Alabama Football: Cleveland Browns make Jedrick Wills first-round pick

Jedrick Wills was an anchor on the OL during his time with Alabama football. He will now look to bring the same drive, power, and tenacity to the Cleveland Browns.

Jedrick Wills is going to be a monster in the NFL. Watching his combine tape for the on-field drills was like watching a man amongst boys. Alabama football didn’t have much to worry about on the right side of the line when he was the one over there.

He continues a long legacy of fantastic OTs being sent to the NFL by Nick Saban. This draft is deep at two positions, WR and OT. Wills is clearly one of the top three OTs and has a legitimate argument for being the best OT prospect.

Wills along with Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs and Georgia’s Andrew Thomas make up the top 3 OTs. Wills didn’t have the best Combine in regards to skill drills, but he was still in the top 5 in almost every category for OLs.

While he played mostly RT at Alabama because Tua was left-handed, he may make a switch to LT in the NFL because he is a better pass blocker than run blocker. That is not to say he is a bad run blocker, but his agility and footwork make him a nightmare matchup for DEs and OLBs coming of the edge to rush the passer.

Wills will be an immediate impact starter for the Cleveland Browns. With the departure of Joe Thomas they had a need for an OT. Not just a starter but an emotional leader that can bring some fire to their O-Line Wills has all of that in spades.

He has the strength to move guys off the ball and the footwork to protect Baker Mayfield and give him time to get the ball to some of the playmakers the Browns possess. The Browns are a team on the rise after two decades of mediocrity.

They are going on 17 straight years without a playoff berth and Wills is a step in the right direction to rectify that.

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