2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Alabama OT Jonah Williams

HEIGHT: 6-5

WEIGHT: 302

COLLEGE: Alabama

CLASS: Junior

GAMES WATCHED (10): Georgia, LSU, Louisville, Arkansas State, Clemson (2018); Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Georgia, Clemson, Mississippi State (2017)

40 BENCH VERT BROAD 3CONE 20S 60S
5.12 23 28″ 100″ 8.01 4.79

SIZE/PHYSICAL TRAITS (4/5)

  • Adequate height/weight for his position
  • 33 5/8″ arms are slightly shorter than ideal for an NFL offensive tackle, but he compensates well with precise hand placement

PASS BLOCKING (26/30)

  • Good sustain as a pass blocker
  • Has solid anchor ability vs. power rushers
  • Quick feet allow him to match speed rushers on outside rush attempts
  • Struggles to re-establish inside hands when blockers get inside his chest; susceptible to long arm maneuvers
  • Punch lacks knockback power; will wait and “catch” edge defenders

RUN BLOCKING (16/20)

  • Fires off the ball with low pad level, shoots hands inside and keeps legs driving to generate movement
  • Excellent seal blocker
  • Great combo blocker
  • Not a consistent finisher — can fall off blocks late in the rep; doesn’t consistently eliminate defenders from plays
  • Limited reach can allow defenders to gain control/shed blocks

TECHNIQUE (13.5/15)

  • Hand placement is consistently precise — typically lands punch on initial attempt
  • Plays with excellent knee bend/pad level
  • Very patient — rarely lunges/allows himself to get off-balance
  • Smooth, efficient kick-slide — balanced steps, good stride length; can generate good depth out of kick-slide to stay with speed rushers that try to beat him around the outside edge; played in pro-style system so he’s acclimated to the traditional 3- and 5-step kick-slides
  • Takes good angles to second level blocks
  • Can be slightly late with punch due to low hand height in pass sets — this technique can exacerbate his lack of length because it gives defenders an extra split second to attack his exposed chest
  • Had some trouble countering inside swim and swipe moves

MOVEMENT SKILLS (12/15)

  • Adequate foot quickness to handle speed rushers on the outside
  • Smooth mover with hip fluidity and quickness — effective on zone-blocking concepts as a pulling lineman
  • Able to recover fairly well if beaten due to athleticism and balance

AWARENESS/BLITZ RECOGNITION (13.5/15)

  • Good awareness/recognition of blitzes/stunts
  • Good feel for which defender to pick up in zone blocking assignments
  • Keeps head on a swivel to identify threats to the quarterback on double teams

OVERALL GRADE: 85.00/100.00 — 1ST ROUND — Rookie starter; top-15 player at position/Pro Bowl potential

NFL COMPARISON: Jake Matthews

SCHEME FIT: Man or zone-blocking

DRAFT PROJECTION: MID-LATE 1ST ROUND

“Jonah Williams has the appearance of a plug-and-play starter at left or right tackle. His foot quickness, fluidity and patience allow him to consistently mirror edge rushers inside and out. He possesses enough functional strength to be able to anchor in pass protection vs. power rushers, and he has shown the ability to generate movement as a run blocker, although he could stand to improve his finishing ability. Williams has the floor of a quality starter and the ceiling of a Pro Bowler.” – Dan Wussow

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