When it came time for the Dallas Cowboys to make a pick in the third round (110th overall) of Sunday’s draft, they selected Oregon State DE Victor Butler. They could just as easily have taken Texas Tech DE Brandon Williams.
We say “just as easily” because the representatives at the Cowboys’ table at Radio City Music Hall had cards filled out with both players’ names when the NFL Events crew came over to await the pick and bring the card up to the stage.
There actually was a momentary bit of confusion before the pick ultimately was announced. A few folks at the nearby tables heard someone say the pick was “Brandon Williams, Oregon State.” In fact, the Cowboys took Butler, then waited for nine teams to pick before they had another shot. Fortunately for Dallas, only one defensive end was taken in the nine picks before its next selection, 120th overall, and it wasn’t Williams. So the card that had been sitting on the Cowboys’ table for almost an hour didn’t go to waste.