CONNOR WILLIAMS

Texas
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Prospect Info

College
Texas
Hometown
Class
Coppell, TX
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 5"
320 lbs
33”
Hands
10 1/2”

Prospect Grade

5.87
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
5.05
Seconds
 
Bench Press
26
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
34.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
112.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.83
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.63
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
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Williams joined the Longhorns after being named a second-team 6A All-State pick by the media as a high school senior. Even though he was "just" a three-star recruit coming out of the north Dallas suburbs, Williams proved himself a worthy starter at left tackle for all 12 games as a freshman. He was a freshman All-American pick by multiple outlets, as well as an honorable mention All-Conference selection by Big 12 coaches. Williams' strength in the run game and elite agility in pass protection made coaches, NFL scouts, and media outlets name him one of the best tackles in college football in 2016. He earned consensus first-team All-American and first-team All-Conference accolades after starting 11 of 12 games at left tackle. His junior season was marred by injury, however; Williams started just five games (first three games, final two regular season games) at left tackle due to a left knee injury. He sat out the team's bowl game to prepare for the NFL Draft.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 1-2
NFL Comparison
Jake Matthews
Overview
Williams has been a personal favorite since studying his freshman season, but his 2017 tape didn't match his previous body of work. Williams seemed to lose some lateral quickness and had troubles holding up at a high level in protection. A move to guard or center is a possibility depending on how his arm length measures out. Williams is a plus run blocker with plug-and-play technique across the board. If he regains his 2016 form, he will be a good NFL starter. If not, he'll be an average NFL starter.
Strengths
  • Leader in locker room and voracious worker in weight room
  • Carries good lean muscle mass
  • Outstanding technician from before his first college snap
  • Works for centered blocks
  • Good redirect and is fluid in pre-strike movements
  • Snaps hips for additional anchor when base blocking
  • Generally smooth with lateral footwork and slide sets
  • Works his tail off to gain position and secure playside blocks
  • Efficient in space and capable of making adjustments to moving targets
  • Sticks to blocks with powerful hands for long engagements
  • Quality finisher with some mean
  • Outstanding hand placement
  • Understands target points on defender's frame and shoots hands into them like a marksman
  • Pass sets with plus mirror and body control
  • Footwork and eyeballs are seamless on E/T or T/E stunts
  • Sees and responds
  • Has a good feel for quarterback depth and rarely oversets pocket
  • Has late hip sink and anchor when rocked by initial contact
Weaknesses
  • Lack of length could be a concern as NFL tackle
  • Doesn't have length to catch -- needs to punch
  • May need to carry hands higher in pass sets to expedite punch-timing
  • Gets too straight-legged and bounced back into pocket by initial bull move
  • Core strength appears to be average
  • Has a habit of defaulting to punch-and-lean against rushers with power
  • Opens himself up to push/pull moves
  • His 2017 tape was disappointing relative to previous seasons
  • Lower body looked tighter
  • Overall lateral quickness and mirror quickness looked a little off this year even before injury
  • Had trouble getting to cross-face blocks that he was making previously
  • Drive leverage was inconsistent this year
  • Edge rushers had more success than expected
  • Inside post was a little soft against counter moves
Sources Tell Us

"I heard all about how good he was last year and then I turned on the tape and what I saw wasn't a first-rounder at all. I can go back to 2016, but who is he now? I have to know who he is and who he's going to be in three to five years. Scouting is projecting." -- NFL team personnel executive

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league