Texas offensive lineman Connor Williams (55) stares down West Virginia safety Dravon Askew-Henry in Morgantown, W. Va., on Nov. 18, 2017. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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A Longhorn becomes a Cowboy: Texas OL Connor Williams taken by Dallas in NFL Draft

Posted April 27th, 2018

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Former Texas offensive lineman Connor Williams was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday.

Williams, who hails from nearby Coppell, was the 50th overall pick. Williams becomes the first lineman drafted out of Texas since Tony Hills was a fourth-round pick in 2008. Dallas last drafted a Longhorn in 2015 when it used a seventh-round pick on tight end Geoff Swaim.

Williams attended the draft. In a post-pick interview, an emotional Williams told ESPN that “It’s a dream come true.”

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Once a three-star prospect, the 6-5, 296-pound Williams became UT’s starting left tackle during his freshman year. As a sophomore, Williams was a consensus All-American who blocked for 2,000-yard rusher D’Onta Foreman. Williams suffered a knee injury during the third week of the 2017 season, but he returned for the final two games of the regular season.

Among the NFL-bound Longhorns, Williams has long been considered the top prospect. When he first declared for the NFL Draft in November, Williams was projected by some as a top-ten pick. Williams’ stock, however, dipped during the draft process as questions mounted about his health, junior season and the position he’d play professionally.

Longhorn linemen in the NFL's past 25 drafts

 YearRoundTeamNotes
Connor Williams20182 (50th overall)Dallas11th OL drafted in 2018
Tony Hills20084 (130)Pittsburgh32 career games, Super Bowl XLIII winner
Justin Blalock20072 (39)Atlanta125 career games (125 starts)
Kasey Studdard20076 (183)Houston25 career games (14 starts)
Jonathan Scott20065 (141)Detroit71 career games (35 starts)
Derrick Dockery20033 (81)Washington141 career games (115 starts)
Mike Williams20021 (4)Buffalo56 starts, 2002 NFL All-Rookie team
Leonard Davis20011 (2)Arizona155 starts, 3 Pro Bowls
Jay Humphrey19994 (125)MinnesotaDNP
Dan Neil19973 (67)Denver104 starts, Super Bowl XXXII and XXXIII winner
John Elmore19965 (139)New EnglandDNP
Blake Brockermeyer19951 (29)Carolina103 starts, 1995 NFL All-Rookie team

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