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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

(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.

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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  1. AZCardsFan85

    May 11, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    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

      Brian Martin

      May 11, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      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

        May 11, 2017 at 3:53 pm

        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

          Brian Martin

          May 11, 2017 at 4:03 pm

          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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Cowboys Draft: Looking at West Virginia WR David Sills

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys Draft: Looking at West Virginia WR David Sills

Although the Dallas Cowboys won't be on the clock in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, they essentially invested their first pick in Amari Cooper. However, wide receiver remains a need for the team, specially with Cole Beasley heading for free agency. Out of West Virginia, Wide Receiver David Sills is an interesting potential target for Dallas. A quarterback-turned-wide-receiver story, Sills is one of those guys who constantly shows up when you watch his football team play. That's what you want in a receiver.

Let's dive in.

During his time playing for the West Virginia Mountaineers, David Sills was a scoring machine. He scored 35 career touchdowns (15 in 2018, 18 in 2017) and caught over 980 yards in each of his two seasons as a starter. The Big 12 is known for its lack of good defensive backs, which will naturally raise skepticism when discussing how good Sills really is but it shouldn't.

Sills is 6-foot-4 and weighs 210 pounds. His frame is constantly criticized but thanks to his size and his excellent ability to high point the football that shouldn't be an issue. He's one of the best in this draft class when it comes to 50-50 jump balls. He shines the most as a vertical threat, including over the middle of the field, which should be an interesting trait for the Dallas Cowboys. Throughout his career, he was almost indefensible when given the opportunity at deep over the shoulder passes.

Although he doesn't have the best acceleration, Sills' build-up speed can be lethal for opposing defensive backs. Paired with this is his skill to adjust for deep balls, slowing down when necessary to take on defenders.

What I personally like the most about Sills is his play in goal line situations. Whether it's playing inside on a slant or running a fade route, the Mountaineer wide receiver surely made a lot of opposing defenses suffer. Thanks to his background as a quarterback, his understanding of defensive coverages is pretty solid. He manages to find the defense's soft spots and get open constantly.

But why isn't he valued as a top prospect on this year's NFL Draft? Well, unfortunately, there are a few reasons for this.

First off, David Sills had some problems in the "drops" department. He has plenty of body catches that aren't necessary. When balls weren't on target, he often didn't make the play despite counting with a pretty good catch radius. He can greatly improve in his route running abilities and he was challenged by true press cornerbacks, struggling to release early.

For the Dallas Cowboys, Sills could be a solid contributor as a vertical threat and in the red-zone, where the offense struggled so much last season. With the class being quite loaded at wide receiver this year, Sills should be a realistic target even in the fourth round.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys Draft: Looking at West Virginia WR David Sills" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL 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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Cowboys Receive 4th-Round Compensatory Pick in 2019 NFL Draft

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Why Finishing 8-8 Improves Cowboys' 2018 NFL Draft Position

The Dallas Cowboys will receive an extra fourth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft after the league awarded compensatory picks today.

The pick will be 136th overall, which is one spot below were Dallas drafted Dak Prescott in 2016.

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And in other news... NFL awarded compensatory draft picks today - Patriots and Rams each received two third-round picks. The full list, per sources:

We have Anthony Hitchens to thank for this extra pick. The former Cowboys linebacker signed a five-year, $45 million deal with the Chiefs last offseason which far surpassed any of the deal that Dallas made with their own free agent acquisitions.

Only free agents whose contracts expired, not those released in the offseason by their previous team, count towards the compensatory pick formula.  Therefore, Allen Hurns' deal was not a mitigating factor.

As mentioned already, the fourth round of the NFL Draft recently gave Dallas its starting quarterback. Other notable fourth-round picks in the modern era have been Hitchens, Doug Free, Marion Barber, and Chris Canty.

Last year, Dallas drafted DE Dorance Armstrong and TE Dalton Schultz with fourth-round picks.

Already short their first and sixth-round picks this year from previous trades, the Cowboys are certainly happy to have this extra selection for April's draft.



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7-Round Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft: Pre-Combine Edition

Brian Martin

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I thought it would be a good idea to get out another 7-round Dallas Cowboys mock draft before the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine kicks off next week. Not only will the Combine shakeup a lot of people's big boards and draft rankings, but it will also be the first opportunity a lot of us will get to see some of these players firsthand.

For this Cowboys mock draft I used Matt Miller's big board on Fanspeak.com. I don't necessarily agree with where he has some of these players ranked right now, but that's part of the fun of doing these kind of exercises. With that said, he is still one of my favorite draft analysts.

Without further ado, here is my Pre-Combine 7-round Dallas Cowboys mock draft.

TE, Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M (2nd-round)

*189th on Matt Miller's Big Board

Jace Sternberger

Texas A&M TE Jace Sternberger (John Glaser-USA TODAY Sports)

First off, I think Matt Miller has Jace Sternberger ranked way too low on his Big Board. I don't think he will make it out of the second round and may not even be available for the Dallas Cowboys when they are on the clock with the 58th overall pick. But if he is, I'm writing his name down on the draft card and not looking back.

The Cowboys have made it pretty clear they want to upgrade their TE position, but in order to do that they're going to have to draft one pretty early in my opinion. Sternberger may be a one-year wonder at Texas A&M, but he is exactly what Quarterback Dak Prescott needs in the passing game. He would change the dynamic of this whole offense.

