Dallas Cowboys 6th Round, Pick 192
Milton Williams, DT, Louisiana Tech
Williams this late in the draft couldn’t be a better value pick. The Bulldog would be the third defensive tackle the Cowboys take in this draft, but acting like we shouldn’t be taking multiple shots at the lottery for a position the team has traditionally undervalued would be rather naive.
Williams has been a popular late-round commodity because of his very good athletic ability. While he has a similar size profile to the previously mentioned Osa Odighizuwa standing at 6-foot-3, 284 pounds, Williams is oozing with athletic potential. His 4.62-second 40-yard dash, 6.87-second 3-cone drill, 4.25-second short shuttle, and 38.5-inch vertical jump were historically great numbers.
In addition to his athletic ability, Williams competitive toughness and motor are very good helping him dominate the offensive lineman of Conference USA on effort alone. However, he won’t be so fortunate to win the same way as often once he reaches the next level, especially with his weirdly short 31.5 inch arms.
Currently, Williams is solid in run support. His upfield burst is good because of his general explosiveness and motor and it allows him to engage contact at the point of attack. He has solid play strength to leverage gaps and plays at a consistent pad level. He could work on disengaging from his blocker because his overaggression while leveraging causes him to overpursue ball carriers. He often plays like a bottle rocket ready to explode.
As a pass rusher, he can win with speed, counter moves, and bull rushes but his inability to decide how to attack the leverage of the OT or OG leaves him hesitant on which moves he can use. His bend is fairly good for someone his size; he should be using it more often to collapse the pocket.
Williams would be a fun player to select at this point in the draft because of how good his athletic ability and motor are. Allow Dan Quinn to groom as many young athletic defensive linemen as he can and surely someone is going to make an impact, right? Right?…