In 2011, the Dallas Cowboys did themselves a solid when they selected DeMarco Murray out of Oklahoma in the third round. According one new Cowboys account, they had their eye on another running back in the second round of that draft.
Ryan Williams was released by the Arizona Cardinals after three seasons with the team back in May and picked up by the Cowboys less than a week later. Dallas officials have said they were high on Williams coming out of college three years ago, and Williams, looking back on draft day, says at least one staffer told him they were set to take him in the second round.
But the Cardinals snatched him up before the Cowboys got the chance.
“To be honest, during the Combine, I didn’t think the Cowboys liked me,” Williams told Nick Eatman of DallasCowboys.com. “I got drafted on draft night and I had received a call asking me why did I go to the Cardinals. I can’t remember who called me but it was obviously someone with [the Cowboys] staff. And they said, ‘Oh, well you know, we were going to pick you with our second round pick but you’re a Cardinal now.’ ...
“I was just like, ‘Wow, the Cowboys liked me? This is the team I really wanted to go to, this is like my childhood favorite team,’ so it would have been like two dreams come true in one night.”
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