Conner Williams- OLT Texas

6-5, 320, (O) 5.05! 33" Arm, 

26 Reps, 34" Vert! 9'4" Broad! 

7.83 3-Cone, 4.63 SS

Moving Backwards: Part II. 

By TOM

He is so well balanced and smooth that it is hard to see how great his slide is sometimes. He can short set as quick as anyone in this Draft. Know for his aggressive attitude on the field. He looks like an OG. His arms are only 33" long. That is tough to play out on the edge. He reminds me of Jake Mathews. The way he sits back, bends his knees, and absorbs rushers moving backwards. 

He is so strong in the run game that he can get out leveraged and stood up, and still hold on with his hands and not let the rusher move. Great hand placement. Great strength in his hands to grab shirt. A team that thinks he can play OLT will take him in the 1st. He has the slide to play OLT. Great run blocker. 

What makes Williams special is hands and legs. He has elite power in his hands and legs. The Pats need an OLT with his ability to: move backwards, instincts for position, and meanness. He will play OLT in the NFL once he learns better technique in his kickslide. Solid natural bend that lets him play with leverage. 

Once his hands are on a rusher he is done. He is a very safe pick, because he can move inside to OLG if he cannot play out on the edge. Love how he gets to the second level to take out the ILBs. Injured knee. He has the most natural feel for position in pass pro of any OLT in this Draft. Great hitter with his powerful hands. 

He impacts rushers with his hands, like it is a run. He will lower his head some time in the run and passing game, but that is because he likes the head butt. He could play four positions on the O-line: OLT, OLG, ORT, and ORG. He played on the right side occasionally. But you draft him in the 1st to be an OLT. He controlled rushers with his hands like nothing I've ever seen.

A three-year offensive lineman who played in and started 28 games in his career before declaring for the NFL Draft ... named Academic All-Big 12 Second Team in 2017 ... was a consensus first team All-American in 2016 ... just the fourth sophomore in UT history to receive first-team All-America honors (Hub Bechtol, 1944; Russell Erxleben, 1976 and Earl Thomas, 2009 were the others) from one of the NCAA’s five teams that are used to recognize consensus All-Americans.

Great natural strength to take the hit of the rusher and not move. Terrific pulling OT. He pulls outside like an all pro Guard. He has the suddenness moving backwards that you need at OLT. He is so well balanced and smooth that he seems glide back sometimes. He is so strong in the run game that he can get out leveraged stood up, still hold on with his hands, and not let the DL move. 

Once his hands are on a rusher he is done. I love how he gets to the second level to take out the ILBs. Injured knee. He has the most natural feel for position in pass pro of any OLT in this Draft. 

He earned first team All-Big 12 honors by the Associated Press and Big 12 coaches in 2016 ... named an Outland Trophy semifinalist in 2016 ... was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection in 2015 … two-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll … named to the Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team (2015-16) ... was an early enrollee in spring 2015 … an all-state performer in high school rated the No. 38 OT nationally and No. 61 overall (No. 8 OT) in Texas by Scout.

He injured his knee twice last season. "One of the big disappointments of the first half of the season is the way things played out for Texas OT Connor Williams," NFL.Com. "He has been sidelined since suffering a sprained PCL and MCL as well as a torn meniscus in his left knee against USC in the third game of the season. However, scouts I spoke to were disappointed with what they saw on tape from him this season even before the injury." You have to be impressed with the toughness of playing through two sever knee injuries in one season. 

Additional Notes:

West Virginia: He plays with a great attitude, like Light. But Light is the anomaly at OLT. He is bigger than Light. He has better feet than Light. He absorbs contact smoothly moving backwards. Plays with great balance, and always is looking to hit someone. Terrific in run game. Turns and seals guys at will. He can devastate guys with his hands. Terrific lateral quickness on inside blocks. Elite blocking down on the DT. He is the best at consistently playing with his arms extended to keep the rusher at bay.

He returned to the field for the first time since week three as he started at left tackle in a win over No. 24/25 West Virginia ... helped the offense to 233 rushing yards and 6.1 yards per play, their most this season in Big 12 play.

Texas TechPlayed injured this past season. He plays with good explosion. He plays with great balance. He controlled rushers with his hands like nothing I've ever seen. Great natural strength to take the hit of the rusher and not move. He has the suddenness moving backwards that you need at OLT. Elite hands in run game. He jolts DLs with just his hands in the run game. Terrific smooth feet moving backwards. 

