The Dallas Cowboys drafted Ole Miss pass rusher, Sam Williams, in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft and it did not take long for controversy to kick off regarding that player.
Williams was suspended from Ole Miss in 2020 after getting charged with sexual battery. However, the charges were later dropped and he was reinstated to the team.
“A pass rusher is a premium. A pressure player is a premium,” Jones said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “First and foremost, he’s a terrific player and a potential terrific pro as a player. He has a lot of energy, a lot of personality. We think that is a real positive for his play as well as the people around him. He brings a lot to the table. We thoroughly investigated those allegations and are completely satisfied that those are well within our comfort level.”
Last year, Dallas drafted cornerback Kelvin Joseph in the second round. Joseph is the subject of a Dallas police investigation into a fatal drive-by shooting in March.
“It’s the past. Obviously, I didn’t do anything,” said Williams. “It’s a new life, just a whole new start ahead of me. And that’s what I’m looking forward the most is a new start in a new area with great coaches, great teammates and my family.”
Williams will step into a role formerly occupied by Randy Gregory, who had plenty of issues as well. Gregory was suspended multiple times during his tenure with the Cowboys, but developed into a capable enough player that the Broncos signed him to a five-year, $70 million contract this offseason.
One thing about Jerry Jones, it does not matter how troubled a player may seem, if they have the talent, he will bring them on the team if it means he could get a better chance at reaching another Super Bowl.