Texas safety DeShon Elliott (4) tackles Oklahoma's Dimitri Flowers as linebacker Malik Jefferson closes in at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on Oct. 14, 2017. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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This week in mock drafts: Will Longhorns make up 12.5 percent of the NFL Draft’s second round?

Posted March 23rd, 2018

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

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 NFL.com’s Chad Reuter, Draft Wire’s Jacob Infante, Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson and the folks at DraftTek.com. Infante and Reuter’s mock drafts, respectively, covered two and five rounds, while DraftTek mapped out the entire draft. In addition to making his call on the first round, Wilson predicted Houston’s draft strategy and sent Elliott to the Texans with the 68th overall pick.

Mock Draft Round-up: Part X

 NFL.comDraft WireSports IllustratedHouston ChronicleDraftTek
OL Connor WilliamsCincinnati (21st overall)NY Giants (12)Arizona (15)Arizona (15)Cleveland (33)
LB Malik JeffersonPittsburgh (60)Oakland (41)n/an/aNew England (63)
DB DeShon ElliottKansas City (86)n/an/aHouston (68)Pittsburgh (60)
DB Holton HillCleveland (114)n/an/an/aOakland (41)
DL Poona FordPittsburgh (165)n/an/an/aCincinnati (112)
P Michael DicksonNY Giants (102)n/an/an/an/a

If the gurus at DraftTek are correct, Texas fans won’t need to tune into the draft until the second day. DraftTek has four Longhorns being selected between the first and 28th picks in the second round. Texas last had more than two Longhorns taken in the same round in 2003 when Cory Redding, Derrick Dockery and Chris Simms were each third-round selections.

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