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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Connor Williams loves Austin and will show it, while Malik Jefferson is using pizza to meet Bengals fans

Posted April 30th, 2018


It’s a been a big few day for the latest crop of Longhorn NFL Draft picks as they get acclimated with their new teams.

One player who doesn’t have that much work to do in learning his surroundings is Connor Williams. The first Longhorn drafted in 2018 with the No. 50 pick landed with his hometown team, the Dallas Cowboys. It was a dream come true for Williams, a Coppell High School star who came to Texas a 3-star recruit and went on to become an All-American left tackle.

On Monday, he picked his new number, 52, and explained that it has a little something to do with the Live Music Capital of the World.


While Williams is picking his jersey and loving life in a town that knows him pretty well, Malik Jefferson is getting familiar with the Queen City of Cincinnati.

Jefferson was selected in the third round with the 78th pick. Because he was the 14th pick of the third round — 3.14 — he was awarded one free pizza (Pi) a week for a year by Pizza Hut and, essentially, became the face of Pizza Hut in Cincinnati. On Sunday, Jefferson gave away free pizzas to fans in Norwood, a Cincinnati neighborhood, as the Mesquite native started off on the right foot with his new fan base.

Another Texas draft pick, Michael Dickson was having a little fun with his new team, the Seattle Seahawks. The Ray Guy Award winner, selected with the 149th pick in the fifth round, went to Twitter on Monday with a piece of art.

The final Longhorn pick of the draft, Deshon Elliott, hasn’t tweeted about crab cakes, jersey numbers or Photoshopped trophies, but he did get one of the best Longhorn pros excited on Saturday. Elliott was the No. 190 pick of the Baltimore Ravens, who employee the best kicker in the NFL, Justin Tucker.


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