Texas offensive lineman Connor Williams (55) signals touchdown during an NCAA college football game against West Virginia in Morgantown, W. Va., on Nov. 18, 2017. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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This week in NFL mock drafts: Another orange-wearing team is a fit for Connor Williams

Posted January 19th, 2018

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Welcome to the off-season, which is also mock draft season.

With the NFL Draft upcoming, Texas will have no shortage of professional prospects. Offensive lineman Connor Williams, linebacker Malik Jefferson, punter Michael Dickson, running back Chris Warren III and defensive backs DeShon Elliott and Holton Hill all entered the draft after leaving a year of eligibility on the table. Defensive tackle Poona Ford and receiver Armanti Foreman are among the UT seniors who could catch the attention of NFL scouts.

The NFL Draft doesn’t kick off until April 26. That leaves plenty of time for all-star games, pro days and mock drafts. So, what are these NFL insiders seeing in their crystal balls when it comes to the Longhorns?

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This week, we’re pulling from the first-round predictions made by ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Jr., NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah, Bleacher Report’s Alec Nathan, CBS Sports’ R.J. White and Pro Football Focus’ Steve Palazzolo.

All five analysts are forecasting a first-round selection of Williams. Only White, however, thinks that both Williams and Jefferson will be chosen on the NFL Draft’s opening day.

Mock Draft Round-up: Part I

 ESPN (Kiper)NFL.comBleacher ReportCBS SportsPro Football Focus
OL Connor WilliamsMinnesota (31st overall)Cincinnati (12)Cincinnati (12)Jacksonville (29)Chicago (8)
LB Malik JeffersonN/AN/AN/ANew Orleans (27)N/A

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