He started at left tackle against Texas Tech ... was named to the 2017 watch lists for the Maxwell Award, Outland Trophy and The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award ... also a preseason All-American by the Associated Press, Sporting News, College Football News and Athlon Sports in 2017 ... also named to the preseason All-Big 12 Team by the media and Athlon Sports.

Combine: He tested as one of the top athletes at the Combine. He was top five in 3 drills: Forty, Vert, and Broad. he plays with explosion in the run game. He looked like a great athlete at Combine. Very light on his feet. He and Harrison were the two guys who were the lightest on their feet. He was not as good moving laterally as I thought he would. Quick feet changing direction. He really looks like an athlete when he is running. He moves with some nice power outside. Smooth moving backwards. Great feet. Nice feet moving backwards.

Previously Released:

Conner Williams was the top rated OLT coming into the 2017 Season, but he blew out his knee. He came back and played okay. Then stepped back from the season to protect himself, and get ready for the Draft. The problem is that the lower he drops, the more likely the knee is worse than reported. 

If his knee is sound, he is the most ready plug and play OLT in this Draft. If it is not sound, he could easily lose his rookie season, which the Pats cannot afford at Pick 31 (might have to trade up a little, but that will be decided by his medicals that we don't have access to). He is more Light than Solder 33" Arms and 26 Reps.

He showed up at the Combine and tested as one of the the top five OTs athletically. "I heard all about how good he was last year and then I turned on the tape and what I saw wasn't a 1st-rounder at all," a scout said. "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." However, he played in knee braces in 2016, blew out his knee in 2017, and likely will have knee problems that plaque him his whole career. But he looked like a plug and play OLT when healthy.

Williams is a top two or three OLs in this Draft. "He brings such an X-factor to the O-line because he’s so elite," Texas QB Sam Ehlinger said. "He also brings a nastiness that really helps our O-line excel as a unit." He plays mean on the field.

There are some good Tackles in this year Draft. "As you can see, when we have Connor Williams, that makes a difference in the run game," UT HC Tom Herman said. "You’ve got a guy that was a 1st-team All-American, I believe last year, as a sophomore coming back on the left side of that line. That’s a big boost, a big shot in the arm." Williams might be the most athletic of all the Tackles in this Draft. 

I like the way Williams moves backwards the most of the top five. "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," Williams said. "I look forward to the process and experiences ahead of me. But remain in such appreciation of how blessed I have been to truly know the 40 Acres. I know, understand, and believe the true meaning of 'Longhorn For Life.'" He does a great job keeping his hands up when he slides. 

Williams Vs USC:

He has a good kickslide. He moves outside with good quickness and once he grabs the smaller rusher he is done. Watch the rusher try to change direction twice, and Williams controlled him. He does need a some work on his slide (:03). He is a beast in the run game (:36). Watch the agility as he danced around in a 360 with his arms extended and his feet moving. 

Watch the burst inside that he used to get the inside the 5-Tech lined up inside him, and seal him out of the play (:43). Watch the speed and burst to get to the 2nd level, and hit the ILB like a rhino. He tried to avoid Williams and got knocked off his feet (:55). I think he is the 2nd best OLT in this Draft.

He shorts sets here against the 5-tech. Watch the quick little twitch outside that ends the rush. He is excellent playing at arms length (1:01). Another dancing seal on the inside run (1:29). Watch the quick turn and burst forward to Zone block the 5-Tech down the line. He looks like he fits Scar's system to me (1:39). Watch the snap inside (1:49). Then the speed to impact the ILB to the ground again.

He starts the slide in the Endzone, but watch him stop the rusher who tried to go inside. Then the great burst forward to stone him (1:57). Effortlessly takes out the ILB on the 2nd level (2:15). He is such a great athlete on the field. 

Williams Vs USC:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLHG3GJTBe0

Williams Vs ND:

He is a beast in the run game. Easily seals on the edge (:08). But you draft him because of the way he moves backwards. Watch the smooth and easily he he shadows the rusher running the arc, only he is going backwards (:25). You draft him because of his kickslide (:35). Watch the feet as he slides back. He can be a little clunky, but as we saw on the last run, he has an elite feel for position with his back to the QB. Watch the edge guy just stop once Williams gets his hands in his shirt and controls. him.  

He is a beast in the run game. Watch him impact on the 5-Tech with a head shaking hit, not once but twice (:45). He popped the big 5-Tech into the OG. The 3-4 is designed to make it hard on the OLs to block the DLs (1:03). Watch how he sat back and absorbed the burst of the 5-tech, like it was a kid rushing (1:12). That is great lower body strength and balance. 

