Texas offensive lineman Connor Williams runs the 40-yard dash during the NFL football scouting combine on March 2, 2018 in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

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This week in mock drafts: Could Cleveland use one of its draft picks on Connor Williams?

Posted April 6th, 2018


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

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. So, what are the NFL insiders seeing in their crystal balls when it comes to the Longhorns?


This week, we’re pulling from the mock drafts made by Draft Wire’s Luke Easterling, NFL.com’s Chad Reuter, Pro Football Focus’ Steve Palazzolo, WalterFootball.com’s Charlie Campbell and the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Eddie Brown. Easterling, Palazzolo and Brown’s mock drafts covered three rounds. Campbell published four rounds worth of predictions. Reuter mapped out five rounds of the NFL Draft.

Mock Draft Round-up: Part XII

 Draft WireNFL.comPFFWalterFootball.comUnion-Tribune
OL Connor WilliamsCleveland (35)Cleveland (29)Seattle (17)San Francisco (59)Cleveland (33)
LB Malik JeffersonTennessee (57)Dallas (50)n/aTennessee (57)Jacksonville (61)
DB DeShon ElliottTennessee (89)Seattle (120)Cincinnati (100)Dallas (81)n/a
DB Holton Hilln/aDallas (171)n/aNew Orleans (127)n/a
DT Poona Fordn/aPittsburgh (165)n/an/an/a
P Michael Dicksonn/aNew York Giants (108)n/an/an/a

Three of this week’s mock draft have Cleveland using one of its many draft picks on Williams, a 6-6, 315-pound left tackle. Cleveland is in the market for a player of Williams’ caliber since 10-time Pro Bowl selection Joe Thomas retired in the off-season. Spencer Drango, a fifth-round pick in 2016 who attended Baylor and Cedar Park High, backed Thomas up on the Browns’ depth chart last season.

Currently, Cleveland does not have any Longhorns on its roster. The Browns have drafted eight players out of Texas, most recently Emmanuel Acho in 2012.


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