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Draft Class Breakdown: LB Jason Williams


Preseason is on the horizon and the Dallas Cowboys 2009 rookie class is still relatively unknown. To say that they have been flying under the radar would be an overstatement. If it was not for the collapsing of the practice dome, most Cowboy fans might not even know that 12 players have been added to this roster.

To help the people out I will post a video of each rookie and give my personal breakdown of the player. We’ll take it from the top, and by top I mean 69th overall:

Selected: Third round, 69th overall

School: Western Illinois

Size: 6-1, 238lbs

I’m sorry to start out with such a boring “highlight” video but this is all that is on the net about this guy.

Since the video cannot speak for his ability his numbers will have to suffice. His 4.9 40-yard dash time was faster than any linebacker that was clocked at the NFL Combine. His 39 inch vertical leap and 26 reps on the bench press were both more than Aaron Curry, the first linebacker taken in the draft.

His tackle numbers show that he has the innate ability to sniff out the ball carrier as he has 42.5 tackles for losses in his career including 16.5 last season.

From the very few shots of Williams going full speed you can tell that he is good at keeping his head on the ball no matter who he is wrapped up with, which explains his abundance of backfield tackles. He has a downhill running style (shown around 2:25), which will allow him to pop off a few helmets when he starts seeing the field.

Unfortunately, that can also lead to a lot of over-pursuit, letting shifty ball carriers get a few extra yards. If any fans remember that nightmare against Baltimore last season, you know that yards after the first hit are one of Dallas’ downfalls.

The only issue that I could come across was his propensity to stand up straight way too early. When he starts facing fullbacks and linemen that are stronger than him his tailbone pad will get worn out pretty quickly.

I would not expect to see Williams playing a major role in the defense this season. Rather, he should rack up a lot of tackles on the special teams front, another problem area for the boys in blue. His downhill running style will be perfect for making a tackle after a 40-yard sprint.

If you want to keep up with the rookie’s progress, follow him on Twitter. His username is “jwill6.”

Check back for the (much more) comprehensive breakdown of the second pick, OL Robert Brewster.


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