Former Texas punter Michael Dickson puts his horns up after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between Texas and Baylor in Austin on April 7, 2018. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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This week in mock drafts: So, which NFL team wants to draft Texas’ punter?

Posted April 13th, 2018

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Will Connor Williams become a Brown? Will Malik Jefferson become a 49er?

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?

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This week, we’re pulling from the mock drafts made by Draft Wire’s Luke EasterlingNFLDraftScout.com’s Dane Brugler, CBS Sports’ R.J. White, WalterFootball.com’s Walter Cherepinsky and the New York Daily News’ Manish Mehta. The five mock drafts varied in size, but Brugler mapped out all seven rounds.

Mock Draft Round-up: Part XIII

 Draft WireNFLDraftScout.comCBS SportsWalterFootball.comNew York Daily News
OL Connor WilliamsCleveland (35)Jacksonville (29)Philadelphia (32)Washington (44)Buffalo (12)
LB Malik JeffersonPittsburgh (60)San Francisco (74)Dallas (50)Jacksonville (93)n/a
DB DeShon ElliottIndianapolis (104)San Francisco (143)n/aArizona (97)n/a
DB Holton Hilln/aHouston (103)n/aKansas City (124)n/a
P Michael Dicksonn/aOakland (110)n/aOakland (159)n/a
DL Poona Fordn/aSeattle (141)n/an/an/a

Read more: Michael Dickson goes through a different workout at UT’s pro day

Dickson was selected by Oakland in two of this week’s mock drafts. That makes sense since the Raiders recently cut Marquette King and former UC Davis specialist Colby Wadman, who has yet to appear in a NFL game, is the only punter on Oakland’s roster. The Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Michael Gehlken has reported that the Raiders have worked out Dickson.

We’ve already seen Dickson tied to Houston and Kansas City in previous round-ups, although both of those teams recently signed long-tenured punters to extensions. NFL.com sent the punter to the New York Giants with a third-round pick in February. In 18 of the past 19 years — with last year being the exception — a punter has been chosen in the NFL Draft. Dickson is trying to become only the third punter to be drafted after leaving school early.

The NFL invited seven punters to its combine, and Dickson was the only one who had a Ray Guy Award in his trophy case. Dickson averaged 47.43 yards per punt during a 2017 season that concluded with MVP honors in the Texas Bowl. Last season, only six punters in the NFL bettered Dickson’s average punt.

And hey, maybe Dickson can try out a different sport if the NFL doesn’t call. Ahead of UT’s 2-0 win over Baylor last week, Dickson threw a strike during a ceremonial first pitch. After the game, Texas coach David Pierce left a positive review on the baseball novice’s scouting report.

“I’ll give him an A+ because one, he didn’t know what a mound was, and two, he didn’t know what the rubber was on the mound,” Pierce said. “He stood on the rubber and he threw, great arm action, very short path, for a strike.”

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