With the 10th pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns selected OT Jedrick Wills (6-5, 312 lbs, Alabama). Wills is the first player of GM Andrew Berry’s 2020 draft class. Berry said that Wills will be the Browns’ left tackle, and you can read more about what he said after the pick was made here.
When the Dawgs By Nature community compiled our 2020 Browns Big Board, Wills was listed as the No. 5 overall player. Here is a scouting report from CBS Sports’ Dane Brugler, who projected him to be a 1st-round pick and the best offensive tackle on his board.
A two-year starter at Alabama, Wills lined up as the right tackle in offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian’s scheme, allowing only one sack over his 39 games for the Tide. He protected Tua Tagovailoa’s blindside in college and while he has the talent to switch over to left tackle, all of his in-game snaps in high school and college came at right tackle, creating an unknown in his evaluation.
A fired-up competitor, Wills looks like a man among boys as a run blocker, driving defenders off the ball and never passing on an opportunity to bury. He needs continued growth as a technician, but he has steadily developed in pass protection, gaining proper depth in his kickslide with fluid steps. Overall, Wills is a balanced, light-footed big man with the explosive power, aggressive mentality and budding confidence that should translate very well to the NFL level, projecting as a long-term NFL starter with All-Pro upside.
Here is what Pro Football Focus said about Wills:
With the 10th overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select...— PFF (@PFF) April 24, 2020
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Here were Joe Thomas’ pros and cons for Wills prior to the draft:
(Wills continued): Overall, he's the guy who is the most NFL ready, and would clearly be the #1 guy if the ceiling for Becton wasn't so high. I see him as the most sure-fire offensive lineman in this draft. His movement skills and suddenness is impressive for a college player— Joe Thomas (@joethomas73) April 20, 2020
How He Fits the Browns
The Browns added a new starting right tackle this offseason in OT Jack Conklin. With Greg Robinson departing as a free agent, the team had a vacancy at left tackle — and really, they’ve been waiting to find a long-term solution since the retirement of Joe Thomas a couple of years ago. The writing was clear-as-day to everyone that the Browns were going to select an offensive tackle if they stayed put at No. 10 overall, as evidenced by what fans voted on prior to the draft (see image to the right). Wills should be a Day 1 starter at left tackle.
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