Our next offensive tackle prospect is Jedrick Wills Jr. from Alabama. His name has popped up quite a bit this year and has been soaring up the draft boards. He is certainly fun to watch.
Alabama has been gifted with very talented offensive lineman lately, and Jedrick Wills Jr. is one of them. At 6’5 320 ibs., Wills is yet another brick wall with tremendous upper body strength. Some analysts even have him taken before Tristan Wirfs. Wills is a solid franchise tackle for several NFL teams.
I would not say his footwork is elite, but he is an explosive force in the run game. He is a guy that rarely loses balance.
In the passing game, Wills has exceptional vision and has only allowed two sacks throughout the past two seasons, so he is definitely more polished in pass protection.
From everything that I have read and watched, it seems like Wills should be described with one word: mover.
This guy can move another grown man at will. The way he forces his way through blocks tells me that he has the legit physical ability to play in the National Football League. Put him in front of a guy like Derrick Henry and Wills can change the game. His strength is run blocking.
Wills has tremendous upside and I am actually really excited to see where he is drafted.
Jedrick Wills Jr. is yet another giant at the tackle position. He stands 6’5 320 lbs. Wills is lauded for his hands. If he’s able to get them on you it’s tough to get past him. He uses his tremendous size, strength and speed to move people around.
Wills is excellent in the pass game. He’s nearly impossible to go through. If you’re going to beat him it will likely be by going around him. Wills is ready to roll in terms of his ability to contribute to an NFL team immediately.
Along with Thomas and Wirfs, Wills Jr. is a top offensive line prospect and he can instantly be plugged in as a starter for whatever team drafts him. He has been rising rather quickly on a lot of draft boards, some over Thomas and Wirfs. I believe this is the case because unlike Thomas and Wirfs, Wills Jr. plays and relies more on technique than athleticism, while being the same size as those two. That means as a blocker he is still a brick wall that can stop any edge rusher that charges at him, but he’s always in the right place to make that block. He always knows which angle to take, which defender to go after at the next level, and while his feet are not particularly quick, they are always where they need to be so he can’t be overpowered or tricked by a rusher.
Wills is another huge SEC offensive lineman who is looking to make an impact in the NFL. Wills has been able to go up against the best of the best in the country. His 28 starts in college clearly isn’t the first thing many talk about when Willis is brought up, but being able to play so much in college, in the most competitive conference in the country no less, is huge.
It’s already been stated, but Wills’ frame is, without a doubt, NFL caliber. He uses his hands very well and it is nearly impossible to move him.
Jedrick Wills Jr. does not have elite footwork. This could be a problem as there are several quick NFL edge rushers that will give him a run for his money. His explosiveness almost overshadows his quickness, but he will have to improve his footwork if he wants to be an elite franchise tackle.
The other issue like Wirfs is that Wills Jr. only played on one side of the line, which was right tackle. I would assume once he gets drafted, he will make the transition once he improves on his footwork and becomes familiar with the playbook.
Wills can be sloppy at times. Due to his size, he isn’t the most agile lineman in the draft. He won’t be praised for his footwork and needs to work on his cadence. Another weakness is his inability to play on the left side of the line. The right is clearly his strength.
In today’s NFL, General Managers want guys who are flexible and who can play multiple positions. Wills must be able to flex to the left side of the line if he wants a big pay day in the NFL.
Like Wirfs, Wills has been mainly a right tackle. There are those who believe he could transition over to the left side. However, his final NFL position could very easily be the right side. Which again carries less value than left tackle.
Wills doesn’t have great foot speed. He can be beat by quicker edge rushers. This also hurts him in terms of getting in front of screens and his running back busting a big run.
Like Thomas and Wirfs, he is more polished as a pass-blocker but slightly lacks in the run-game. He is a solid, powerful run-blocker, but I think his lack of athleticism and lateral quickness will prevent him from making a lot of big, impact, game-changing blocks on the outside. Like Wirfs, he might be suited better in the NFL as an OG, but I think his ability as a pass-blocker at the tackle position is too valuable to abstain from. His lack of experience at left-tackle could also be seen as a red-flag, even though I don’t view it as much. We don’t know yet if he can’t play at left tackle, but wherever he’s used at, whether its at guard, right or left tackle, he’ll make an immediate impact.
Without a doubt, Wills is a brick wall. However, one thing Wills lacks is lateral agility and athleticism. He hasn’t been beat a lot by rushers inside or on the edge but his lateral agility is a concern, especially when run-blocking.
Draft Projection: Where will the star Alabama offensive tackle land in the 2020 NFL Draft?
Jedrick Wills Jr. has the talent to be selected in the top 15. His footwork and only playing on one side of the offensive line might cause him to fall out of the top 10. However, I do think it is possible that a team like the Browns, who hold the 10th pick, see Wills Jr. as a better fit than Tristan Wirfs. I do not think this is the case, but it is possible. A team like the Raiders could use a franchise tackle like Wills Jr. Like I mentioned in the Wirfs article, the Raiders are a mediocre offensive line that need more depth and protection around Derek Carr.
I think Wills has the ability to be selected in the first round. He has the size and the talent for it. I don’t see him NOT walking across the draft stage, indicating he will be drafted sooner rather than later. I don’t know where he will land, because every football team is always looking to improve their offensive line. It isn’t like there is one NFL team that wouldn’t be willing to draft an offensive lineman. Wills will be a solid pick in the NFL for sure, and I would give the edge to a run blocking team.
There’s a very good chance Wills will be a first round pick. His ability to pass protect will be a huge asset in today’s NFL. There are several NFL teams who need multiple tackles. Teams like the Cardinals and Jets could move back into the first round if they miss on Thomas and Wirfs early.
Wills Jr. is a top offensive-line prospect. Even though he is third in my rankings, a lot of scouts believe he is equal to Andrew Thomas and Tristan Wirfs. He is a sure-fire top-15 pick/instant starter, but depending on preference, he could be the first offensive linemen taken. I expect him to go to Cleveland, or even higher to the Chargers.
Wills will most likely be a right tackle in the NFL. He could switch over to left tackle if possible, but how well he would do on the opposite side of the line is an unknown. Despite that, Wills is without a doubt a first round pick, and he likely goes in the top 15. If he stays at right tackle, he could be a franchise cornerstone piece for years to come. Cleveland, Los Angeles (Chargers,) Arizona, and New York (Jets) are all potential landing spots for Wills.