Texas offensive lineman Connor Williams waits to give an interview at the Big 12 media days in Frisco on July 18, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

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This week in NFL mock drafts: Could Malik Jefferson head to Dallas in a first round that omits Connor Williams?

Posted February 2nd, 2018


Will Connor Williams become a Cardinal? Will Malik Jefferson become a Cowboy?

With the NFL Draft upcoming, Texas will have no shortage of professional prospects. Williams, an offensive lineman, and Jefferson, a linebacker, both entered the draft after leaving a year of eligibility on the table. As did punter Michael Dickson, running back Chris Warren III and defensive backs DeShon Elliott and Holton Hill. 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?


This week, we’re pulling from the first-round predictions made by CBS Sports’ Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports’ R.J. White, NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks, NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein and the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Eddie Brown. Brown went two rounds deep on his mock draft.

Mock Draft Round-up: Part III

 CBS Sports (Trapasso)CBS Sports (White)NFL.com (Brooks)NFL.com (Zierlein)Union-Tribune
OL Connor WilliamsCincinnati (12th overall)N/ABaltimore (16)Arizona (15)Arizona (15)
LB Malik JeffersonN/ADallas (19)N/AN/APittsburgh (62)

Read more: With the NFL on the horizon, Texas’ Connor Williams prepares for his future

White sent Williams to the Arizona Cardinals with the 15th overall pick in his mock draft on Jan. 25, but this week’s mock draft is one of the few thus far that hasn’t featured UT’s standout lineman. The American-Statesman recently caught up with Williams, who is training in Florida ahead of the draft. If you’re wondering if Williams is keeping track of these mock drafts, he isn’t.

“I really don’t pay any attention to it because everyone can have their opinion on the matter,” Williams said. “I don’t think anyone’s ever hit it on the head perfect.  It’s really not necessary to even have a mock draft.”


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