Speed to burn

The argument can be made that the most dangerous defensive weapon in football is a lightning-fast pass rusher. The Cowboys already have one of the best in the business in Pro Bowler DeMarcus Ware, and might have added another with their first pick in the 2009 NFL Draft in Jason Williams (6-1, 241, 4.49) is an outside linebacker from Western Illinois.

Williams is, above all else, fast — in fact, his time in the 40-yard dash is the fastest among the top 25 linebackers in the draft. But this weakside linebacker prospect is more than just a track star in pads — he also was a very productive player at WIU.

After sitting out the 2004 season as a redshirt, Williams played four seasons, starting three, for the Leathernecks. He played 42 games and racked up 289 tackles in his career, including a career-best 107 in his junior season. More importantly, Williams is an aggressive player who spent a lot of time on the opponent's side of the line of scrimmage, collecting 46.5 tackles-for-loss and 15 sacks. He had double-digit tackles-for-loss totals in each of the last three seasons, including 16.5 as a junior and 17 as a senior. He also forced 14 fumbles in his career, tying the record for the most in all levels of NCAA football.

Williams' performances earned him first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference honors in each of his last two years, and even garnered some All-America consideration.

His stock might have fallen a little because of the level of competition he faced, but his physical gifts were impossible for the Cowboys to ignore. He plays low to the ground and does everything fast. He's an aggressive pass rusher who is an excellent blitzer. But he also has the motor to chase ball carriers from one sideline to the other and can drop effectively into coverage.

His Pro Day only underscored what scouts felt after watching him play. Williams wowed scouts by running several 40-yard dashes in the 4.4s, benching 225 pounds 26 times and recording a 39-inch vertical leap, all of which contribute to his explosive hitting ability.

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