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2018 Prospect Preview: Is Connor Williams the best tackle in college football?
By Elliott Rooney •
Jul 12, 2017
Texas lineman Connor Williams (55) looks to block during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Rice, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)
In offensive tackle Connor Williams, the University of Texas may hold a future blindside protector for one NFL franchise. A consensus All-American last year, Williams’ performances in 2016 already have him as a PFF Day 1 projection. With a strong performance in the 2017 season, Williams could cement himself as a top 10 pick in the 2018 NFL draft.
Williams’ had a pass blocking efficiency (PBE) of 99.2 which tied with Pittsburgh’s Brian O’Neil for No. 1 PBE among returning FBS tackles. Williams allowed four total pressures on 423 pass block snaps with only one of them being a sack (PBE measures pressure allowed on per snap basis with weighting towards sacks).
He returns as the only FBS tackle to log more than 370 snaps in pass protection and allow less than five QB pressures.
Williams’ overall grade of 87.6 was the second highest grade among 2018 draft eligible tackles and his run blocking grade of 84.5 was the highest among all returning FBS tackles.