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Friday, April 26, 2013
Cowboys draft Baylor wide receiver Terrance Williams

By Calvin Watkins

IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys drafted Baylor wide receiver Terrance Williams in the third round on Friday night. Williams is one of two picks in this round for the Cowboys.

The Cowboys acquired this pick in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday which got the Cowboys center/guard Travis Frederick from Wisconsin.

Selecting Williams gives the Cowboys three offensive players taken in the first three rounds of this draft. Frederick was taken in the first round on Thursday and tight end Gavin Escobar was picked up in the second round on Friday night. Williams, 6-2, 210 pounds, is a smooth athlete with good speed (4.52 40 in the combine). Scouts admire his ability to find the quarterback when he's under duress.

His size could be a problem, especially if he runs routes across the middle and has to face linebackers and safeties. Williams, from W.T. White high school in Dallas, was considered one of the better receivers in college football.

Getting Williams adds some depth to the wide receiving corps. There is no question that Dez Bryant's status is secure, but the Cowboys expressed some concern about Miles Austin's health, dealt with hamstring injuries the last few seasons and Dwayne Harris, Cole Beasley and Danny Coale are also on the roster battling for playing time.

Harris emerged as the No. 3 receiver toward the end of the season but now has some competition.