while being allowed to run a full route tree.

…Miller gets on cornerbacks in a hurry, setting them up with his fluidity and size to track the football through contact.

A potential replacement for Terrance Williams with the Cowboys, Miller is somewhat of a similar player in the way he wins with mostly size.

The Memphis product would still be an upgrade over Williams though, as it is much easier to get the ball in Miller’s hands. Add in the red-zone ability that Anthony Miller has to box out defenders, and the run-after-catch burst as an inside target, and Miller is a weapon the Cowboys could desperately use.

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…I found myself constantly impressed with the speed at which Miller gets up the field when taking the ball underneath.

Miller will have nothing but opportunities to raise his draft stock over the coming months. He will be at this month’s Senior Bowl, receiving NFL-level coaching to refine his game. The Scouting Combine will also be critical for Miller’s testing numbers to confirm the athlete seen on tape dominating at Memphis will take the next step.

Earning a second round grade on my 2018 NFL Draft Board, there is a chance the Cowboys have to use their first round pick if they truly want Anthony Miller in Silver and Blue. A very complete player that fills a need, Miller as the Cowboys first pick could make plenty of sense in April.

Tell us what you think about “Sean’s Scout: Memphis WR Anthony Miller a Needed Weapon for Cowboys” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Luxury or Need for Cowboys to Draft Another 1st-Round OL?

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Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, Travis Frederick, offensive line

Due to growing concerns about Tyron Smith‘s availability and future health, due to reoccurring back injuries, there seems to be a growing consensus among Dallas Cowboys fans that there’s a need to draft an offensive lineman with the first-round pick. But, is it actually a need, or would it be more of a luxury?

There is legitimate concern about Tyron Smith and his future health.

Back injuries have a way of flaring up at the most inopportune times. It’s also not an injury that’s going away anytime soon, if ever. This is the unknown the Cowboys are faced with heading into the off-season, and it could end up having a major impact on the direction they go in the 2018 NFL Draft.

There seems to be a growing consensus around Cowboys Nation that the Dallas Cowboys should seriously consider selecting the best available offensive tackle with the 19th overall pick.

There are probably two reasons for this:

  1. Tyron Smith’s health concerns, and
  2. the need to upgrade the swing tackle position after watching Byron Bell and Chaz Green play in 2017.

But, the question remains: is drafting yet another offensive lineman in the first-round a luxury or need for the Dallas Cowboys?

Personally, I can see both sides of this argument. So, let’s break it down a little and examine each.

Luxury

Zack Martin

Dallas Cowboys RG Zack Martin

The Dallas Cowboys have already invested an enormous amount of resources to build arguably the best offensive line in the NFL.

They’ve spent three first-round draft picks to acquire Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and Zack Martin, two of which have already received long-term extensions with Martin waiting in the wings.

That’s a lot of money devoted to one position, which ultimately means the Cowboys have to go cheaper in other areas in order to fit under the salary cap. This is the money that would be used in free agency to acquire some of those higher-priced free agents fans are always hankering for.

It also can be used to re-sign some of the Cowboys players at other positions, such as DeMarcus Lawrence.

But, it’s not only the money that makes drafting a first-round OL a luxury.

Four out of five of the Cowboys OL are already pretty much set in stone. The left guard position is really the only unoccupied position right now, but that could be filled rather easily. This, of course, is assuming Tyron Smith stays healthy, but regardless, he is the starting left tackle when the 2018 season begins.

Need

Byron Bell

Dallas Cowboys OL Byron Bell

There’s no reason to believe Tyron Smith will be able to play an entire 16-game season going forward. The last two seasons he has had to sit out several games due to injuries, and unfortunately his back issues aren’t going away anytime soon.

To make matters worse, Dallas doesn’t have an adequate backup, which was proven on more than one occasion in 2017. Hence the need.

With the exception of the quarterback, the left tackle position is arguably the most important on offense. They protect the QB’s blindside and are largely responsible for keeping him healthy and upright.

