Connor Williams
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Williams at 2017 Big 12 Media Days
No. 58 – Miami Dolphins
Position:Center
Personal information
Born: (1997-05-12) May 12, 1997 (age 25)
Coppell, Texas
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:315 lb (143 kg)
Career information
High school:Coppell (Coppell, Texas)
College:Texas
NFL Draft:2018 / Round: 2 / Pick: 50
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 18, 2021
Games played:57
Games started:51
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Connor Williams (born May 12, 1997) is an American football center for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Texas.

Early years

Williams attended Coppell High School. As a freshman, he started the last 3 games at right tackle. As a sophomore, he was moved to tight end, but by the end of the season he was switched to left tackle.

As a senior, he was a two-way player, allowing one sack and one holding penalty, while making 38 tackles (5 for loss), 3 sacks, 5 quarterback pressures, 5 forced fumbles and 2 passes defensed. He was a second-team 6A All-State and an All-district selection.

He was a teammate of future NFL player Solomon Thomas. He also practiced basketball.

College career

Williams accepted a football scholarship from the University of Texas. As a freshman, he started all 12 games at left tackle.[1]

The next year, he started 11 out of 12 games at left tackle and was considered by the media and coaches one of the best offensive tackles in college football. He became just the fourth sophomore in school history to receive first-team All-American honors.

As a junior, he suffered a left knee injury in the third game against USC. He returned to play in the eleventh game against West Virginia University. He started only five out of 12 games at left tackle (first 3 and final 2 regular season contests). On November 27, 2017, Williams announced that he would forgo his senior year in favor of the 2018 NFL Draft, and that he would not play in the 2017 Texas Bowl.[2]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 5+18 in
(1.96 m)
296 lb
(134 kg)
33 in
(0.84 m)
10+12 in
(0.27 m)
5.05 s 1.72 s 2.89 s 4.63 s 7.83 s 34 in
(0.86 m)
9 ft 4 in
(2.84 m)
26 reps
All values from NFL Draft[3][4]

Dallas Cowboys

Williams was selected by Dallas Cowboys in the second round (50th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft, with the intention of playing him at guard.[5][6] He was named the starting left guard, starting the first eight games before being benched in Week 10 in favor of Xavier Su'a-Filo. He then started two games at right guard in place of an injured Zack Martin.

Williams entered the 2019 season as the Cowboys starting left guard. He started 11 games, missing one due to arthroscopic knee surgery, before suffering a torn ACL in Week 13.[7] He was placed on injured reserve on December 1, 2019.[8]

Miami Dolphins

On March 17, 2022, Williams signed a two-year $14 million contract with the Miami Dolphins.[9]

Personal life

His brother, Dalton, also played football for Stephen F. Austin and Akron. He has been outspoken about his experiences with bullies in middle school. His mother is of Mexican descent.[10]

References

  1. ^ Eberts, Wescott (November 17, 2016). "Connor Williams named an Outland Trophy semifinalist".
  2. ^ Trapasso, Chris (November 28, 2017). "Texas' Connor Williams declares for 2018 NFL Draft: Profile, ranking, NFL fits". CBS Sports. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  3. ^ "NFL Draft Prospect Profile - Connor Williams". nfl.com. March 1, 2018. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  4. ^ "Texas OT Connor Williams : 2018 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". NFLDraftScout.com. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  5. ^ "The Dallas Cowboys select Connor Williams with the 50th pick in the 2018 NFL draft". BloggingTheBoys.com. April 27, 2018. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  6. ^ "Mike Mayock's pick-by-pick draft analysis for Rounds 2-3 results". NFL.com. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  7. ^ Alper, Josh (November 29, 2019). "Connor Williams tore his ACL Thursday". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  8. ^ Eatman, Nick (December 1, 2019). "Williams to IR; Cowboys Add Versatile Guard". DallasCowboys.com.
  9. ^ "OL Connor Williams signing 2-year, $14 million deal with Miami Dolphins, agents say". ESPN.com. March 15, 2022. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  10. ^ "How Connor Williams turned tables on bullies en route to NFL". NFL.com. Retrieved April 28, 2018.