2017 Cowboys Draft Target: Grambling State WR Chad Williams ⋆
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2017 Cowboys Draft Target: Grambling State WR Chad Williams

2017 Cowboys Draft Target: Grambling State WR Chad Williams

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2017 Cowboys Draft Target: Grambling State WR Chad Williams

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″


WR Chad Williams

(Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

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.


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.


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?

Brian Martin

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

  • 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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