With the 11th pick in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals selected offensive tackle Jonah Williams from Alabama.
After locking down the left tackle position for a star-studded roster at Alabama, Jonah Williams is ready to step up to the next level. Will his talents translate up to the next level?
Elite level technician. Jonah Williams’ footwork is exceptional and is at a level rarely found in a college prospect. Use of hands, particularly in his vertical sets, is elite. Smart player, quickly diagnosing blitzes and making the appropriate adjustments to counter. Executes his assignments well. Elite anchor. Has a natural grasp of leverage as an offensive lineman. Stance is natural, doesn’t inhibit his pass sets or athletic ability. Just as efficient in run blocking as he is in pass blocking. Very good mobility; movement up to the second level and pulling is quick. Physical blocker in run and pass game. Finishes well.
Has lapses of issues against rushers quicker than him. Can leave himself open to inside moves in quicker sets. Williams has shorter arms that causes critics to arise.
How will Williams help the Bengals?
Jonah Williams is a 4-year starter from the top program in college football for years. His ability as a technician is rare for a college prospect and will benefit him at the next level. His grasp of fundamentals combined with versatility and intelligence is exciting for any OL coach at the next level. While he may not test like an elite athlete, Jonah offers plenty of upside to be a franchise left tackle for any NFL team.