2020 NFL Draft, Pick #10 - Jedrick Wills Jr., OL, Alabama

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He's so good, guys. The only problem I see is that sometimes he oversets and can get beat inside. He throws tiger uppercuts in the running game, though. Obliterates his man.

Run Chubb behind Wills and Bitonio. He might get to 2k.
 

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He's so good, guys. The only problem I see is that sometimes he oversets and can get beat inside. He throws tiger uppercuts in the running game, though. Obliterates his man.

Run Chubb behind Wills and Bitonio. He might get to 2k.
I totally agree with this.

As far as run blocking goes, Wills does it all. He drive blocks with power. He zone blocks with athleticism and agility. He peels off double teams to get to the second level with ease. There's no reason why he shouldn't be a top tier run blocking tackle in the NFL early in his career. He's an absolute monster.

The one thing I notice in his pass blocking is that Wills appears borderline obsessed with not getting beat on the outside. This could be because he lacks the length that someone like Andrew Thomas has, but Wills absolutely launches himself out of his stance and typically sets up real wide in pass protection.

That's a good thing like 85-90% of the time.

I'm not exaggerating when I say this. I have never once in every single YouTube clip I've watched seen Wills get beat to the outside with speed or power. It's also good because Willis has such good strength that he can kick out real wide, but still handle inside power moves without much stress.

Now... where it gets bad is when a defender hits Wills with a straight inside speed move or an inside counter move. Wills is so geared up to stop outside speed and confident he can stop inside power that he is susceptible to losing to inside speed, usually off a counter move.

If you asked me "your starting LT can be elite against 3 of the 4 things he'll face (outside speed, outside power, inside speed, inside power) on a regular basis, but not that great against 1 of the 4 things" - I'd probably pick inside speed as the weak spot every time because A. it seems like the easiest to fix and B. because the ball comes out so quickly in the NFL most pass rushers don't really do much beyond the standard outside speed/inside bullrush combo.
 
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I totally agree with this.

As far as run blocking goes, Wills does it all. He drive blocks with power. He zone blocks with athleticism and agility. He gets peels off double teams to get to the second level. There's no reason why he shouldn't be a top tier run blocking tackle in the NFL early in his career. He's an absolute monster.

The one thing I notice in his pass blocking is that Wills appears borderline obsessed with not getting beat on the outside. This could be because he lacks the length that someone like Andrew Thomas has, but Wills absolutely launches himself out of his stance and typically sets up real wide in pass protection.

That's a good thing like 85-90% of the time.

I'm not exaggerating when I say this. I have never once in every single YouTube clip I've watched seen Wills get beat to the outside with speed or power. It's also good because Willis has such good strength that he can kick out real wide, but still handle inside power moves without much stress.

Now... where it gets bad is when a defender hits Wills with a straight inside speed move or an inside counter move. Wills is so geared up to stop outside speed and confident he can stop inside power that he is susceptible to losing to inside speed, usually off a counter move.

If you asked me "your starting LT can be elite against 3 of the 4 things he'll face (outside speed, outside power, inside speed, inside power) on a regular basis, but not that great against 1 of the 4 things" - I'd probably pick inside speed as the weak spot every time because A. it seems like the easiest to fix and B. because the ball comes out so quickly in the NFL most pass rushers do really do much beyond an outside speed/inside bullrush combo.
Absolutely, the most consistent pass rush move I saw work on him was inside spin, which makes sense with his susceptibility to inside speed. He'll need to adjust to a few guys (off the top of my head, TJ Watt could be a problem) but otherwise, let him do what he wants. He's a real special blocker and I cannot stress enough how dominate I think he and Bitonio will be on the left. With Chubb running behind them, it's the most fearsome rushing attack combo in the NFL. Smith on the Cowboys is what I'm thinking here.
 

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One of the problems with an eDGE defender trying to beat him with consistent inside spin is that it makes that defender very vulnerable to off tackle/outside running game. Guys like that can be taken right out of the play with their own momentum. Point is, teams can't consistently try to beat him with that or it will backfire. Also, if you wanted to put him next to one guy who might be able to give him a hand on some of those spin moves, Bitonio's a great guy to have on his flank.
 
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Kevin Stefanski prohibits Browns LT Jedrick Wills Jr. from wearing Joe Thomas’ No. 73

I absolutely love that. Joe is such a gracious, enthusiastic guy that of course he'd offer his number. But protecting the legacy of a first ballot HOF -- the first one in basically forever -- is important to developing the culture of the team. Joe isn't just another player, and Stefanski is basically telling Wills that the bar to replace JT is very, very high.
 

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This pick absolutely had to be a hit or the Browns would have been set back SO far. It really looks like the Browns got everything they thought they were getting. Should be plug and play for the forseeable future.
 
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