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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AP: Texas’ Connor Williams one of best OL in college football

Posted May 10th, 2017

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Barring the unexpected, Connor Williams is going to break the streak.

Texas hasn’t had an offensive lineman drafted since 2008. A lot of large men have come and gone since Tony Hills was selected 130th overall by the Houston Texans, but none have had the hype Williams is generating heading into the 2017 season.

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Mock drafts love him almost as much as D’Onta Foreman, and Big 12 defensive coordinators lay awake at night trying to figure out how they’re going to scheme around the Longhorns’ 6-foot-6, 288-pound left tackle.

The latest love comes from Associated Press writer Ralph D. Russo, who placed Williams among the top six draft-eligible offensive linemen remaining in college football.

Here’s what Russo had to say:

Williams has grown into his massive frame during his two seasons at Texas while retaining quickness and athleticism. The 6-6, 320-pound junior is the best player on an offensive line that has experienced players but needs better overall play. Remarkably, Texas has not had an offensive lineman drafted since 2008. Williams is likely to break that string.

The hype train is rolling, and opponents had better get out of the way.

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