Texas left tackle Connor Williams, drops back to pass block against California's Puka Lopa, right, in the second half of the NCAA game held at Royal-Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, September 19, 2015. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

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Connor Williams at No. 1 overall? At least one 2018 NFL Draft predictor thinks so

Posted May 3rd, 2017


If you’re a Texas fan first, the past few NFL drafts have been awfully boring. The Longhorns haven’t had more than one player drafted since 2015, and have only had one first-round selection (Malcom Brown) since 2013.

That’s all about to change next year, at least if projections hold. In fact, according to the folks over at SECCountry.com, on Texas standout could be at the front of the conversation come next spring. The website has rising junior left tackle Connor Williams going No. 1 overall in a “way-too-early” mock draft.

The only bad news here for Williams is that, in this hypothetical, he’d be subjected to an indefinite amount of time living in Cleveland. He might want to start soliciting advice from Phil Dawson now.


We already know that NFL analysts and scouts alike are intrigued by Williams, who earned All-American status as a sophomore in 2016. Pro Football Focus is particularly infatuated with Williams, including him in basically every college football list it puts out.

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Taking a look around, PFF has Williams going No. 5 overall in its 2018 mock, but not every outlet is as high on the Coppell native. Mock drafts by SI.com and CBS Sports exclude Williams from the first round entirely, although CBS does have him as the top offensive tackle in a separate article.

Who else from Texas is represented? Unsurprisingly, linebacker Malik Jefferson is a near consensus first-rounder in the early mocks. The highest projection, again from SEC Country, has Jefferson going No. 16 overall to the Tennessee Titans. And CBS has him as the top linebacker in the class.

There are a still a lot of games to be played, and undoubtedly thousands more mock drafts to be made, but the fact that an SEC-centric website is so high on Texas players has to be a good sign.

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