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Bengals Take OT Jonah Williams with the 11th Pick in the 2019 NFL Draft

The Bengals looked to add some beef to their O-line Thursday night, snagging Alabama OT Jonah Williams with the 11th pick in the draft.

And a Scouting Report on Williams:


Excellent technique
Hand placement
Plays with good leverage
Bends at the knee; avoids waist bending
Well-balanced blocker
Sustains blocks
Keeps his feet moving
Reliable pass blocker
Can torque defenders in the ground game
Beats defenders to spots to open holes
Ties up defenders to keep them from getting to ball-carriers
Scheme versatile
Known as a good-character individual
Great knowledge of technique
Football I.Q.
Hard worker
Lots of experience against top competition
Position flexibility; could play tackle, guard or center


Not overly strong
Not fast or very quick
Not a great athlete
Arm length – 33.63 inches
Can struggle with elite speed off the edge
Can get overpowered

Summary: At just about every position on the field, Alabama has been a factory for NFL talent during the Nick Saban era, and the offensive line is no exception. However, it is rare for a player to break into the starting line up early in their career as Saban has been more inclined to play upperclassmen. Thus, it said a lot for Williams when he broke into the starting lineup at right tackle as a freshman. After a strong debut there, Williams went over to left tackle once Cam Robinson moved on to the NFL. Over the past two seasons, Williams was a reliable pass protector and run blocker for the Crimson Tide. With his steady play, Williams turned himself into an early-round prospect for the NFL.

There are a lot of strengths to Williams as a player, but in speaking with team sources, the attributes mentioned the most are intelligence and technique. