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With the tenth overall selection, the Browns selected Alabama offensive tackle Jedrick Wills Jr, making him the second offensive tackle selected. Over his three years at Alabama, Wills started 29 games at right tackle and was named to several All-American lists as a second-team selection as a junior in 2019.
Wills is a powerful piece on the offensive line who gained his starting honors as a sophomore. A constant presence in the starting lineup, Wills started 28 straight games to finish his career at Alabama.
As a first-team All-SEC selection in 2019, Wills was perfect over 40 snaps against eventual national champions LSU. Wills did not allow a sack in 40 pass attempts against the Tigers. He was also perfect on 53 snaps against Mississippi State as a junior.
Wills is a bully on the offensive line who opened holes for his running backs at Alabama. With Wills in the trenches in 2019, Alabama rushed for 2,204 yards – 1,224 of those yards from Najee Harris. Jedrick is a talented run blocker and got better at pass protection as Alabama’s 2019 campaign continued. He will be an excellent addition to a team looking for a cornerstone piece on the offensive line who can come in, start, and play each game.
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What the Analysts Say
Naturally explosive off the snap — especially in the run game. Maintains a terrific wide base and rolls his hips through contact.- Eric Edholm, Yahoo Sports.
His game is tailor-made for the NFL, and his range of success is good starter to All-Pro, NFL Media’s Lance Zierlein
Wills fits great with the Browns, who need help upfront to protect Baker Mayfield and help open holes for Nick Chubb. The addition of Wills will also help in the run game. Wills provides a big body upfront and is aggressive in clearing holes for backs, paired up with Jack Conklin, Wills could be moved to left tackle for the Browns
The Browns took Wills tenth, which is a pretty good value for a lineman who could be a starter for the next decade.