At 6'4", 250 pounds, Sternberger has the size the Cowboys look for in their starting tight ends. His biggest asset right now is his natural receiving ability and how dangerous he is after the catch. He runs and moves like a big receiver. He's decent as an in-line blocker as well, but it's an area of his game that is still improving.

OT, Bobby Evans, Oklahoma (3rd-round)

*89th on Matt Miller's Big Board

Bobby Evans

Oklahoma OT Bobby Evans

It's a little surprising it hasn't been brought up more this offseason, but with Tyron Smith's continued back problems and La'el Collins entering a contract year, the Dallas Cowboys could be looking into drafting another offensive tackle. I know it may be an unpopular pick in the third-round, but I couldn't pass up on Bobby Evans.

At 6'5", 300 pounds, Bobby Evans has the prototypical size teams look for in their starting offensive tackles. He is a smooth athletically gifted lineman who does his best work in the running game. He projects best in a zone blocking scheme where he can use his athleticism to his advantage. He will struggle a little bit in pass protection until he cleans up his hand technique.

With the Cowboys he could compete with La'el Collins for the starting RT position as a rookie, but at the worst be the teams swing tackle in 2019. Since he has the ability to play either tackle position, he would make a good insurance policy if Tyron Smith has to miss time again because of his back issues. Again it may be an unpopular pick, but a necessary one.

OLB, Christian Miller, Alabama (4th-round)

*161st on Matt Miller's Big Board

Christian Miller

Alabama OLB Christian Miller

With the Dallas Cowboys needing more depth at linebacker and defensive end, I decided to select Christian Miller with their first fourth-round draft pick. He unfortunately hasn't been able to showcase his skill set on a regular basis due to being buried on the depth chart at Alabama and some unfortunate injuries, but he has immense potential.

I think a lot of teams will look to draft him as a outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, but I really like the variety of roles he could play in the Cowboys 4-3 defensive scheme. I think he could replace Demian Wilson as their strong side linebacker, provide depth at defensive end, and be a special-teams demon as a rookie.

The Cowboys of course will have to be comfortable with his injury history, but in the fourth-round I don't think that would be a problem. If he can stay healthy he has Pro Bowl potential as a pass rusher because of his size (6'4", 247), athleticism and fluidity to bend and torque his body. This might be my favorite pick in this Cowboys mock draft.

DT, Daylon Mack, Texas A&M (4th-round comp pick)

*178th on Matt Miller's Big Board

Daylon Mack

Texas A&M DT Daylon Mack

The Dallas Cowboys could definitely use some more defensive tackle help, especially after all but washing their hands of David Irving. They currently just have Antwaun Woods and Maliek Collins on the DT depth chart, unless you want to count Tyrone Crawford. That's why I returned to Texas A&M for the second time in this Cowboys mock draft and selected Daylon Mack.

Daylon Mack is a former five-star recruit who never really lived up to his billing at Texas A&M. Don't let that fool you though, he has the talent to earn a starting job with the Cowboys as a rookie at either the one or three-technique. He is the kind of prospect Rod Marinelli would love to work with.

At 6'1", 327 pounds, Mack would provide some much-needed beef to the Cowboys defensive front. He has surprising athletic ability for his size and has a devastating first step to be the kind of disruptive DT Marinelli prefers along his DL. I really love his violent hands and raw athletic ability, and I believe he could be an absolute steal in the fourth-round even though Matt Miller has him ranked much lower.

WR, Jalen Hurd, Baylor (5th-round)

*159th on Matt Miller's Big Board

Jalen Hurd

Baylor WR Jalen Hurd

Outside of Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, the wide receiver position in Dallas is pretty dreadful. There are some young WRs who show some promise, but they still need more depth regardless. That's why I decided to take Jalen Hurd in the fifth-round in this Cowboys mock draft. He is one of the more intriguing prospects in the entire 2019 draft class.

The most intriguing aspect of Hurd's game is his background as a running back. He was a five-star recruit coming out of high school and was once considered a top RB prospect during his time in Tennessee before deciding to transfer to Baylor in order to switch to wide receiver.

At 6'4", 227 pounds, he has the prototypical size teams look for in a WR prospect. He reminds me a little bit of Cordarrelle Patterson, but is much more natural catching the ball. His route running is a little raw, but he has the ability to play in the slot or on the outside, something he did at Baylor. I think he could help replace some of Cole Beasley's lost production.

RB, Bruce Anderson, North Dakota State (7th-round)

* 206th on Matt Miller's Big Board

Bruce Anderson

North Dakota State RB Bruce Anderson

I reached a little bit with this pick, but if Bruce Anderson is available this late in the draft I would do everything within my power to bring him aboard if I was the Dallas Cowboys. I really think he could be the lightning to Ezekiel Elliott's thunder in the Cowboys backfield. I personally have him in the 3rd-5th round range, but can understand why he's ranked so low on Miller's Big Board right now.

Unfortunately, the draft process hasn't been very kind to Bruce Anderson so far. He was originally expected to open a lot of eyes in Mobile at this year's Senior Bowl, but unfortunately sustained an injury that kept him from competing. To make matters worse, he was a surprise snub at the Scouting Combine, meaning he only has private workouts and his Pro Day to impress scouts.

I for one am a big fan of Anderson's though. I believe he is exactly the kind of RB the Cowboys need behind Zeke. I personally see a poor man's Alvin Kamara when I watched his game film because of the different ways he can be utilized as both a runner and receiver. But, he can also contribute on special teams as a return specialist.

How do you feel about this 7-round Dallas Cowboys mock draft?



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