As the NFL Draft approaches, Vikings Territory is taking a look at prospects that may interest the Minnesota Vikings. Since it’s evident the team would like to add a long-term offensive line starter at some point in the early rounds, let’s examine the players who could fit that mold.
- School: Texas
- Position: OT
- Projected round: 1-2
- Age: 20
- Height: 6-5
- Weight: 300 lbs.
- Arm: 33″
- Hand: 10 1/2″
- Bench press: 26 reps of 225 pounds
- 40-yard dash: 5.05 seconds
- Vertical jump: 34 inches
- Broad jump: 9 feet, 4 inches
- 3-cone drill: 7.83 seconds
- 20-yard shuttle: 4.63 seconds
Vikings Interest: 9/10
- Connor Williams is only 20 years old. He’ll be 21 years old when the 2018 season begins.
- Williams has the reputation of being a hard-worker with high character.
- Athleticism stands out for a prospect of his size.
- Watching his tape, Williams at times makes playing left tackle look easy.
- Similar traits to Lane Johnson, who had a strong season for the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles.
- The former Longhorn was a Vikings top-30 invite.
- Williams could start the 2018 season at right tackle for the Vikings.
- Has the talent to start immediately at right tackle and eventually kick over to the left side, where he has the most experience.
- Had three different offensive line coaches at Texas – a new one every season he was a Longhorn. That would seem to explain some of the “inconsistencies” scouts saw on this year’s game tape.
- He’s a fantastic pass blocker. In five games started in 2017, Williams allowed one sack and four QB pressures.
- He performed very well at the combine, showing off his athleticism and footwork.
- Williams is Pro Football Focus‘ second-ranked tackle in the draft.
Connor Williams through the years pic.twitter.com/KhWmGxliTe
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) March 13, 2018
- According to his NFL.com draft profile, his 2017 season was an outlier – in a negative way.
- Scouts noted inconsistencies in Williams’ year-to-year performance.
- Will need to maintain blocks better at the next level.
- With arm length concerns, Williams doesn’t have an ideal wing span for a tackle.
- He doesn’t have experience playing the interior line positions.
- Suffered a knee injury during the middle of the season that didn’t require surgery. The injury kept him out seven weeks.
- Did not play in Texas’ Bowl Game to prepare for the NFL Draft.
Williams is an enticing offensive line prospect with the potential to be an average-to-great NFL starter.