Jonah Williams is, in a lot of people’s minds, the top offensive line prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft class, but many are having a debate over what his fit is as a pro. He was a three-year starter at tackle in college, but there is real talk that he could wind up as a guard at the next level. With the need for reinforcements all over the Minnesota Vikings offensive line, there may not be a wrong answer in that debate.
Here is a look at what the former member of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team brings to the table:
Height/Weight: 6-5, 301 pounds
Position: Offensive Line
Projected: 1st round
- As technically refined as it gets in pass protection and uses every step in his sets with a purpose
- Packs a punch at the point of attack and displays countermeasures when need be
- Athletic and fleet of foot enough to get out in space and should be able to work effectively in zone schemes
- High football IQ that processes quickly and can readjust on the fly, three-year starter in college
- Length is what most are discussing as a concern, could force a move inside to guard
- Speed and power rushers with length may give him some problems on the edge at the next level
- Does not always move and maul bodies off the ball
- Has to be better at finishing blocks at the end of a play
Williams may have some limitations, but the little things that he does well like his awareness on the field and ability to process quickly and efficiently cannot be coached or taught. His lack of arm length keeps getting brought up as a concern, but one needs to only watch the national title game against Clemson and his work against players like Clelin Ferrell, a first-round edge rusher talent with length and speed, to see that Williams is more than capable of offsetting this. He is NFL-ready and could be a Pro Bowler as early as his rookie season at either position, though it seems like he is still more than capable of playing tackle in the pros.
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The offseason is in full swing as NFL teams work to build for the 2019 season and beyond. The NFL Combine is in the rearview mirror and the start of free agency and the new league year on March 13 is up next. The 2019 NFL Draft kicks off from Nashville, Tennessee on April 25, 2019, and runs through April 27, 2019. The first round will be held on Thursday night, followed by the second and third round on Friday night and will conclude with rounds four through seven on Saturday.