Connor Williams Draft Profile

Connor Williams draft profile

Strengths:

  • Leader in locker room and voracious worker in weight room
  • Outstanding technician
  • Good redirect and is fluid in pre-strike movements
  • Snaps hips for additional anchor when base blocking
  • Quality finisher with mean streak
  • Outstanding hand placement
  • Pass sets with plus mirror and body control
  • Has a good feel for quarterback depth and rarely oversets pocket
  • Efficient in space and capable of making adjustments to moving targets
  • Generally smooth with lateral footwork and slide sets
  • Sticks to blocks with powerful hands for long engagements

Analysis: Coming into the 2017 season, Connor Williams was a favorite of mine and I had him as a potential Top 10 pick before the college season started. Well, his 2017 tape is ugly compared to his previous years (some of that due to injuries).¬†Williams seemed to lose some lateral quickness and had troubles holding up at a high level in protection. A move to guard or center is likely in the NFL. Bullied as a kid, Williams turned his frustrations to the gym and became a workout warrior–he also possesses excellent leadership traits not found in many prospects. His technique is solid through and through. Hand placement is ideal and his pass sets show body control, handling initial power moves from defenders. He plays to the whistle and carries a mean streak that is ferocious by NFL standards. Once he gets his hands on a defender, he can engage them for the entirety of the play.

Weaknesses:

  • Lack of length projects him as a guard in the NFL
  • Doesn’t have length to catch
  • Gets too straight-legged and bounced back into pocket by initial bull move
  • Opens himself up to push/pull moves
  • Drive leverage was inconsistent this year
  • Edge rushers had more success than expected
  • Lower body looked tight
  • Core strength appears to be average

Analysis: Connor Williams stands at 6’5 but his short arms project a move to the inside in the NFL. He lacks the length you look for in a tackle to stop edge rushers from getting to the quarterback. Powerful bull rushers can impact his balance and he opens up his frame to push/pull and rip moves. His leverage was worse in 2017 than any previous season—some of that may be due to injuries, specifically a left knee injury he dealt with most of the season. Play strength has come into question, which was surprising to me because of the workout warrior Connor Williams is.

What the experts say:¬†“I heard all about how good he was last year and then I turned on the tape and what I saw wasn’t a first-rounder at all. 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.” — NFL team personnel executive

Size: 6’5 320lbs

Draft Grade: 2nd Round

NFL Comparison: Robert Gallery

Draft Projection: Round 2

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