Now that Jonah Williams has been drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals at the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tenn., here's a look at what fans need to know about the 6'4", 302-pound Alabama offensive tackle.
A nimble mover with power, Williams played left tackle the last two years for the Tide (after playing right tackle as a freshman). He keeps his hands inside and has enough power to win early in the down. Overall, he’s technically sound and reacts well to inside counter moves, mirroring well. He shows strong instincts in recognizing and reacting to twists and stunts up front. He’s at his best climbing to the second level in the run game. He’s excellent pulling as a lead blocker and shows the flexible core and overall athleticism to hit moving targets in space. He’ll also consistently generate movement at the point of attack against edge defenders, and he plays with a nasty disposition overall.
A lack of length could lead to a move inside in order to avoid pass protection issues at the next level. If he moves inside, he’ll have to show he can play with the same power at the point of attack as he did against smaller defenders on the edge.
Williams is not the prototypical blindside protector teams usually look for, but he could survive on the edge for a team that wants to play power football. His ceiling is higher as a guard, where he’d offer more scheme versatility.