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Guard or Tackle: Where Should Cowboys Play Connor Williams?

Despite already having one of the best, if not the best, offensive lines in the NFL, the were fortunate enough to have former University of Texas Longhorn offensive lineman fall right in their lap in the of the 2018 . His addition to an already impressive OL unit should make them even more dominant.

Deciding to take Connor Williams with their second-round draft pick was a no-brainer for the Dallas Cowboys. Williams was considered by many as a surefire first-round draft pick, but due to inconsistent game film his last two seasons at UT, he saw his draft stock fall. But, you won't hear any complaining from him or the Cowboys.

Connor Williams knows he couldn't landed in a better place than the Dallas Cowboys. It would be any offensive lineman's dream to be surrounded by as much talent as the Cowboys have on their OL. I know if I was him, I would be impatiently waiting the opportunity to put on pads and get to work.

There shouldn't be any questions as to who the starting five offensive lineman will be for the Dallas Cowboys when the gets underway. The only question that may still be unanswered is where everyone will eventually lineup when the season starts?

Everyone is expecting Connor Williams to step into the vacant position between and . He was after all announced as a when the Dallas Cowboys selected him in the second round, so it seems plausible. But, I'm not so sure that's his best position.

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Dallas Cowboys OL Connor Williams

The Dallas Cowboys would love to just insert Williams at LG and hit the ground running, but I wouldn't be surprised if they did a little reshuffling to find the best starting five. Fortunately, I think this only involves two players… Connor Williams and .

Connor Williams and La'el Collins are very similar players when you take into account their versatility to play different positions and their measurable's. The only real difference is that Collins (320) has about 20 pounds on Williams (300) right now.

That doesn't really sound like a big deal. But, based on the eye test alone, Collins looks much more like an right now than Williams does. I may be reading a little bit too much into it, but it's not out of the realm of possibility the takes a good long look at both players to determine where they fit best.

Luckily, they have the rest of the to figure this out. But, it would be better to make a decision sooner rather than later. It would be in everyone's best interest for the to start building their relationship with one another and building on that continuity.

Whatever decision the Dallas Cowboys come to, you can bet that they believe they have put the best starting five on the field possible. And, I don't know about you, but I can't wait to see them opening up running lanes for this season.

Where do you think the Dallas Cowboys should play Connor Williams?

Brian Martin
Brian Martin
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great pick by us in the second, if not for his injury he would have been a first rounder.

definitely needs to start out at guard but should also get some work at tackle during OTA’s and TC.

the guy can move, we need that pulling guard that can maul at the point of attack and at the second level.


Williams also recovered from a knee injury during his senior year, which made me surprised he did not fall further. He might turn into a starting RT but I’m skeptical it will ever be pro-bowl LT. Then with the so-called short arms, and the fact that his frame can add weight and retain the agility he has – I think OG is the best first try.

Plus I don’t want to mess with Collins at RT. It was pretty good last year and has more upside to it.

We might know something by the weight that Williams comes into camp with. If the Cowboys are thinking LG, then they are probably asking him to add bulk right now.

I’m thinking LVE and Gallup are strikes, so if we get a starter out of Williams it can turn into a strong draft.

Mr. Jaguar

Imho, Williams will be a fixture @ LG, for the next decade. Williams, will also help to keeping T. Smith, healthy as well. With the LG position stabilized, T. Smith back issues, shouldn’t be a problem. T. Smith had to over extended himself last season, C. Green was @ LG,to compensate for Green’s limited skills @ LG. Earlier in the 2016 season, T. Smith had to over extended himself until LG Leary settled into the position. I wholeheartedly agree with your assessment, that getting Williams acclimated early @ LG, will benefit T. Smith, in getting the Cowboys offensive line jelling into a cohesive unit.

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