When the Dallas Cowboys traded the 18th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft to the San Francisco 49ers to move down 15 spots and get a third round selection, many fans thought their team got shafted. Many still do. But a re-draft by the good people over st Sports Illustrated says Dallas actually got two-first round talents for the price of one.
One of those players was center Travis Frederick, which was covered in my previous article. The other, is wide receiver Terrance Williams. Selected using that very same third round pick traded to Dallas from San Francisco (74th overall), the former Baylor Bear recorded 44 receptions for 736 yards and five touchdowns in his rookie campaign for the Cowboys. He was also named to ESPN Draft analyst Mel Kiper’s All-Rookie team in 2013. And he was a runner-up to make the Pro Football Writers Association’s All-Rookie team as well.
In their recent “redo” of the 2013 NFL Draft, SI.com decided Williams should have been selected in the first round by the Houston Texans at #27. That’s a whopping 47 pick difference. Here’s what Don Banks of Sports Illustrated said about the Williams pick:
“By season’s end Williams had emerged as a reliable and oft-targeted weapon for Tony Romo in Dallas, where he was second only to Dez Bryant in terms of receiving yardage at wide receiver. The Texans wouldn’t be in position to re-select Hopkins in this scenario, but Williams’ rookie-year production (44 catches for 736 yards and five touchdowns) would have aided the cause downstate in Houston. Every facet of Williams’ game showed steady improvement last season, and he’s got solid No. 2 receiver potential.”
Seen by many as the replacement for veteran wide out Miles Austin, Williams is poised to become the Cowboys starter along side Dez Bryant in 2014.