Data Scout Notes: 2017: 11-27-17- Announced Early Entry for 2018 NFL Draft/Skipping Bowl Game/NAC...(+) Coming off 09-16-17 Knee INJ...PMaxwell...2016: 1stC/HMC-OLOY...POutland...2015: HMC
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02/28/18 - 2018 NFL Combine: Interior OL Measures Up to Expectations: Wednesday was the first time scouts received this same information on the underclassmen, and there were some surprises -- good and bad -- along the way. Perhaps the most impactful news -- as reported by Yahoo's Charles Robinson -- involved Williams, who measured in lighter and with shorter arms than scouts hoped. While measuring in at a solid 6-foot-5 1/8 inches, Williams was among the few offensive linemen to weigh less than 300 pounds. He was at 296, with just 33-inch arms, stretching the physical threshold most clubs have for offensive tackles. Further, Williams' wingspan (77 7/8 inches) was the shortest of any of the tackles measured Wednesday. Some have suggested that Williams' average arm length could be mitigated by simply sliding him inside to guard, but this is complicated by the fact he never played this position at Texas and is lighter than teams want inside. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/27/18 - 2018 NFL Combine: Key Medical Evaluations: Connor Williams, OT, Texas...Williams is an enigma as a prospect, producing first-round worthy tape in 2016, but his 2017 season was a roller coaster of uneven play and injury. He suffered a knee injury in September and opted for rest over surgery, returning briefly late in the season. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
11/27/17 - Texas offensive lineman Connor Williams, one of the top-rated tackle prospects in the country, has declared for the NFL Draft and will skip the team's bowl game, he announced Monday. Williams is rated the No. 19 overall prospect by NFLDraftScout.com, with plenty of room to move up during postseason workouts. Williams missed much of this season after suffering a knee injury (torn meniscus and sprained MCL and ACL) on Sept. 16 at USC. He opted for rest and rehab, rather than surgery, and came back for the team's final two games. "My family and I have decided it is my best interest to forgo the bowl game and my senior season to begin preparing for my professional football career," Williams said in a statement. "One of the reasons I worked so hard to come back from my injury was to help the team reach its goal of playing in a bowl game, and I'm proud we were able to accomplish that."
After the Longhorns' win over West Virginia on Nov. 18, NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Dane Brugler wrote: "Williams looked flexible and smooth in his pass-sets, showing no limitations toward his rehabbed knee. He anchored well at the point of attack and flashed violence in his hands to counter and control defenders, often finishing his target to the ground. Williams also looked terrific as a run blocker, finding the hip of the edge defender on down blocks and driving his legs to create run lanes. ... "If Saturday was any indication, Williams is back on his 2016 trajectory of being an early first-round pick." Williams is rated as the second-best tackle prospect behind Oklahoma's Orlando Brown. Texas (6-4, 5-4 Big 12) awaits its bowl destination after failing to qualify for the postseason in each of the past two seasons. Williams is the latest potential high draft pick to skip a bowl game. Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and LSU running back Leonard Fournette did so last season. - The Sports Xchange
11/21/17 - Nov 21 Stock Report: Who helped themselves? Connor Williams, OT, Texas, JR. (6-5, 320, 5.31, #55)...For much of the season, the concern among scouts was that the offensive tackle class for the 2018 NFL Draft lacked a clear-cut No. 1 prospect. But with the return of Williams on Saturday, that narrative is changing. The Texas left tackle looked like a future early first-round pick as a sophomore in 2016, but he struggled early this season and suffered a knee injury (torn meniscus and sprained MCL and ACL) in the USC game, putting him on the shelf indefinitely. However, he opted for rest over surgery and returned to the field on Saturday against West Virginia and looked outstanding.
Williams looked flexible and smooth in his pass-sets, showing no limitations toward his rehabbed knee. He anchored well at the point of attack and flashed violence in his hands to counter and control defenders, often finishing his target to the ground. Williams also looked terrific as a run blocker, finding the hip of the edge defender on down blocks and driving his legs to create run lanes. With one regular-season game and a bowl game remaining for Texas, he has two more chances to produce positive tape. If Saturday was any indication, Williams is back on his 2016 trajectory of being an early first-round pick. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
10/31/17 - Texas received good news this week when head coach Tom Herman revealed that junior LT Connor Williams (6-5, 320, 5.31, #55) will return soon, possibly Nov. 11 at home vs. Kansas. Williams opted against surgery for his knee injury, which he suffered against USC in mid-September, which allowed him to return this season. Based on his 2016 game film, Williams received first-round projections from scouts, but he struggled in the season opener against Maryland and hasn't played the past six weeks. And with the 2018 class of offensive tackles not containing a certain top-20 draft pick, NFL scouts are eager to see Williams healthy and back on the field. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com