The 2020 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. The Game Haus will be doing scouting reports on some of the top prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft. Alabama offensive tackle Jedrick Wills has been one of the biggest risers this NFL draft season.
Position: Offensive Tackle
Size: 6-foot-5, 320 pounds
2019 stats: Second-Team All-American
Wills was a five-star recruit that chose to join the tradition of Alabama football in 2017. After three seasons of college football in Tuscaloosa, Wills has done enough to prove that he is one of the best offensive tackles in the 2020 NFL Draft class.
He played sparingly in his freshman season, but did start against Ole Miss to get some experience. As a sophomore in 2018, Wills started every game at right tackle, which is Tua Tagovailoa’s blindside. His blocking helped the team reach the College Football Playoff. This season, Wills maintained his position at right tackle and helped Alabama win 11 games. He was named a Second-Team All-American for his play.
Having proved that he can protect the quarterback’s blindside at a good level, Wills decided to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft. He won’t have to wait very long to hear the commissioner call his name to the podium.
Wills is a great pass blocker, which is where a lot of his value and recognition came from. He is able to block on the quarterback’s blindside with little to no help against good pass rushers. His technique helps him to avoid being beaten on the edge, but he also doesn’t get beat by inside moves much either.
He is very agile for his size as well. Wills is able to keep up with edge rushers who are faster than him because he is able to move at a decent level and his footwork helps him keep the edge. On run blocks, he is able to get to the second level and help spring big runs.
His power is also among the best for tackles in the class. Wills is able to drive players back on run blocks and create huge holes for ball carriers to run through. He is able to absorb power when pass rushers try to use their strength to beat him.
Although he improved this in 2019, Wills could have better hands. His placement is sometimes off, which allows his matchup to get the upper hand. With stronger hands and better placement, he can stave off even more pass rushers.
Sometimes Wills can stand too upright, which makes him lose some of his power and he can be beaten. He needs to keep his pad level low in order to keep his power. When he keeps his pad level Wills is an elite tackle prospect.
Willis isn’t the most athletic tackle in the class. He isn’t a bad athlete, but some of the top athletes in the NFL could put him in some trouble. His mobility and footwork help make up for that, but athletic pass rushers can beat him.
Projected Draft Range: Top 15 Pick