Alabama has produced an impressive number of first-round picks during Nick Saban's tenure and offensive tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. is expected to add to that total in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft. One of the top prospects in a loaded tackle group, Wills shouldn't have to wait too long to hear his name called when the first round commences on April 23.
Jedrick Wills Jr. Draft Profile
Alabama’s right tackle, Wills might just be scratching the surface of his tremendous potential. He’s a natural in the run game, first and foremost due to his overwhelming power and pure strength through his lower body. But he also has the balance and athleticism to get out and hit moving targets, as well as the instincts and football IQ that always have him working optimal angles at the second level and in space. He has the kind of mean streak to punish defenders as he finishes blocks. He made major strides in pass protection last year, showing more consistent hand placement to go with his heavy, powerful punch. His long arms and wide base give him a natural anchor and help make up for footwork that can still be sloppy at times.
Pass protection will be the big question with Wills, who was much improved last year but can still look sluggish at times moving into his sets. He only had experience on the right side at Alabama.
He’s developing into a very good pass protector, and he’s already a difference-maker in the run game; you could argue that his ceiling is the highest among this year’s O-line prospects. The worst-case scenario is a move inside.