Dallas Signs Third-Round Pick Terrance Williams

The Dallas Cowboys have signed their fourth draft pick since the draft.  Former Baylor wide receiver Terrance Williams was signed to a four-year contract with a $619,500 signing bonus.  Williams was selected with the extra pick they acquired in the draft-day trade with San Francisco, moving them from 18 to the number 31 spot where Travis Frederick was chosen.

The Dallas native is expected to play slot receiver, taking on the no. 3 receiver position behind Dez Bryant and Miles Austin.  Reports are that he has had a slow start to minicamp, but his play improved and it turned into a productive minicamp, which ended last week.  Some experts predict that if Bryant or Miles go down for an injury, Williams could have the same type of year Laurent Robinson had during his time with the Cowboys.

Williams caught 97 passes for 1,832 yards, which led the entire country and 12 touchdowns as a senior for the Baylor Bears.  For his career, which included catching balls from Heisman trophy winner, Robert Griffin III, for one season, he caught 202 catches for 3,334 yards with 27 yards.  His best season came his senior year as he averaged 18.9 yards per catch.  In his junior season and Griffin’s Heisman season, he caught 59 passes for 957 yards and 11 touchdowns with a 16.2 average.  Williams was a three year starter at Baylor starting ten games in 2010.  His numbers that year were 43 catches with 484 yards and 4 touchdowns.  He also led the team in kickoff return average, having a 21.4-yard average.  His redshirt freshman year he had returned kickoffs for 768 yards with a 24.1-yard average.

Williams earned first-team All-American honors in 2012 and also garnered honorable mention honors from his Big 12 coaches the season before.

His attributes include having a tall vertical frame to throw to, he is a big red zone target who can go up and get the ball.  He does very well in shaking off his defender and enough speed to scoot down to the sidelines.  He is able to adjust his routes effectively when his quarterback begins to scramble, a very helpful tool to have considering quarterback Tony Romo does a lot of scrambling around.  His blocking skills are considered excellent, he doesn’t mind throwing his body into defenders and sticking with his blocks.  He will have to adjust to being a slot receiver; he was an outside receiver during his career with the Bears.  He didn’t run a big variety of routes while operating in the Spread offense under head coach Art Biles.  There were times he did not complete his routes if he wasn’t the primary target; that has more to do with attitude than skill, which should be an easy fix.  He isn’t a natural hands catcher utilizing his body more than he probably should.  William’s upside is very good, the weaknesses pointed out are easily fixable and he can have a great career with the Cowboys if he follows through on what the coaches tell him plus staying out of trouble, not following Dez Bryant’s footsteps.

Williams was born and raised in Dallas, he attended W.T. White High School playing for the White Longhorns.  During his senior season he had 59 receptions for 972 yards with 8 touchdowns.

Dallas has to sign Frederick, second-rounder tight end Gavin Escobar, and third-round safety J.J. Wilcox.

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