The Cowboys picked Williams with the No. 50 overall selection - one pick after NFC East rival Philadelphia traded up with Indianapolis to select South Dakota State tight end Dallas Goedert.
"When you lose a player like Dez and what he's brought to the table throughout his career, we're remaking our receiving room, " executive vice president Stephen Jones said.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys have drafted a tight end with Jason Witten on the verge of retirement after 15 seasons. In his three years at Alabama, he rushed for 1,512 yards on 267 carries with 20 TDs. For the first time in the common draft era four quarterbacks were selected in the top 10. Overcoming that torment, he said, helped him reach his level of success in football.
Some teams projected the 6-foot-5, 296-pound Williams as a guard, but the Cowboys could keep him at tackle. The only other issue could be 33-inch arms, which is a bit on the short side for a tackle in the NFL.
But Dallas goes for defense for the second-straight year.
In three year's at Stanford, Schultz caught 55 passes for 555 total yards, and five touchdowns. The compensatory choice was their second of the fourth round. The interior of the defensive line is arguably the biggest need, depending on the view of life without Witten.