Scouting Report: Connor Williams, OT/OG

 

 

Background

  • Very productive from Day 1, starting as a freshman.
  • Only 20 years old. 5-12-97
  • From Texas
  • Brother played for Stephen F Austin & Akron.

Strengths

  • 6’5/320. Body is cut, looks like a huge oversized athletic TE. Has room for a little weight & muscle.
  • Pass Pro –  Very smooth, floats to his spot. Sets up quick & is balanced. (Kick slide was great 2016) Quick feet & good slide. Wins w/ committed, very accurate hand placement & moves rushers & DL’m out the picture. Strong hands that dont let go once they have you. Looks to strike first & prides himself on making contact & finishing off block. Shows good patience as well. Very athletic, quick in the screen game as well. Moves very well. Has the body control & feet to relocate rushers. Has power anchor to impede power rushers. Np picking up twists/stunts.
  • Run Blocking – Has the nasty you want & takes pride overwhelming pass rushers. Fires off the line & keeps the big mo’ going into 2nd victim. Wants to finish & at times will pancake defenders into the ground. Like pass pro everything starts w/ his hands. Gains inside grip & throws uninvited guest out the club. Likes to finish. Fluid mover thats quick to make way for his ball carriers. Easy climber to the 2nd level.
  •  Known, vocal locker room leader. Smart player that has played under different coaches & systems. Very aware player that always knows where his QB is.
  • Tough, played through many injuries.
  • Has desired athleticism, flexibility, agility & + run blocking to play T or G in in the NFL. Reliable & Good in space – Screen game, 2nd level, Pass Pro & etc
  • Big time upside w/ age, very good technique/athleticism & the fact that he has played under several different systems & produced in all.
  • Smart player that reads & gets to it. Efficient in terms of initial play/man & looking for on coming work.

 

Concerns

  • Inconsistent play, 2016/2017 are very different. Was injured this past but play wasn’t the sure fire top 10-20 pick that 2016 showed. Lateral movement/Kick Slide was biggest slide.
  • If staying at OT has to gain weight but has the frame to do it. Has to get stronger though, esp for NFL power moves.
  • At times gets too aggressive & will get front loaded along w/ “too” committed to getting a grip inside. Could benefit from a quicker strike to the pads. Defenders have knocked them down too easy at times.
  • Pad level could be better. Little bit too high, esp against power.

 

Summary

As you can tell by reading there really were 2 different Williams. 2016 showed a borderline lottery pick & a technician in the making. Williams was just wonderful. He showed athleticism & a nasty streak. Combined that w/ his size & you have a fantastic prospect. 2017 painted a different picture but wasn’t terrible by any means. Williams has been through multiple systems & coaches, played through injury & absolutely struggled but a lot of mistakes were/are fixable. There’s talk about moving to G. I don’t know. Williams isn’t old enough to drink & I’m not an “Arm Length Nazi”. So I’m fine w/ his size etc. He looks like a very good, providing young Tackle but definitely has what it takes to excel at Guard if asked to switch.

 

Traits That Translate

Here are some highlights & game tape

 

 

31 Responses to “Scouting Report: Connor Williams, OT/OG”

  1. rodmiester says:

    I looked at this in terms of who could develop in two to three years not just step in and start right away so barring trades my list looks like this
    #23 Connor Williams OT I hope he is there I would like to see some nastiness from our line
    #31 Rashaan Evans LB A good fit for our group and gives us depth
    #43 Hayden Hurst TE Gronk, Niklas, and Hurst opening day roster Hollister to ps
    #65 Luke Falk QB Sit down, shut up, and learn from TB12
    #95 Kyzir White S Jordan who?
    #198 Trent Thompson DL Give him a red shirt year
    #210 Levi Wallace CB Let’s see what he can bring to the team
    #219 Justin Jackson RB Project back

    • steve earle says:

      Looks good. Most of those we draft will likely take a year or two to step in and start so your thinking is sound. We can hope that some of them will be able to contribute on special teams early and maybe contribute in sub packages later in the year.

  2. Stephen J says:

    Lenny I have been able to track down 2 of the 3 drops that PFF mentioned in their Ranking the TE Prospects for 2018 article.

    The 1st one came on Nov 21 2015 against Citadel when he was being covered by Shy Phillips

    The 2nd one came on Nov 12 2016 against Florida when he was being covered by two defenders one of which was number 8 Nick Washington and an unknown defender wrapping his arm around Hurst with Duke Dawson nearby as well.

