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Today we are going to look at potentially the top offensive tackle in the 2018 draft. Connor Williams was a four-star recruit from Coppell HS (Texas). He started 12 games at left tackle as a true freshman. As a sophomore, Williams was a consensus 1st-team All-American. Williams played in the first three games of the 2017 season before being sidelined with a knee injury. He returned for the last two games of the regular season before skipping the bowl game.
2016: Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Baylor
2017: Maryland, West Virginia
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Williams is very powerful. He locks out pass rushers with ease. Williams sets a good base with his feet and is technically sound. He is a dominant run blocker. In the five games I watched, Williams allowed zero sacks.
Williams measured in at the Combine with 33” arms. This is below what NFL teams normally like an offensive tackle to have. Williams also measured in a 6’5” but he has more of a stocky build to him. The knee injury he suffered that caused him to miss most of 2017 didn’t seem to affect his play upon his return. I just wonder if there are any lingering effects.
Connor Williams is a physical blocker who is not going to finesse you. His less than ideal arm length has led some to believe he should be a guard. He may very well end up there. I think Williams deserves a chance to start off at tackle. I believe he should come off the board somewhere in the low-to-mid twenties.