Like all the OTs in this Draft, his slide needs work, but the further back he went the more it became a kickslide (1:33). Watch the power as he drive-blocks the 5-tech to his knees (1:41). Watch him impact the 5-Tech 5-yards sideways and almost pancake him again (1:48). He half shuffles and half slides, but even with that bad technique his great feet and feel for position took the rusher out easily (1:56). You draft him because of the way he moves backwards.

He slide back more like an OG there, but grabbed the 5-Tech and stoned him (2:24). He is great at getting to the 2nd level and blocking and sealing LBs (2:35). Watch the drive block as he turned and continued to block on a little arc (3:10). Not exactly moving backwards. But he shuffled inside nicely to grab the 5-tech, and the rush was done (3:38). He is so good at mirroring the DL with great position, until he can grab him. 

That is why he can move inside to OLG, and dominate (3:47). Punched the DT to the ground on the double team block, and then slide to second level and took out the ILB. Another elite OG block (3:56). That is an All-Pro OLG right there (4:01). He has a lot of work to do on his kickslide technique (4:32). But watch the great feet and quicks moving backwards, with perfect position, to easily stop the edge rusher. 

Elite run blocker on the edge. He drove the DL two different ways on consecutive blocks (4:53). He is terrific pulling inside to his right (5:16). Watch the punch with the inside hand, and the pull with the outside hand to spin the 5-tech like a spinning top (5:34). They kept sliding him inside to pass block like an OG (5:01). He would be a great OLG, but teams need OLTs who can pass block like he can. 

Watch the hit inside. Then the suddenness as he snapped outside, and stuffed the rusher like he was in pass pro (5:53). Here he is playing on the right side, on the goal line, as the off set Tackle (6:18). He over relies on his great strength, balance, and feet (6:40). He just backpedals instead of even trying to pretend he could slide. But he stuffed the rusher effortlessly. 

Watch the impact as he pulled to the right (7:07). He is the best run blocking OT in this Draft, but you draft him because of the way he moves backwards. Watch the slide as he moved backwards against speed. That was the 3-4 OLB that he made look slow and weak on that rush (7:44). Watch the way he caught the edge guy like a blitzer in pass pro (7:52). He galloped back with good technique (8:10). The speed rusher doesn't stand a chance, as he never gave up his perfect position moving backwards. Then he showed his athleticism as he chased down the safety and tackled him after he intercepted the ball. Good. Maybe that will force them to throw some more, because he will be drafted because a team thinks he can move backwards like an NFL OLT.

He needs to coordinate his feet better in his slide. He still gallops more than slides (8:34). He has the feet and quicks to catch a speed guy on any arc (8:40). One thing that is underestimated in pass pro is power. He is as strong and powerful in pass pro as any OT I have seen (9:03). Watch the focus and balance as his quick feet motor under him like the Roadrunner (9:20). That tells him he will have no trouble learning to kickslide like an NFL OLT, even though he isn't there yet.

That is a nice kickslide right there, and the best look at his slide so far. Then watch the powerful hands as he grabbed shirt and held the giant 5-Tech trying to get to the fumble (9:30). Watch the great inside hand as he eyes the 5-tech outside. Then he was suddenly in a fight, but his instincts for position and natural strength and balance had already won (9:39). That was great pass pro right there. Stoning the NT before he even looked at him.

Watch how smooth and easy he shuffles inside to stone the 5-tech (10:20). That is a great NFL slide right there against speed. I am now convinced he can play OLT in the NFL. Though he is more Light than Solder, and will be a better run blocker than both guys (11:43). Smooth controlled and perfect position in kickslide (11:51). That was the best kickslide I've seen him do against speed. His hands were too low and wide, but the rest of his body was in perfect form.

His feet clicked a little, and he was too high. But that was another nice quick slide. He actually went back too quick, and had to slow to punch and grab the big 5-tech to a dead stop (12:02). Utterly amazing block were he stoned two DTs on the winning TD run (12:21). But he will be drafted because of the way he slid backwards on the final drive, to play OLT in the NFL. 

Williams Vs ND:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9k2MtQ_q9Vs

William's Official Bio:

JUNIOR (2017): Named Academic All-Big 12 Second Team ... played in and started five games (Maryland, San Jose State, at USC, at West Virginia, Texas Tech), but missed seven due to injury ... announced on Nov. 27 that he intends to declare for the 2018 NFL Draft ... started the season opener at left tackle against Maryland and helped guide the offense to 473 total yards, including 375 through the air ... protected true freshman QB Sam Ehlinger in his first career start as the offense did not allow a sack in a 56-0 win ... guided the Longhorns' to 623 total yards (15th school history) and 406 on the ground ... started at left tackle against No. 4/4 USC, but sustained an injury in the second quarter and missed the remainder of the game ... returned to the field for the first time since week three as he started at left tackle in a win over No. 24/25 West Virginia ... helped the offense to 233 rushing yards and 6.1 yards per play, their most this season in Big 12 play ... started at left tackle against Texas Tech ... was named to the 2017 watch lists for the Maxwell Award, Outland Trophy and The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award ... also a preseason All-American by the Associated Press, Sporting News, College Football News and Athlon Sports in 2017 ... also named to the preseason All-Big 12 Team by the media and Athlon Sports.

