Roy Williams vs. Phillip Buchanon

Quentin Jammer is going to be long gone by the time the Cowboys are on the clock with the sixth pick. Realistically, there are two more players that Dallas should consider, CB Phillip Buchanon and S Roy Williams. Here's why this year's first round pick should be used on one of the top players to ever come out of the Big XII.

When the NFL Draft comes rolling around the weekend of April 20th, there are going to be a lot of fans that are concerned, confused, and perhaps even bewildered when the Cowboys go on the clock.

The reasoning for all of this uncertainty stems around one football player, and his name is Quentin Jammer.

Whether you want to hear it or not, Jammer, the top ranked cornerback in the 2002 draft, is going to be long gone by the time the Cowboys make their selection. The Detroit Lions will likely be the culprit, but a whole host of other teams are ready to trade up and grab him if the opportunity presents itself.

In the grand scheme of things, it doesn't really matter who gets him, the important thing is that he won't be available for the Cowboys. And with his departure, that first slection in the draft for the Dallas Cowboys becomes very intriguing. Intriguing because there will be no clear-cut player to take with that all important first round pick.

With the talk of Jammer going early, many fans are now turning their attention to Miami CB Phillip Buchanon.

Don't do it, don't fall into the trap of taking the "second best cornerback" in the 2002 draft.

While Buchanon is a talented football player, he should not be chosen anywhere in the top ten selections of this year's draft. He's just not one of the top 10 players coming out of college this year, period. No argument you can make will convince me otherwise.

Jammer, who is a once in every 5-years type of player has all the physical tools, as well as the on-the-field production that you'd like to see at the cornerback position. The kid was only burned one time for a touchdown in his entire college career. That statement alone speaks volumes for his play. He clearly is one of the top 5 players available this year.

The same cannot be said of Phillip Buchanon.

To begin with, Buchanon, who is a solid player in his own right mind you, is jsut too much of a risk with such a high selection. He is only 5 feet 10 1/2 inches tall, and he is somewhat undersized at only 183 lbs. True, he is a genuine cover corner, and the Cowboys need help at that position, but he's just not a football player you draft that high. He is a small cornerback with solid speed, decent technique, and respectable stats. You don't draft a kid like that anywhere in the top 10 just because you need help at that position.

Instead, you take Oklahoma's hard hitting Roy Williams (6'0, 221). Williams, probably one of the top prospects to come of college at the safety position in the last 5 years, is a bonafide playmaker. He is a physical force in the secondary, and he's generally considered the second best pass defender in this year's draft.

Some experts even think that he has more potential in the NFL than Jammer. In fact, Williams was the 2001 Jim Thorpe Award winner, an honor which recognizes the nation's top defensive back, and he also captured the 2001 Bronko Nagurski Award as the best defensive player overall.

More importantly, he fills a pressing need in the Cowboys' secondary at free safety.

Trust me on this one, there are a whole range of pure cover cornerbacks that Dallas can look at in the second round with talents very similiar to Buchanon. Mike Rumph (Miami) or Sheldon Brown (South Carolina) are two names that immediately should jump out at you. But you won't find another Roy Williams, at least not this year.

Last season, Williams registered 101 tackles, including 10 for losses. He also had five interceptions, 27 passes defensed, two sacks and three fumble recoveries. Simply put, he dominated all of the big games played in one of the toughest conferences in America, and he'll likely do it again in the NFL.

Let me put it another way. If you are the Dallas Cowboys and you are dead set on drafting Phillip Buchanon, trade down. Trade down because he'll still be there outside of the top 10, and perhaps even the top 15. Don't make a mistake and take him with the sixth pick. Doing so would be like wasting draft picks, because you likely could still get him 9 or 10 selections later.

So Jerry, if you are listening out there, put Roy Williams in a Cowboys' uniform- you won't regret it. The kid has NFL star written all over him, and without a doubt, he'll be a difference maker in this league for years to come. And whatever you do, don't take Philip Buchanon just because this team needs a cornerback. You can find similar talent as far down as the third round in this year's group.

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