There’s a reason they are drafted so highly and paid so handsomely: they are that important to a team’s success.

There was also a reason the Dallas Cowboys offense started to sputter once Tyron Smith started missing time. Opposing defenses no longer respected the Cowboys LT, and started putting their best pass rusher on that side to get after Dak Prescott.

Prescott ended up having happy feet and it had a ripple effect throughout the entire offense, and not in a good way.

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Quite honestly, I think it would be a luxury to draft any kind of offensive lineman with the Cowboys’ first-round selection, but I wouldn’t be completely surprised if that’s the direction they went. There are positives and negatives to both sides of the argument.

But, if they stick to the draft board and an OL is their highest rated player there, I say go for it.

The only thing we can do is have faith that the Dallas Cowboys know more about Tyron Smith’s health and his availability to play then we do as fans. If they decide to draft an offensive lineman early, I think we should all take that as an indication that they are worried about Smith, at least a little bit.

Luxury or Need: Do the Cowboys draft a first-round OL?

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The Dallas Cowboys Will Have More Than Enough Trade Ammunition

Mauricio Rodriguez

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The Dallas Cowboys Will Have More Than Enough Trade Ammunition
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The Dallas Cowboys football team has a lot of needs on both sides of the ball. Sure, that’s pretty sad to say as a die-hard Cowboys fan, but it should make for a very interesting offseason. This front office needs to find a way to add talent in the draft, and probably in free agency as well, all while finding ways to keep Anthony Hitchens, DeMarcus Lawrence and David Irving, and extending Zack Martin.

Maybe they’re not able to achieve everything, but as long as they don’t lose all of these guys, they should be fine. We may even see a surprising release or trade. It sure would be interesting to see this team release Dez Bryant, for example.

Last year, Dallas lost Barry Church, Morris Claiborne, Brandon Carr and Ronald Leary… among others. But what do these four guys have in common? They all resulted in compensatory picks for the Dallas Cowboys’ 2018 NFL Draft.

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Including the expected Compensatory Picks that the Cowboys will receive for their Free Agents that signed with other teams in 2017, the Cowboys should have the following picks in the 2018 Draft:

The Cowboys got two additional fourths and two fifths. After trading up to get Xavier Woods in 2017, Dallas had no original fifth rounders for this year’s draft.

This is a front office that avoids making “big splashes” in free agency and in the draft lately, but I wonder if they’ll at least explore trading possibilities this time.

With three fourth-round picks and two fifths, they should have more than enough ammunition.

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Dallas Cowboys VP Stephen Jones, Will McClay

This team has done a nice job in the last few drafts, and with Will McClay staying for at least one more year, they might as well try to get everything they can out of their draft picks. After all, Dak Prescott himself was a fourth-round compensatory pick.

Even still, I would like to see this team do something out of the ordinary.

Whether it’s trading up to get a well-fitting player who might otherwise go before their pick, or if it’s to get another team’s player, it would be interesting to see this front office pull the trigger on an interesting trade.

Sometimes it’s surprising what NFL teams can get with late round picks.

The Buffalo Bills traded away Marcell Dareus for only a sixth-round pick less than a year ago. I mean, how would you have felt if Dallas had gotten Dareus for just a sixth rounder? I would’ve been completely fine with it, to be honest.

The Cowboys have enough ammunition to consider pulling a trade-off in free agency or the NFL Draft.

We may not like the coaching, but in the past few years, this front office has done a good job when it comes to team-building.

We were all frightened when we saw the defensive players that were leaving in the secondary, and a season later, the young defensive backs are one of the reasons why we’re very optimistic about this team’s future.

So if they decide to keep their picks to themselves, I’d say it’ll be worth it, too.

After a sad season, at least we have an intriguing offseason ahead of us to keep us entertained.

Tell me what you think about “The Dallas Cowboys Will Have More Than Enough Trade Ammunition” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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