SOPHOMORE (2016): Tabbed a consenus first-team All-American ... named first-team All-America by CBS Sports, Football Writers Association of America, Phil Steele, Walter Camp Football Foundation and USA Today … just the fourth sophomore in UT history to receive first-team All-America honors (Hub Bechtol, 1944; Russell Erxleben, 1976 and Earl Thomas, 2009 were the others) from one of the NCAA’s five teams that are used to recognize consensus All-Americans … earned second-team All-America honors from The Associated Press, FOX Sports, Sports Illustrated and Sporting News … recognized by ESPN.com on the All-Big 12 underclassmen team ... named first team All-Big 12 at offensive tackle by the Associated Press, Phil Steele and Big 12 coaches ... also named first team All-Big 12 by ESPN.com ... earned honorable mention for Offensive Lineman of the Year ... started at left tackle in 11 of 12 games ... helped Longhorns to 517 total yards and 50 points in a season-opening win over No. 10 Notre Dame ... the 500 yards of offense marked the first time since 2011 a Texas team has eclipsed 500 yards against a ranked opponent ... had his streak of 13 consecutive starts snapped against UTEP, a game he missed to nurse an injury ... was back on the field to start at California ... Longhorns registered a season-high 568 yards on 90 plays in the loss ... rushing attack totaled 307 yards and four touchdowns ... each running back went over 100 yards in the game ... passing attack had 261 yards and a score ... paved the way for the offense to match a season-high with 568 total yards at Oklahoma State ... Longhorns rushed for a season-best 329 ... UT had two 100-yard rushers for the second straight game for just the third time in school history ... started at left tackle in the Red River Showdown against Oklahoma ... helped the offense to 245 passing yards and 180 rushing yards ... offense scored 40 points for the fourth time in five games ... started at left tackle against Iowa State ... offense totaled 505 yards (296 pass, 209 rush) and 24 second-half points for the victory ... at Kansas State, offense recorded 344 total yards ... offense accrued 548 total yards in 35-34 win over No. 8 Baylor ... passed for 291 yards and rushed for 257 ... in a 45-37 road victory at Texas Tech, paved the way for the offense to record 658 yards, the sixth-most in a single-game in school history ... led the way to 414 rushing yards, including 341 (third-most in school history) by running back D’Onta Foreman ... helped Foreman average 10.3 yards per carry and UT to average 8.3 yards per carry as a team ... led the way for D’Onta Foreman’s 11th straight 100-yard game ... offense totaled 536 yards against No. 11/10 West Virginia, breaking the school record with their seventh game of 500 yards or more ... paved the way for D’Onta Foreman’s third 250-yard game on Saturday at Kansas ... helped the offense total 407 yards against TCU in the regular season finale.

FRESHMAN (2015): Named first-team freshman All-America by the Football Writers Association of America, USA Today and ESPN.com … honorable mention All-Big 12 selection by the league’s coaches … started all 12 games at left tackle … combined with OG Patrick Vahe to make Texas the only school in the nation to start two true freshmen on the offensive line … helped block for a rushing attack that ranked 18th in the nation and third in the Big 12 with 224.8 yards per game, including 263.0 ypg in the last seven … the offense also ranked 26th in the nation in red zone efficiency (.882) … part of an offense that was just the fourth at Texas since 1950 to record three games with six rushing TDs in a season … helped the offense post a season-high 650 total yards with 364 yards passing and 286 yards rushing with six rushing TDs versus Cal … helped the offense rush for an Oklahoma opponent season-high of 313 yards and was part of a line that earned team offensive MVP honors for the game … helped the offense rush for 274 yards and three TDs against Kansas State, while allowing just one sack … helped the offense to matching 299-yard rushing and passing marks for 598 yards total with six rushing TDs against Kansas, while allowing just one sack … helped the offense post 277 rushing yards at West Virginia … helped the offense record 403 yards and six TDs on the ground versus Texas Tech, marking just the seventh 400-yard rushing game by Texas since 1980.

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