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Roy Williams | S | Oklahoma | Big Twelve Conference
Selected by Dallas Cowboys in round 1, pick 8 (8 overall)
Height Weight 40 Grade
6'0 219 4.53 4.11
Roy Williams
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Three-year starter forced to sit out as a true freshman after sustaining a back injury early in the season. All-American and All-Conference choice last year as a redshirt junior when he totaled 99/11/2/5/16. Again, All-Conference choice as a sophomore when he registered 93/12/4/2/10. 75 tackles his first full season in 1999 when he also broke up 11 passes. Used at both strong and free safety.

Impact player effective either defending the run, covering the pass or on special teams. Plays smart football; quick reading or anticipating the action, disciplined and rarely caught out of position. Does not bite on play-action or run action passes, competitive and shows a good head for the ball. Aggressive, likes to mix it up and a hard hitter that intimidates opponents. Strong defending the run, wraps up tackling and easily brings down opponents on initial contact. Displays quickness and explosion moving up the field and fluid moving laterally making plays out to the flanks. Solid as both a deep safety or when placed in man-to-man coverage. Jams receivers at the line of scrimmage and slows them up off the snap of the ball to the point where he'll halt from releasing into the play. Pursues the action with speed, quick locating the ball and constantly around the play. Effective making plays in any direction on the field and on coverage teams. Does not always show the great break on the ball or closing speed in pass coverage but gets the job done. Consistently improved as a collegian and has the abilities to impact from several positions in the defensive backfield at the next level. Early-to-Mid First Round.

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