Sporting News: Connor Williams ranks No. 14 among non-QB prospects

Former Texas offensive lineman Connor Williams has a bright future ahead of him in the NFL after leaving the Longhorns as a junior.

At 6-foot-6 and 320 pounds, Williams is the prototypical body size for a left tackle. He’s a former First-Team All-American and Freshman All-American, and only a knee injury in his junior season with the Longhorns prevented him from reaching those heights again.

He’s projected by nearly every outlet to be a first-round pick, with most experts placing him somewhere in the 10-20 range. The Sporting News’ Eric Galko has Williams ranked as the No 14 non-quarterback prospect in the 2018 Draft.

“After a down season in 2017, Williams still offers mauling ability and continued development as a pass blocker to be a high-end left or right tackle in the NFL,” Galko wrote. “His best football is still ahead of him.”

Williams is the second-highest Big 12 player in Galko’s rankings after Oklahoma tackle Orlando Brown. Some scouts are down on him because of his 2017 season, in which his injury limited his effectiveness. But the ability and sheer power he showed in his first two seasons at Texas should be enough reason for a team to pick him in the first round.

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