Texas lineman Connor Williams (55) blocks against San Jose State on Sept. 9, 2017 in Austin. Texas won 56-0. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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This week in mock drafts: Will Connor Williams and Malik Jefferson still be teammates in 2018?

Posted February 16th, 2018


Will Connor Williams become a Bengal? Will Malik Jefferson also become a Bengal?

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 SB Nation’s Dan Kadar, CBS Sports’ Will Brinson, NFL.com’s Charley Casserly, the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Eddie Brown and WalterFootball.com. Kadar and Brown’s mock drafts covered two rounds. WalterFootball.com had five rounds worth of predictions.

Mock Draft Round-up: Part V

 SB NationCBS SportsNFL.comUnion-TribuneWalterFootball.com
OL Connor WilliamsCincinnati (12th overall)Cincinnati (12)Jacksonville (29)Arizona (15)Jacksonville (61)
LB Malik JeffersonCincinnati (46)LA Rams (23)n/aKansas City (54)Buffalo (117)
DB DeShon Elliottn/an/an/an/aCarolina (85)

If Kadar is correct, Jefferson and Williams will be orange-wearing teammates for a fourth straight season. Cincinnati would not be following a trend if it used two of its picks on Texas Exes.

Since 1986, two Longhorns have been drafted by the same team in the same draft on only five occasions. Cincinnati was actually the last team to include two Longhorns in the same draft class. The Bengals nabbed Jordan Shipley and Roddrick Muckelroy over the first four rounds of the 2010 NFL Draft.


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