Jonah Williams (OT/OG – Alabama)
One of if not the top offensive lineman in the 2019 Draft, Williams is a solid all-around prospect. For months Williams has been a lock as a top-10 pick, and his production at the nation’s best college football program is the reason why.
As a freshman, Williams earned the starting right tackle spot before moving over to the left side as a sophomore. He then resumed his role on the left side for his junior season, locking himself down as one of the best in the nation.
What could cause Williams to slip are the questions about his size and athleticism. Williams is 6-foot-5 and 301 pounds, which is a low weight for a left tackle in today’s NFL. He doesn’t possess elite athleticism for the position, but what he does have is great technical ability. His arms are short for a left tackle, but he makes up for it with his smarts and technique.
His poise as an experienced player is also a big component in his draft stock as a three-year starter and a starter at both tackle positions. Some draft experts see Williams as a right tackle or guard in the NFL, but to the Bills that shouldn’t matter.
Taking good players and putting them on the field is what the team needs to do. That sounds much simpler than it is, but whether it is at left tackle, right tackle or either guard position, Williams would be a huge addition to the to the Bills offensive line.
Williams’ flexibility to play three positions eliminates a need along the offensive line no matter where you put him. At left tackle, the team could move Dion Dawkins to guard or tackle. At right tackle, the team has a long-term starter that could help keep a clean pocket for Josh Allen. On the inside, Williams can help out his tackle and center and be the key to getting the run game going.
Wherever he lines up, Williams will be an asset to the Bills offensive line. Adding his talent, smarts and experience will significantly help a young offense.