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Vikings Prospect Player Card: Connor Williams | OT | Texas

A look at 2018 NFL Draft prospects who could be on Minnesota's radar.

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.

  • 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.

Bottom Line:

Williams is an enticing offensive line prospect with the potential to be an average-to-great NFL starter.

Potential OL starters:

LT Riley Reiff – LG Nick Easton – C Pat Elflein – RG Mike Remmers – RT Connor Williams

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Sean Borman

Sean Borman is a writer with Minnesota roots that's still somehow an optimist. He was an intern with the Vikings during college and previously wrote for Rant Sports. You can find Sean on the golf course and on Twitter @SeanBoarMan.

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4 Comments

  1. I’m not sold on OL in the first round any more ~ I think it comes in round 2 after the Vikings trade back into the top of the 2nd while picking up a high 4th and maybe a 6th or 7th to close the deal ~ Any team trading back up into the 1st round is looking mighty hard at the 5th year option ~ Get what you want or stay put ~ I believe they get what they want ~

  2. This is the guy I think we end up with at #30, assuming we are still picking there and he’s available. I don’t know why I think that. I’m not necessarily hoping it goes that way. That’s just what I think will happen. We’ll see.

    1. I think the Packers OL coach is working with their DB coach cause they get away with murder also ~ If not the Packers wouldn’t have won more than 3 games last year ~ I really can’t say that because I haven’t broke down any film on them nor am I’m going to ~ But it sure seemed that way ~ LOL

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