Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson (46) and defensive lineman Poona Ford (95) chase Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on Oct. 14, 2017. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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This week in mock drafts: How many Longhorns fit into a seven-round forecast?

Posted February 9th, 2018


Will Connor Williams become a Bengal? Will Malik Jefferson become an Eagle?

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.

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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 Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller, Draft Wire’s Luke Easterling, NFL.com’s Chad Reuter, CBS Sports’ Chris Trapasso and the Louisville Courier-Journal’s Gentry Estes. Miller and Easterling mapped out the entire draft. Reuter had his predictions cover three of the seven rounds.

Mock Draft Round-up: Part IV

 Bleacher ReportDraft WireNFL.comCourier-JournalCBS Sports
OL Connor WilliamsCincinnati (12th overall)LA Chargers (17)Cincinnati (12)LA Chargers (17)Minnesota (30)
LB Malik JeffersonNew Orleans (27)Miami (42)Philadelphia (32)n/an/a
DB DeShon ElliottLA Rams (120)Kansas City (86)Kansas City (86)n/an/a
DB Holton HillPhiladelphia (192)Seattle (132)n/an/an/a
DT Poona FordPittsburgh (220)n/an/an/an/a
P Michael Dicksonn/an/aNY Giants (66)n/an/a

Miller and Easterling both agreed that Williams, Jefferson, Elliott and Hill will all get picked. Miller also had Ford on his draft board, but neither he or Easterling found a landing spot for Dickson. Reuter, though, predicted that the New York Giants will become the fourth team since 2004 to use a third-round pick on a punter.


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