Early on Tuesday, Dallas Cowboys guard Connor Williams posted a sick video of him doing a box jump on Twitter and said he can’t wait for the start of rookie mini-camp on Thursday.
“Thursday can’t come fast enough. Rookie mini camp. Just want to grind and play football. Let’s goooooooo. @dallascowboys"
At 6-foot-5 and 296 pounds, Williams is an athletic marvel who will make the move from offensive tackle in college at Texas to guard with the Cowboys.
A few hours later at the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame ceremony at AT&T Stadium, I caught up with Texas coach Tom Herman and asked him what stood out most about Williams, and he pointed to his strength, athleticism and work ethic.
“The biggest thing I think about with Connor when you get past how smart he is and how hard a worker he is I think just versatility,” Herman said. “He’s athletic enough to play tackle and be on the edge there. He is strong enough — he is really, really strong — to play guard and I think he is smart enough to play center. There is no position he won’t be able to play. He is going to be a hard worker for them. You are not going to find a guy that works harder than him."
Williams, who gave up just one sack in three years at Texas, is a first-round talent who fell to the Cowboys in the second round. He is expected to start immediately at left guard in place of the departed Jonathan Cooper.
Williams will join a star-studded line in Dallas that has three former first-round picks in left tackle Tyron Smith, center Travis Frederick and guard Zack Martin and a first-round talent in right tackle La'el Collins.