If the 2013 second-round selection of San Diego State tight end Gavin Escobar in the NFL Draft was ill-advised, the Dallas Cowboys probably made up for that with their following selection of Baylor wide receiver Terrance Williams.
This selection might not have seemed like that big of a deal to some at the time, but already we can see that this choice might be the kind that helps propel a franchise forward a few steps, regardless of where they currently are.
Cowboys fans both old and new are fully aware that the defensive side of the football isn’t too likely to be a strength in 2014. Most anybody, at this point in time, would take it and run if told that the Dallas defense would be any better than it’s been the last two seasons.
Having said that, the pressure really mounts for an offense which is led by a twelfth-year veteran quarterback coming off two back surgeries less than a year apart. The most recent operation, now a half-year old, isn’t expected to effect Tony Romo‘s play this season.
Yes, the Cowboys have something in Williams that they probably haven’t had since Alvin Harper played alongside Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin. In other words, Williams is the receiving threat that’s capable of almost completely balancing the field. This possibility alone makes the Dallas offense better, but there’s also the reality that Romo can actually go to Williams with the expectation that a big play can be made.
Harper was a big play machine for the Cowboys beginning his rookie season in 1991. He didn’t make them all the time, but he was often heard from and even more often in the biggest of games. Harper, not a spectacular pass-catcher by nature, forged a nice professional career out of simply cashing in on all of the talent surrounding him. His combination of size and speed might have been even more impressive than that of Williams.
Yet somehow, Williams seems to have the look of a wide receiver with star potential for the NFL. He more than shows the ability to shine amidst the presence of another primary wideout in Dez Bryant, the undisputed No. 1 receiver in Dallas. Bryant’s presence alone gives Williams room to operate and I don’t expect that room to get much smaller—Irvin’s presence left Harper the same kind of benefits.
Williams had a rookie season that compares favorably to all first-round wide receivers chosen in his ’13 draft class.
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