Data Scout Notes: 2017: 11-27-17- Announced Early Entry for 2018 NFL Draft/Skipping Bowl Game...(+) Coming off 09-16-17 Knee INJ...PMaxwell...2016: 1stC/HMC-OLOY...POutland...2015: HMC
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Draft Scout Connor Williams News
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
10/09/17 - OT Connor Williams, who suffered a left knee injury late in the first half against USC, is a week from a real evaluation on the rehab of his sprained MCL, a torn meniscus and sprained PCL. It still appears that Williams could return at some point during conference play if his recovery goes well. There is a debate whether coming back at less than 100 percent would hurt his draft stock, but right now Texas just needs healthy and experienced bodies in the line.
10/02/17 - OT Connor Williams, rated the No. 1 offensive tackle prospect for the 2018 NFL Draft by NFLDraftScout.com, will not undergo surgery for a knee injury, coach Tom Herman said Monday. Williams suffered an MCL injury at USC on Sept. 16 and did not play in last week's game against Iowa State after a bye. Herman said the left tackle will be re-evaluated in 2-3 weeks, with a chance to return this season. "Hopefully this conservative approach going without surgery will heal him up the best in the long term," Herman said, per the Dallas Morning News. "(Hopefully) it allows him to get back into uniform here before season's end."