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Prospect Profile: Texas T Connor Williams

Posted Mar 9, 2018

Connor Williams

Tackle | Texas | Junior

Height: 6-foot-5 | Weight: 296 pounds

College Stats

2017: Played in and started five games, including season opener against Maryland, where he helped the Texas offense rack up 473 total yards, including 375 through the air; named Academic All-Big 12 Second team; named to the 2017 watch lists for the Maxwell Award, Outland Trophy and the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award; named a preseason All-American by the Associated Press, Sporting News, College Football News and Athlon Sports; missed seven games with a left knee injury

Career: Started all 28 games played for the Longhorns; named Academic All-Big 12 Second Team in 2017 and was a consensus 2016 First-Team All-American, becoming just the fourth sophomore in Longhorns history to receive First-Team All-America honors; earned First-Team All-Big 12 honors from the Associated Press and Big 12 coaches in 2016; was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection as a freshman in 2015

Combine Results

40-yard dash: 5.05 seconds

Bench press: 26 reps of 225 pounds

Vertical jump: 34 inches

Broad jump: 9 feet, 4 inches

3-cone drill: 7.83 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.63 seconds

Profile

Summary: After standing out at Coppell High School, Williams made an immediate impact on the Longhorns offensive line, starting 12 games as a true freshman in 2015 and earning First-Team Freshman All-America honors by the Football Writers Association of America, USA Today and ESPN.com. Williams impressed again as a sophomore, starting 11 games, but missed the majority of his junior season with a left knee injury before declaring for the NFL Draft.

According to his NFL.com draft profile, Williams has earned a reputation as a locker room leader and is dedicated to his workout and training regimens. He is described as having “outstanding hand placement” and as understanding “target points on defender’s frame and shoots hands into them like a marksman.”

NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein called Williams a “personal favorite,” but added that his 2017 tape didn’t reflect the same work he had seen in his first two seasons at Texas. Zierlein said that Williams “seemed to lose some lateral quickness and had troubles holding up at a high level in protection” and opined that a move to guard or center could be a possibility in the pros. Zierlein predicted that Williams “will be a good NFL starter” if he returns to his 2016 form.

Stacking up: Williams was ranked as the third-best tackle in this year’s draft class by NFL Media analysts Mike Mayock and Bucky Brooks.

Academic achiever: Williams has excelled not only on the football field but in the classroom, as well. The tackle earned honorable mention Academic All-State honors in high school and at Texas was named to the Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team (2015-16) and was a two-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.