Philadelphia tight end Zach Ertz scores a touchdown against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on Feb. 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minn. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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This week in mock drafts: Which Super Bowl LII participant selects Connor Williams?

Posted March 16th, 2018

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Will Connor Williams become an Eagle? 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 the 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 the Denver Post’s Nick Kosmider, NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks, Draft Wire’s Luke Easterling, NJ Advance Media’s Darryl Slater and NBC Sports’ Ben Standig. Slater and Standig’s predictions covered two rounds.

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 Denver PostNFL.comDraft WireNJ Advance MediaNBC Sports
OL Connor WilliamsCincinnati (21)New England (31)Philadelphia (32)Arizona (15)Seattle (18)
LB Malik Jeffersonn/an/an/aOakland (41)Dallas (50)

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All of the aforementioned mock drafts have penciled Williams in as a first-round pick. Brooks and Easterling, though, have Williams falling to the end of the first round. The 31st and 32nd picks, of course, is where the Super Bowl participants reside.

Brooks thinks the 6-6, 315-pound Williams would be the perfect replacement for left tackle Nate Solder, who recently signed with the New York Giants. Easterling sent Williams to the Eagles to initially study under veteran Jason Peters.

A selection of Williams would bring Philadelphia’s Longhorn quota back to two since the team traded receiver Marcus Johnson earlier this month. (Jordan Hicks will be a fourth-year linebacker for the Eagles this upcoming season). Defensive tackle Malcom Brown is the only Longhorn on New England’s roster.

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