A wide receiver? Another skill player? Where is the need for Terrance Williams when you have Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and Dwayne Harris? Let me tell you this, Terrance Williams fills a big need and was an absolute steal in the third round for the Dallas Cowboys.
For the last two years, I complained that the Cowboys have lacked two things from their receiving corps: They lacked another outside wide receiver to pair with Dez Bryant and they didn’t have a deep threat with speed who could take the top off the defense. On Friday, the accomplished both by selecting Baylor WR Terrance Williams in the third round.
Williams really came into his own in 2011 with Robert Griffin III as his quarterback. That season he hauled in 59 receptions for 957 yards and 11 touchdowns. But what was even more impressive was after RGIII left in 2012, Williams elevated his play and became one of the premier players in college football. In 2012, he led the nation in receiving yards, piling up 1,832 yards on 97 catches to go along with 12 touchdowns. As a prospect, I believe he falls somewhere between last year’s first round pick from Baylor, Kendall Wright and the 2012 second round supplemental draft pick Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns.
Terrance Williams is what this offense has lacked the past few years. They desperately needed a wide receiver that can stretch the field and open up passing lanes for Jason Witten and Gavin Escobar.
I watched Terrance Williams closely last year at Baylor and came away very impressed. But this week I went back and re-watched Williams with the intent to provide a short scouting report on him and this is what I observed:
Williams excels on throws down the sideline and makes the tough catches look routine. He is more of a build-up speed guy, but will run by defenders down the field. He is a very smooth athlete and has amazing body control when tracking the ball over his shoulder. At times Williams does let passes get to his body and he will also need to improve on some concentration lapses that have led to some drops. He needs to work on his route running, but will get away with being primarily a vertical threat in his first few years in the league. To me, he looks like a prototypical #2 wide receiver in today’s NFL.
Terrance Williams will challenge Dwayne Harris for the third wide receiver during training camp. When Williams is on the field, he is capable of playing all three wide receiver positions. I believe that Williams will prove that he was absolutely worthy of the 74th pick in the 2013 draft.