Safety Roy Williams and cornerback Terence Newman were both first-round selections of the Dallas Cowboys, selected by Bill Parcells. Both were also top-10 selections with Williams going No. 8 overall in 2002 and Newman fifth overall the following season. The former made five consecutive Pro Bowls from 2003 through 2007 and was named an All-Pro (2003) during his seven years in Dallas, while the latter made two Pro Bowls (2007, 2009) in his nine-year stint.
They both recently got together for the First & Then special presented by Dr. Pepper Zero Sugar. When asked about what advice they would give the Cowboys 2021 first-round pick, they were very forthcoming in their responses.
“Cherish every moment of it, you know, because it only happens once,” Newman said. “You only get drafted one time. You’re going to be a first-round draft pick for the rest of your life. As long as you play football, everybody’s going to remember you from that day. You’re going to have your friends, your family, you’re going to have the people that are close to you watching with you. You’re not going to have those moments 15-20 years down the road. Those are just going to be memories.
I would also say to just be humble, and ask questions. The more you talk the less you learn. You ask questions you get all the answers you can from all the people around you. And just do your job, be respectful and I just think that being humble and respectful is probably going to get you far.”
Williams’s words pretty much echoed those of his former teammate.
“Learning how to be a pro,” Williams said. “You will learn more if you stay quiet and be observant of what’s going on around you, and you’ll understand the dos and don’ts. Having that title as the No. 1 pick, yeah, I mean once your name is called, I mean the rest is history. You’re a part of history. You’re a part of an elite group of Cowboys that have carried this torch and carried it well, and they will be the next one in line to carry that torch. And understand what it means to have that star on the side of your helmet.”
One thing is for certain, the Cowboys will have plenty of options with the No. 10 overall selection.
Tight end Kyle Pitts out of Florida is the flashy (or generational according to some) choice of the bunch. At 6-foot-6 and 242 pounds, Pitts is a matchup nightmare who can also slide outside and play wide receiver. With Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, CeeDee Lamb, and a returning Blake Jarwin already on the roster, the Cowboy’s offense would be must-see TV.
The two players most linked to the Cowboys in the first round are the top two cornerbacks in this year’s draft, Alabama’s Patrick Surtain, and South Carolina’s Jaycee Horn.
They both have an NFL pedigree seeing as their father’s played in the league. Surtain is the more technically sound of the two and seems to be more NFL-ready, while Horn’s aggressive style as a press-man corner makes him an intriguing prospect.
Fans shouldn’t forget about the trenches on the offensive side of the ball though. Oregon’s Penei Sewell and Northwestern’s Rashwan Slater, the top linemen in this class, are also options. With injuries to Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, and La’el Collins in 2020, the Cowboys could very well add depth to their offensive line if the three previous players mentioned are off the board.
Which way will the Cowboys go on Thursday? That remains to be seen but regardless of the path they take they will add a top-notch piece to their roster.