Texas tackle Connor Williams, despite missing a significant portion of the 2017 season because of a knee injury, is expected to be selected early in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft.
While Williams is regarded as the top tackle in this year’s draft class, however, there has been a debate over just how high the standout from the Longhorns offensive line should go.
For all the athleticism Williams may boast, at least one NFL scout believes teams should have some caution if they plan to use a high draft pick in selecting the tackle.
An anonymous scout offered this opinion of Williams to Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller:
“He’ll go Round 1 because of need and he’s a good athlete, but the top-five talk needed to die.”
Williams — expected to declare early for the draft, as he did — entered the 2017 season with plenty of hype as a top-5 pick. That changed as he struggled in the Longhorns’ season-opening loss to Maryland before going down with an injury at USC two weeks later.
For what it’s worth, Miller had the 6-foot-6, 315-pound native of Coppell, Texas going as the No. 12 pick in the draft. ESPN’s Todd McShay offered the same verdict in his mock draft last week. If Williams is selected in that range — outside of the top 5 — he’ll have the chance to prove at least one person wrong regarding his true value once he takes the field in the NFL.
Williams wasn’t the only Big 12 star to be featured on the list of “overrated” prospects. Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph also received input from anonymous scouts.
The 2018 NFL Draft will take place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas from April 26-28.
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