2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Alabama OT Jedrick Wills Jr.

Brian Lamb
Brian Lamb is the owner of NFL Draft Lounge and has covered the NFL Draft since 2011. Brian is also the owner of the Infinity Sports Network, which NFL Draft Lounge belongs to.

Jedrick Wills Jr.

Height: 6’5

Weight: 320 lbs

 

2019 Second-Team All-American by AFCA, AP, and The Sports News
2019 Outland Trophy Preseason Watchlist
2019 Preseason First-Team All-American by Athlon Sports

 

Three-year contributing player at right tackle for the University of Alabama.  Four-star recruiting prospect according to ESPN and 247Sports.  In this scouting report, we’ll breakdown his mechanics and evaluate his future as an NFL offensive tackle.

 

 

What I Like:

Second Level Run Blocking

Jedrick Wills Jr. is playing right tackle in this clip.  He’s able to deliver a solid initial block before releasing and getting upfield quickly to deliver an additional block at the second level.  His athleticism and effort propels Alabama to the first down.  While breaking down his game film, these are the types of plays that pop consistently for Wills Jr.

 

 

What I Dislike:

Handling Quick Moves Inside

Jedrick Wills Jr. gets beat to the inside here, forcing QB Tua Tagovailoa to hurry the pass as it falls incomplete.  I’d like to see more consistent use of hands from the offensive tackle to handle these situations, which he’ll see a ton of on Sundays.

 

 

Where I’ve Seen Improvement:

Short Yardage Run Blocking

Once again Jedrick Wills Jr. is at right tackle for the University of Alabama and comes up with a huge play.  Wills Jr. establishes and maintain leverage to steer the defender to open up a massive hole for the running back.  As I stated above, the effort that Jedrick Wills Jr. shows on every play is impressive.

 

 

Overall Breakdown

Has solid height and good weight for the offensive line position.  Has good burst and acceleration off the line of scrimmage.  Displays a solid ability to pickup late blitzes from the cornerback.  Shows to have a solid ability to scan field quickly once out of stance.  Displays a good range to stay in front of edge rushers in pass protection.  Has good lateral agility to mirror defenders.  Displays a good use of hands to stun the rusher and keep defenders in front of him.  Has a solid use of hands to handle outside spin moves.  Shows to have a solid punch off the line of scrimmage.  Displays a solid ability to establish and maintain leverage against edge rushers.  Displays a good ability to absorb initial contact off line of scrimmage and remain balanced.  Has a good ability to steer defenders to open up running lanes.  Displays a very good ability to drive through defenders as a lead blocker to open up running lanes.  Has solid quickness off the line of scrimmage to get to blocking assignments when asked to pull block.  Shows to have a good ability to identify his blocking assignment quickly when asked to pull block.  Has a good ability to get upfield and to his second level blocks quickly.

Displays an adequate ability to handle power moves off the edge.  Has an adequate ability to stay in front of spin moves to the inside.  Displays an adequate ability to establish leverage off quick inside power moves in run blocking schemes.

 

2020 NFL Draft Projection

Mid-to-Late First Round

Jedrick Wills Jr. is a fantastic prospect that has spent his collegiate career at right tackle.  Wills Jr. has very impressive game film and should carry that over into the NFL Combine and the Alabama Pro Day.  His athleticism is perhaps the best of all first round offensive tackles.  I have Jedrick Wills Jr. listed as being able to play either tackle position from day one in the NFL.  If he declares for the 2020 NFL Draft, we could see him off the board within the top fifteen picks, although I think it’s more likely to see him drafted in the twenties.

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