Connor Williams, the Texas Longhorns All-American junior left tackle, has declared early for the NFL draft. This declaration comes just days after the conclusion of the regular season for Texas, in which the Longhorns lost a tough one to Texas Tech.
Blessed and honored for my time on the 40 acres. Time for the next chapter, as I will be declaring for the NFL Draft. 🤘🏽 pic.twitter.com/oxEAYFZxEQ
— Connor Williams (@Connorwi1liams) November 27, 2017
A three-star recruit out Coppell, TX, Williams arrived to Austin without much in the way of expectations, but quickly cemented his status as one of the best offensive lineman that the Longhorns have seen in a while. Williams started as a freshman and never looked back.
Williams has been a mainstay on the offensive line in since stepping on campus. Unfortunately, this season saw Williams deal with a knee injury that kept him out most of the year. He was able to return to action the last couple of weeks for the Longhorns and his impact was immediately noticeable. While the Texas offense floundered for much of the year, when Williams was in there was no denying his impact.
Unfortunately, The announcement means that Williams will not be playing in Texas’ bowl game, and will instead focus on his preparation for the 2018 NFL draft; a trend that is starting to become more of the norm for players entering the draft.
Heading into next season, Tom Herman will have a tall task ahead of him in finding someone to hold down that left tackle spot that Williams has held down since 2015.