    Both had articles written the following day in fact the Florida game had two different articles written that mentioned the drop. The Citadel article and one of the Florida articles had pictures of each as well.

    I have attempted several times to provide links but each have awaiting moderator messages.

    • Stephen J says:

      If you want to search for Hayden Hurst and Shy Phillips then you will see a link by thetandd stating South Carolina’s Hayden Hurst can’t hang on to the ball while defended by the Citadel’s Shy Phillips during the second half.

      If you search for Gamecocks three game winning streak drowned, you will see a link by post and courier dated Nov 12 2016. In there you will see a photo with the statement South Carolina’s Hayden Hurst drops a pass as he is hit by a Florida Defender.

    • Stephen J says:

      If you want to search for Hayden Hurst and Shy Phillips then you will see a link by thetandd stating South Carolina’s Hayden Hurst can’t hang on to the ball while defended by the Citadel’s Shy Phillips during the second half.

      If you search for three game winning streak drowned in the din of the Swamp, you will see a link by post and courier dated Nov 12 2016. In there you will see a photo with the statement South Carolina’s Hayden Hurst drops a pass as he is hit by a Florida Defender.

  3. kevinz says:

    1st: Connor Williams OT

    2nd: Justin Reid FS

    2nd:Dorian O’daniel OLB Hybrid role plus box safety

    2nd:Kyle Lauletta QB

    3rd Troy Fumagali TE

    3rd:Ade Aruna DE-LB

    4thLeon jacobs OLB-ILB

    6th:DJ Reed CB

    6th:Bilal Nickols DT

    7th:Lavon Coleman RB

  4. Stephen J says:

    Here is one thing that I’ve notice recently when it comes to small DE/LB the Pats drafted or brought in to play using College Production. They seem to like them having a High amount of Solo tackles (50+) and a high amount of TFL’s(15+) in a season combined. Another one that’s possible is PBU or Pass Deflections. Here is 4 Players and their college comparisons. I’ve included their Height and Weight to give reference to small DE/LB

    ……………Tyrone McKenzie….Brandon Spikes….Kyle Van Noy…………Akeem Ayers
    Height……6′ 1 5/8″……………6′ 2 7/8″…………..6′ 3 1/8″……………..6’2 1/2″
    Weight…..243…………………..249………………..243……………………254
    Solo T……79(2008)…………….81(2007)…………50(2011)…………….55(2009)
    TFL………15(2008)…………….16(2007)………….15(2011)22(2012)…14.5(2009)
    PBU……….9(2008)………………7(2007)……………6(2013)…………….N/A

    • Stephen J says:

      Here is another small LB/DE

      …………….Jerod Mayo
      Height….6’1 1/4″
      Weight…242
      Solo T….60(2007)
      TFL…….12.5(2006)

      • Stephen J says:

        How could I forget Jamie Collins

        Height:6’3 1/2″
        Weight:250
        Solo T:66(2012)…58(2011)
        TFL:….20(2012)…19.5(2011)
        PBU:…..5(2012)….8(2011)

    • Stephen J says:

      Here are some possible fits from this Draft that match/resemble that profile

      Micah Kiser Virginia….Joel Lanning Iowa St….Genard Avery Memphis

      Height….6’0 3/8″ ……6’1 3/8″…………………6’0 1/2″
      Weight…238…………..238………………………248
      Solo T….65(2015)…….51(2017)……………….52(2017)61(2015)
      TFL……..14(2015)…….11(2017)………………22.5(2017)
      PBU………6(2016)…….2(2017)………………..2(2017)

      Chris Covington Indiana…Nick Deluca NDST…Tremaine Edmunds VT
      Height….6’2 1/8″…………6’2 5/8″……………..6’4 1/2″
      Weight….245……………..251……………………253
      Solo T…..50(2017)……….59(2015)…………….57(2017)
      TFL………12(2017)………10(2015)…………….14(2017)16.5(2016)
      PBU……..5(2017)…………8(2015)……………..3(2016)

      Mike McCray Mich….Ogbonnia Okoronkwo Oklahoma…Roquan Smith Georgia
      Height….6’1 1/8″…..6’1 5/8″………………………………..6’0 7/8″
      Weight….243………..253……………………………………..236
      Solo……..49(2017)…47(2017)50(2016)…………………..85(2017)
      TFL………16(2017)…17(2017)……………………………….14(2017)
      PBU……….6(2016)…3(2016……………………………………2(2017)

