FRISCO - The Dallas Cowboys have been saddled with a weird reputation of "liking to take offense'' with their premier-round NFL Draft picks. There is no real evidence of this, though last year's first-round selection of Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb might serve as the critics' example.
In fact, the Cowboys recognize their need to use the draft to help both sides of the ball. And Florida State defensive tackle Marvin Williams, a source tells CowboysSI.com, is being eyed by Dallas as just that sort of help, maybe as a second-round pick in the April selection process.
This interior defensive line class is said to be not loaded with top-tier players - that is, first-round guy. But grabbing help for a Dallas collection of defensive tackles to help youngsters Trysten Hill and Neville Gallimore? Finding someone with 3-Tech skills but also a big enough body to do even more?
Along with adding help in the secondary, yes, the middle of the defensive line is recognized here inside The Star as an area in need of aid ... and yes, Marvin Wilson of Florida State is viewed by the Dallas scouting department as someone who could be that guy.
Wilson is 6-foot-3 and 303 pounds, and the kid who grew up in Houston has a nasty streak that some thing might make him as good as any prospect at his position - or at least they thought that before a minor knee surgery.
But he was impressive at the Senior Bowl, scouts say. And the Cowboys (like the rest of the teams) will obviously do their medicals. But the word is that he might be able to serve as a run-stuffer in the NFL right now, and that with development could become a viable pass-rusher as well.
Will he still be there when Dallas picks at No. 44?
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Before getting hurt, as a junior in 2019, Wilson recorded 44 tackles, 8.5 of them for losses and five sacks. He even had four pass breakups. Oh, and he seems to have his head screwed on as he oversees his own foundation called “Marvin’s Movement” that emphasizes financial literacy.
Marvin Wilson is about to see even more of a need for financial literacy in his own life, because he's going to get paid. Maybe as a second-rounder. Maybe by his home-state Dallas Cowboys.
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