Malik Jefferson (46), Connor Williams (55) and Chris Warren III (25) lead Texas onto the field at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Nov. 24, 2017. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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This week in mock drafts: Where do the Longhorns stand ahead of the NFL Combine?

Posted March 1st, 2018


Will Connor Williams become a Titan? Will Malik Jefferson become a Bill?

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 the 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 The Ringer’s Danny Kelly, Bleacher Report’s Timothy Rapp, Draft Wire’s Luke Easterling,’s Charlie Campbell and’s Chad Reuter. Campbell, Easterling and Reuter’s mock drafts covered four rounds.

Mock Draft Round-up: Part VII

 The RingerBleacher ReportDraft
OL Connor WilliamsTennessee (25th overall)Tampa Bay (7)Cincinnati (12)San Francisco (59)Dallas (19)
LB Malik Jeffersonn/aBuffalo (21)Pittsburgh (28)Cleveland (64)San Francisco (70)
DB DeShon Elliottn/an/aHouston (98)Houston (80)Cleveland (65)
DB Holton Hilln/an/aSeattle (120)Arizona (134)Chicago (115)
P Michael Dicksonn/an/an/an/aNY Giants (102)

Read more: Six Longhorns earn a chance to improve their draft stock at NFL Combine

Six of the aforementioned Longhorns will participate in the NFL Combine, which heats up on Friday. During the previous two years, only defensive lineman Hassan Ridgeway (2016) and running back D’Onta Foreman (2017) represented Texas at the annual showcase of draft-bound talent. Both players were eventually drafted.

Our Cedric Golden will be on the scene at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium this weekend. American-Statesman reporter Suzanne Halliburton also previewed the NFL Combine in Thursday’s newspaper.


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