      Fred Warner BYU……………..Frank Ginda San Jose St
      Height….6’3 3/8″……………..6’0″
      Weight…236……………………245
      Solo…….46(2015)48(2017)…94(2017)
      TFL……..12(2015)…………….13(2017)
      PBU……..6(2016)5(2017)……3(2017

      Possiblities due to injury Jack Cichy Wisconsin and Devante Downs Cal both were on their way to meeting those stats before injuries

      • Stephen J says:

        Uchenna Nwosu

        Height:6’2 1/8″
        Weight:251
        Solo:….47(2017)
        TFL:…..11.5(2017)
        PBU:…..13(2017)

        TFL on the low side

      • Stephen J says:

        Brian Womack Rice
        Height: 6’2″
        Weight: 245 lbs
        Solo: 44
        TFL: 21
        Sacks:10

  5. Stephen J says:

    Has anyone else been having issues posting replies the last 2 days. I have like a dozen replies that say Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    • macspak says:

      not recently but I experienced the same thing on different occasions a while ago.

    • steve earle says:

      Not personally Stephen at least at this time. It’s happened to me a couple times over the years but suspect it’s something in their programming that does it randomly to folks time to time.

  6. Daniel Sullivan says:

    Possible trade and Patriots Mock Draft.
    Patriots get pick 5,71 and 99.
    Denver gets 23,31,43 and 63.

    1 (5) John Rosen QB UCLA
    3 (71) Harrison Phillips DT Stanford
    3 (95) Tyrell Crosby OT Oregon
    3 (99) Dorrance Armstrong DE Kansas
    6 (198) Scott Quessenbery OG UCLA
    6 (210) Josh Adams RB Notre Dame
    7 (219) Trey Quinn WR SMU

  7. brandon maxham says:

    mock draft 4/20: 1 of 3

    1st:Lorenzo Carter OLB

    1st: traded for 2nd,4th and 5th.

    2nd:Fred Warner OLB-ILB

    2nd:Mark Andrews TE

    2nd:Kyle Lauletta QB

    3rd:Tyquan Lewis DE

    4th:Justin Watson WR

    5th: Justin Jackson RB

    6th:Sam Jones G-C

    6th:Kemoko Turay OLB

    7th:Braxton Berrios WR

  8. Russell says:

    My Patriots prospect board is at 30, so here is my Mock ;

    Bill trades #31 1st round to Detroit for 2nd #51, 4th #117, & 5th #153. Detroit uses 1st #20, for DE-Hubbard & #31 for RB Guice.

    1st- #23- LB Lorenzo Carter
    2nd- #43- DL Tyquan Lewis
    2nd – #51- C/G Billy Price
    2nd – #63 – Ian Thomas
    3d – #95 – OL Tyrell Cosby
    4th – #117- QB Mike White
    5th – # 153- CB Christian Campbell
    6th – #198- WR Trey Quinn
    6th – # 210- DL Poona Ford
    7th – #219 – RB Chase Edmunds

    • Russell says:

      mistake should be CB Grant Haley, Penn State, 5’9″ 190,4.4 40 yd 3.94 shuttle 6.51 3 -cone. very good special teams & kick off returner.

      • Stephen J says:

        Pats like Solo Tackles and PBU for CB’s

        Grant Haley
        Solo…27(2017)
        PBU….9(2017)

        Avonte Maddox Pitt
        5’9 1/8″
        184 lbs
        Solo….52(2015)
        PBU…..12(2015)

        40….4.39
        3 Cone..6.51
        20 Shuttle..4.0
        Broad….10’5″……Haley 9’11”
        Vert…….37″……..Haley 34″

        • Stephen J says:

          Kick Returns

          Grant Haley
          ………….Returns…Yards…Ave
          Career….32……….659……20.6

          Avonte Maddox
          ………….Returns…Yards…Ave
          Career….19……….437……23.0

  9. John says:

    Used Fanspeak, on difficult. Used their draft board.

    1. Rashaan Evans LB
    1. Kolton Miller OT
    2. Justin Reid SAF
    2. Duke Ejiofor DE
    3. Duke Dawson CB

  10. brandon maxham says:

    1st:Ronnie Harrison S

    1st:traded for a 2nd,3rd and 4th.

