IRVING, Texas (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys will have to cool their
heels on Draft Day Saturday while they wait for the 51st pick.
While waiting, they might as well cue up some footage of Roy
Williams making big plays for the Detroit Lions and the Texas
For better or worse, Williams is the equivalent of Dallas'
first-round draft pick. And third-rounder. Sixth-rounder as well.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones gave up those picks and $45 million to
snag Williams from Detroit at the trade deadline last season. He
justified the expense by figuring Williams would juice up the
Dallas offense down the stretch and provide Tony Romo a big target
for years to come.
The first half of the plan fizzled. Williams had minimal impact
and the Cowboys were so bad down the stretch they ended up missing
Now Jones is keeping his fingers crossed about the long-term
prospects of Romo-to-Williams being a hit in the new $1.1 billion
stadium the team is moving into this fall. Jones already has made
the bold move of cutting Terrell Owens, and the equally bold move
of declaring part of the reason was to give Williams a bigger role
in the offense.