Draft Day Target: WR Mike Williams

Former USC wide receiver Mike Williams is an intriguing option that will be looked at closely by the entire league this April. However, does he somehow fit into the Cowboys' draft plans? <BR>

One documented need for the Dallas Cowboys this offseason will be at cornerback, where the organization must find someone to start next year opposite Terence Newman.

Whether that player is selected in the draft or picked up via free agency is anyone's guess, but the need is obviously there.

But cornerback is just one of the primary needs for this team going into next season. Other needs continue to exist on both sides of the ball. One need we at SilverStarDigest would like to examine today is at wide receiver.

Veteran Terry Glenn, the teams top returning receiver this past season, missed most of the year with a foot injury. And the once promising Antonio Bryant was traded to the Browns during the season after repeated tirades with Bill Parcells.

Other players, such as Patrick Crayton and Quincy Morgan made their mark at various points in the season, but neither can likely be depended on in the future...at least not as true playmakers that can carry the load.

One player that could become an instant impact for any team that drafts him, is former USC wide receiver Mike Williams.

"He made a poor choice battling the NFL in court last April and could pay a price next year as he will slip down boards."
Williams may be best know for the legal challenges he was unable to overcome to enter last year's draft, but it won't stay that way for very long.

He's big, he's fast, and was an outstanding wide receiver for the Trojans during his time there.

"Williams is a big bodied, possession receiver that's strong at the point, easily beats jams at the line of scrimmage," notes NFL Draft Expert Tony Pauline.

"He runs adequate routes, but displays great power in all aspects and a dominant force. He also possesses soft hands, and adjusts to the errant throw then looks the pass in."

During his last year at Southern Cal, Williams caught 80 catches for 1,167 yards (14.6 average) to go along with 14 touchdowsn.

"He was tremendously productive during his only two seasons at USC, and he projects well at the next level as a prototypical possession receiver. Unfortunately, he made a poor choice battling the NFL in court last April and could pay a price next year as he will slip down boards."

As it stands now, Williams is currently ranked as the fourth best receiver in the 2005 NFL Draft by Scout.com.

So does he fit into the Cowboys draft plans?

Probably not, and especially not with the 11th overall pick.

Dallas already has a possession receiver in Keyshawn Johnson. Johnson has a similar build to Williams and the lack overall true speed may be the one aspect of his game that would keep him out of the silver and blue.

But the Cowboys do need help at wide receiver, and should he be available near the end of the first round, when the Cowboys go on the clock again, perhaps he would receive more consideration.

Stay tuned to SilverStarDigest.com, as we continue to break down some of the Cowboys' top draft targets in the coming weeks and months.

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