Texas defensive back DeShon Elliott (4) scores after intercepting USC quarterback Sam Darnold (14) at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sept. 16, 2017. Experts expect Elliott and Darnold to both be taken in next week's NFL Draft. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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This week in mock drafts: Chasing history or continuing trends?

Posted April 20th, 2018


Will Connor Williams become a Viking? Will Malik Jefferson become a Texan?

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 the team at 247Sports, Draft Wire’s Luke Easterling, Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, DraftTek.com’s prognosticators and Pro Football Focus’ analysis team. 247Sports, DraftTek and PFF’s mock drafts each mapped out all seven rounds.

Mock Draft Round-up: Part XIV

 247SportsDraft WireSports IllustratedDraftTekPFF
OL Connor WilliamsNY Giants (34)Cleveland (33)Minnesota (30)Minnesota (30)Arizona (15)
LB Malik JeffersonKansas City (54)Indianapolis (67)n/aHouston (80)LA Rams (102)
DB DeShon ElliottDallas (116)Cincinnati (112)n/aTennessee (89)Philadelphia (132)
DB Holton HillMinnesota (167)n/an/aDetroit (82)Washington (163)
DL Poona FordSan Diego (251)n/an/aNew Orleans (91)Arizona (182)
P Michael Dicksonn/an/an/an/aBuffalo (121)

Last year, D’Onta Foreman became the first Texas running back taken in the NFL Draft since 2009. Like Foreman in 2017, Williams and Dickson will be chasing history next week. On the other hand, Jefferson, Elliott, Hill and Ford will be looking to continue a trend for Texas at the NFL Draft.

Texas last had an offensive lineman selected in 2008 when Pittsburgh took Tony Hills in the fourth round. Ex-Texas punter John Teltschik was once drafted, but he became a Chicago Bear in 1986.

In 2015, the Longhorns sent a linebacker (Jordan Hicks) and two defensive backs (Mykkele Thompson and Quandre Diggs) to the NFL Draft. Thanks to Hassan Ridgeway and Malcom Brown, UT has had a defensive tackle selected in two of the last three drafts.


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