Can Alabama OT Jedrick Wills successfully transition to the left side? His former coach thinks so

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Jedrick Wills

Jedrick Wills should hear his name called relatively early on Thursday night, as the Alabama offensive tackle is expected to be a top-20 pick in the upcoming draft.

Wills protected quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s blindside, as he was the right tackle and Tagovailoa throws the ball as a left-hander. And at 6-foot-4, 312 pounds, Wills is generally seen as a “can’t-miss” prospect. From The Athletic’s Bob Sturm:

“Wills has great technique and is a mauler as well. Usually we have to choose between one or the other, but Wills has great awareness and is able to see what is coming at him, then has the tools to deal with pretty much everything with expert smoothness. He shows off great feet but is also able to deliver real power moving forward. He also seems to employ great hands to slap away any real threats that are present. I don’t mean to get carried away but the positives appear to be pretty much all of it. He is a very solid player who avoids mistakes, but also delivers highlight moments that show his ceiling is substantial. I would say his pass blocking is elite.”

That sounds more like a prospect who won’t get past pick No. 5.

However, one of the few knocks against Wills is that he has almost no experience playing left tackle, including high school.

And that could make a substantial difference in his draft standing.


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