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Cowboys on the Clock: Roy Williams, #8 Overall

In just 8 days, the 2016 will begin from Chicago. Excitement will build as the go on the clock for the very first time as the modern Los Angeles Rams, hoping to choose a that can take their franchise to the top.

The Rams will be followed by the and before our enter the spotlight with the fourth overall pick. A fan favorite player for Dallas to land with this pick is Florida State .

In 2002, they came on the clock with the 8th overall pick after a trade with the and selected another defensive back that worked out pretty well for them.

That would be 5 time Pro Bowler . Let's take a closer look at him in this edition of !

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Williams played just three years of at Oklahoma under Bob Stoops before declaring for the NFL Draft. Still, he accomplished more in those seasons than most players do in their entire four year college careers.

In his sophomore year, he started on the 13-0 National Championship team, setting a school record on the way by recording 12 tackles for loss – the most by a defensive back in the program's history.

The following season, he won the Jim Thorpe Award and Bronko Nagurski trophy, making him the best defensive back and overall defensive player in the country. He was the Big-12 conference's , making their first team, while earning All American honors.

The highly decorated Williams helped lead the Sooners back to a BCS bowl, as they won 10 games and defeated Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl.

In his first year with the Cowboys in 2002, he was featured in a number of spots on 's . Primarily, Williams played as a deep with .

Roy Williams finished tied for the team lead in interceptions with 5, coming in second place for defensive rookie of the year. It did not take long for Williams to improve on his rookie campaign though, as the duo of Woodson and Williams was right back to work in 2003.

The two safeties gave Dallas the league's best defense, leading to their first playoff appearance since 1999. They would lose in the round to the Carolina Panthers.

Williams would play four more seasons as a Cowboy, but not without controversy. After his stellar 2003 campaign, would set him back in 2004. While he recovered to start all 16 games, he was asked to play more in coverage as a corner due to the need at that position the Cowboys had.

In 2005, he returned to his natural role of a hard-hitting safety, while continuing to create horse-collar tackles despite them being banned the year before – primarily due to his play.

He would be named to the this year, before a new 5 year deal with the Cowboys in 2006. Dallas returned to the playoffs for the first time since Williams' second season with the team, losing again in the on the road to Seattle.

This would again be the case for the Cowboys in the 2007 playoffs, ending a season in which Williams served a one-game for his horse-collar tackling while taking criticism from teammates.

The Pro Bowl safety would play just one more season as a Cowboy, appearing in 3 games during the 2008 season due to two separate injured suffered to his right forearm.

He would sign with the and play two seasons there following his release from the Dallas Cowboys in March of 2009.

On August 13th, 2015, Williams was named the greatest player to wear #31 in Dallas by our Inside The Star Staff Writer RJ Ochoa during his “Countdown to Kickoff” series.


The following players have also been drafted by the Dallas Cowboys with the 8th overall pick:

Greg Ellis, DE, 1998 Cowboys Draft - Cowboys on the Clock: Roy Williams, #8 Overall

Although he only hit double digit once in his Cowboys' career, was a consistent and durable starter along the team's from 1998-2008. He was a Pro Bowler in 2007, the year after suffering a season-ending Achilles .

I hope you enjoyed this edition of Cowboys on the Clock. To leave your feedback, just reply below or email

This series will go beyond the clock again tomorrow as we take a look at undrafted, fan-favorite WR Cole Beasley!

I'll be back with our most recent 6th overall pick on Friday. Until then, be sure to catch me talking sports today from 1-4 ET on 90.3 WMSC with “”! has the stream, and you can also listen on the iHeart Radio app!

Sean Martin
Sean Martin
Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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