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Jonah Williams NFL Draft 2019: Scouting Report for Cincinnati Bengals' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 26, 2019

Alabama offensive lineman Jonah Williams (73) looks for a block during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Texas A&M, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Butch Dill/Associated Press

STRENGTHS

—Three-year starter who got onto the field as a true freshman at Alabama, playing right tackle before moving to left tackle as a sophomore and junior.

—Smart technician who understands angles and the timing on his punch.

—Smooth mover with exceptional body control and balance that shows up when asked to pull or when kick-sliding in pass protection.

—Body-beautiful blocker whose tape is flawless from a technique standpoint. Balanced, fluid and smooth.

—Can mirror speed-rushers on the edge and is able to cut off the corner with his quickness and a well-timed punch.

—Excellent hand usage when asked to recover or counter a pass-rusher.

—Offers legit power in the run game.

     

WEAKNESSES

—Small-bodied player (6'4", 302 lbs); most NFL teams believe his future will be at guard or center.

—Can get pushed back and lose contain in the passing game when facing speed-to-power linemen.

—Pro evaluators worried his arm length (33⅝"), combined with his thin frame, isn't good enough to stay at tackle in the NFL.

OVERALL

Williams lands as the top tackle on our draft board, and we believe he could have a long, successful career there. The NFL may ultimately disagree and move him inside to guard or center, and he has the athleticism and football IQ to make that transition flawlessly. Williams is one of the safest picks in the 2019 draft and should have a high-level pro career.

     

GRADE: 7.20 (ROUND 1 - TOP-15 PLAYER POTENTIAL)

PRO COMPARISON: Joe Staley

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