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Friday, April 26, 2013
Cowboys take WR and safety in third round

By Dan Graziano

The Dallas Cowboys picked Baylor wide receiver Terrance Williams with the 12th pick of the third round (74th overall). That's the pick they got from the 49ers as part of their first-round trade-down Thursday night, and it means that they ended up getting Williams and Travis Frederick (whom they picked at 31) with their original first-round pick. Williams was the third pick the Cowboys made in this year's draft, and each of those first three were offensive players -- the center/guard in Frederick to address their most glaring need, then two passing-game weapons for quarterback Tony Romo in tight end Gavin Escobar and then Williams, the big-play wide receiver who led the nation in 30-plus yard catches (23) and 40-plus yard catches (15) in 2012. Having just signed Romo to a long-term extension, it's clear the Cowboys want to stock weapons around them, and their first two picks Friday night address the issue of depth of receiving targets behind Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and injury-prone Miles Austin.

Then with their original third-round pick (80th overall), the Cowboys finally took a defensive player -- safety J.J. Wilcox of Georgia Southern. Wilcox is a hyper-athletic former wide receiver who has only one year of experience at safety in college but has the upside to develop quickly as he learns the position. He adds an interesting element to the stable of Cowboys safeties that already included Barry Church, Matt Johnson and veteran Will Allen. How much Wilcox plays likely depends on what he shows in camp, but certainly the Cowboys' roster offers opportunity for playing time at safety.