The Cowboys decision to select Western Illinois linebacker Jason Williams does address a future need, but a more immediate future need at the position exists.
The Cowboys need a linebacker now, but more of the inside variety. They lost Kevin Burnett in free agency, and right now veteran free agent signee Keith Brooking is at best a short-term solution in the middle next to Bradie James. TCU inside linebacker Jason Phillips may have been, or still could be, a solution.
Williams, however, does still fill a need on the outside.
Linebacker Greg Ellis has one more year with the Cowboys, at most. Anthony Spencer is still well thought of, but he hasn't had a real breakthrough just yet.
The Cowboys wanted a backup who can develop into a full-time player, and Williams would fit that category.
- Mac Engel