Could Jedrick Wills be the next franchise left tackle for the Browns? Nick Saban weighs in with 2020 NFL Draft approaching
The Cleveland Browns have plenty of pieces in place to have one of the NFL’s most dynamic offenses with quarterback Baker Mayfield, running back Nick Chubb and receivers Jarvis Landy and Odell Beckham all on the roster heading into next season.
Despite all that firepower on the Cleveland roster, one missing ingredient last season proved to be an elite left tackle.
The Browns currently own the No. 10 overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft and one prospect the team may be interested at that selection is former Alabama right tackle, Jedrick Wills.
While he played right tackle in Tuscaloosa, you have to keep in mind Tua Tagovailoa is left-handed. Thus, Wills played the role of Tagovailoa’s blindside protector, despite lining up at right tackle during his college career.
That’s something Nick Saban noted when recently interviewed by Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.
“He was the left tackle for us by playing right tackle because Tua was left-handed,’’ Saban said. “But he always played right tackle. He played right tackle in high school, he’s always played right tackle here. He has all the physical abilities to be able to play left tackle. He’s got the feet, he can pass-block well enough, he’s smart, he can do all the things he needs to do to be a left tackle.”
Moving to the other side of the line of scrimmage isn’t as easy as simply lining up in a different spot. There’s so much detail that goes into playing the offensive line position, which is only going to be compounded when making the transition from college to the NFL.
If Wills is going to make the transition, he’s going to have to force his body to break some habits.
“I don’t have a crystal ball, so I think it’s going to be just the challenge for him, making those adaptations from playing in a right-hand stance to playing in a left-hand stance,” Saban continued. “Is he capable of doing it? Absolutely. What his mindset is for doing it, I really can’t speak to that, so I can’t unequivocally answer that question.’’
Projecting what a player will become at the next level is a large part of the equation when it comes to the NFL Draft. We’ll find out soon enough just how highly the Browns think of Wills if they make him the No. 10 overall pick during the NFL’s latest selection process.