    2nd:Dallas Goedert TE

    2nd:Dante Pettis WR

    2nd:Kyle Lauletta QB

    3rd:Royce Freeman RB

    3rd:Jeff Holland OLB-DE

    4th:Ade Aruna DE-OLB

    6th:Sean Welsh G-C

    6th:Leon Jacobs ILB-OLB

    7th:Phillip Lindsay RB

  11. kevinz says:

    1st:James Daniels Center or G help upgrade at center plus for Guard if Mason doesnt resign one year ahead like BB likes to do

    2nd:Anthony Miller WR can beat you in different ways with quickness plus crafty route runner great on and off the field

    2nd:Dorian O’daniel OLB Hybrid role plus box saf BB’s reach Pick ST is a plus seen Mocked from 1st to 6th rd its crazy if a tad bigger for sure 1st or 2nd rd pick.

    2nd:Kyle Lauletta QB love how moves saf with his eyes and urgent decision maker wont hold onto ball.

    3rd Darrell Williams RB bigger back who can catch has less wear and tear OR John kelly here tough RB with less wear and tear as well plus played with kamara at Tenn.

    3rd:Ade Aruna DE-LB Huge upside plays hard has major Tools to work with

    4thLeon jacobs OLB-ILB rising up boards Athletic Freak upside to rush but good in Coverage wis connection helps as well.

    6th:DJ Reed CB tough short player plus returns Punts good tackler and cover player

    6th:Bilal Nickols DT can rush but good vs the RUN can make plays behind the line

    7th:Phillip lindsay RB Short but good vision hyper playing style can catch pass protect plus ST

  12. Russell says:

    I like Williams, and his quickness, and he could be there for the Patriots. I like Williams skill set better than Miller. However Orlando Brown/ Chukwuma Okorafor, may be better value at #63, then using #23 on Williams.
    I still like Lorenzo Carter at #23.

    • steve earle says:

      Do you think Brown fits with BB’s LT type which are usually the more athletic, mobile kind. I see Brown more like the massive less mobile power player. Closest comparison in my mind is Cody O’Connell the OG from Wash. size, height, weight movement, am I wrong?

      • Russell says:

        Yes I agree with your thoughts on BB, OT traits, like Miller has, but his tape is not great. Brown has skills, like his dad (NFL OT) with size traits BB likes, but has you point out not as quick. Just needs work on foot work, and his weight controlled . Good value player at #63.

        • steve earle says:

          Okay I get that but if that’s true for Brown why does the same thinking not apply to O’connell? The mensurable’s from each’s pro days are almost exact. Only differance id one player LT the other LG. I’m confused?

      • Stephen J says:

        Brown is not a LT in Patriots system. He would be a RT.

        Here is a Physical/Athletic comparison with Current RT Marcus Cannon when he came out.

        ……………..Orlando Brown……..Marcus Cannon
        Height……..6’7 7/8″………………6’5″
        Weight……..345……………………358
        40…………..5.85(5.68)…………..5.26
        10 Split…….2.00(1.88)…………..1.86
        Bench………14(18)………………..33
        Vert…………19.5″(25.5″)…………30.5″
        Broad……….6’10″(7’5″)…………..8’9″(8’11”)
        20 Shuttle…5.38…………………..4.97
        3 Cone……..7.87…………………..8.07

        Times/Measurements in (…) is Pro Day

        The Pats put a high value on Broad and 10 split. The Pats also value the Bench and Vert but not to the degree of the Broad and 10 split when it comes to OL times and measurables. As you can see as bad as Brown performed when it came to the 10 split he was in range of Cannon. The concerning aspects are the Broad Bench and to a lesser extent the Vert. Those don’t even come close to what the Pats look for from an athletic point of view.

    • macspak says:

      Miller has good athletic traits that have not translated to actual on field production. Some day they may but who knows. Williams has traits plus production. Definitely offers more immediate playing time than Miller. Same for O’Neill over Miller. Pundits and this draft board are infatuated with Miller. Funny, with all that is written here by the authors I am not sure how many actually read and understand. Almost like they don’t come to learn and enjoy but just post their myriad mock drafts.

  13. steve earle says:

    Williams only has 33 inch arms? Oh the horror! Guys with 33 1/2 inches are okay but 33, give me a break. I believe he will be just fine it’s the whole package and no one element that makes a player. I still think he goes early in the 1st maybe even to the Pat’s. Wouldn’t be at all disappointed if he does. Injury effected his 2017 so I’m betting on his 2016 year as the gauge.

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