Scouting the Big 12: Texas

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

The Longhorns are under new management -- again. Once-mighty Texas has fallen on hard times and has sporadically placed players into the draft’s first and second day over the past decade. That’s a trend which won’t change anytime soon. The Longhorns' few NFL prospects can be found in the junior class.

Offensive tackle Connor Williams is far and away the top Longhorns prospect. He’s fundamentally sound with nice length and is best in pass protection. Quick and explosive, Williams displays solid footwork off the edge and makes great use of angles.

What he lacks is a nasty attitude, as I don’t see Williams working to finish off opponents. He also needs to improve his run-blocking strength. The upside is apparent for all to see, but before I stamp him as a first-round prospect the way many others have, Williams needs to step up and complete his game.

Patrick Vahe is a strong, wide-bodied blocker best in a small area. Unlike his teammate, Vahe is a mauler who annihilates opponents at the point but is only effective in a small area.

Corner Kris Boyd offers nice size and flashed skill throughout 2016. He has the ability to shut down opponents but needs to smooth the rough edges of his game.

Texas

Grade

Rnd

Full Name

Pos

#

Yr

3.73

3rd

Connor Williams

T

55

3Jr

3.37

6th

Kris Boyd

CB

2

3Jr

3.26

7th

Patrick Vahe

G

77

3Jr

3.22

FA

Chris Nelson

DT

97

4Jr

3.15

FA

Anthony Wheeler

ILB

45

3Jr

3.00

FA

Jason Hall

S

31

4Sr

2.92

FA

Andrew Beck

TE

47

4Sr

2.79

FA

Brandon Hodges

G

58

5Sr

2.78

FA

Poona Ford

DT

95

4Sr