The Giants made Andrew Thomas the first tackle off the board at number four last night. That did not stop the Browns from taking a stud tackle of their own in Jedrick Wills Jr. at number ten. The analytics guys finally made a pick instead of trading down, so Browns fans should be encouraged by that alone. Jedrick brings excellent athleticism, length, and pedigree to the position coming out of Alabama. The big question is, can he flip to the left side and be as great as he was on the right side for the Crimson Tide.
What experts are saying about Browns drafting Jedrick Wills Jr.
Yahoo – Eric Edholm’s Commentary
“The Browns get exactly what they needed, an elite tackle to play in front of Baker Mayfield, and not having to trade up for him was a gift. Wills is an explosive, aggressive run blocker and emerging pass protector who has few obvious shortcomings.”
“The Browns add a bully to the offensive line with the size, strength and power to maul defenders in the running game while stalemating pass rushers off the edge. Wills played RT at Alabama but his footwork and athleticism should enable him to handle the blindside without a problem as a pro.”
The Draft Network –
“Willis is a plug-and-play Pro Bowl-caliber offensive tackle in the NFL. Wills has surreal ability as a pass protector; he’s violent, controlled, smooth and smart. Wills plays with a chip on his shoulder and brings the kind of attitude adjustment upfront that can make wakes and change the demeanor of an offensive line. Supremely gifted, Wills is especially attractive to teams that push the ball vertically, as his movement skills allow him to shine on an island in pass protection. STUD.”
Walter Football –
“I’ve seen several people suggest that Jedrick Wills clashes with Jack Conklin because they both played right tackle last year for Alabama and the Titans, respectively, but Wills is a natural left tackle; he simply played on the right side because Tua Tagovailoa was left-handed. With that in mind, I love this pick. The Browns made a huge mistake last year when they went into the year with Greg Robinson and Chris Hubbard as their tackles. Their blocking is so much better now.”
Wills Jr. was the pick in Mock 1.0
In a similar scenario to last night, Andrew Thomas was already off the board when pick ten rolled around. So the best tackle left was chosen in Wills. As you can see below, there are questions, but a lot of them have been laid to rest since the combine. He has played against elite competition in his college career and an elite coach. He also will start his career with one of the best offensive line coaches in the business.
Wills has the length and talent to play on the left side. He is also more than athletic enough for the stretch zone system that the Browns will run next season. At 6’5″ and 320 pounds, Wills has the perfect build, but some were still concerned about playing left tackle. Then he measured at 34 1/4″ arms and 10″ hands showing the length to ease concern. If Wills is still available, this is an excellent pick.
Safety in Round Two
The Browns have another significant need to fill on day two of the draft, and some big-time talent is still on the board. With Xavier McKinney, Grant Delpit, and Antoine Winfield Jr. still on the board, the Browns should be able to fill another need at pick 41. Will we see a trade up to guarantee they get their guy? Is safety as big of a concern to the Browns front office as it is to the fans? Could they go off script and add the best wide receiver left on the board? We will have to wait till tonight to find out more about what positions Andrew Berry values the most.
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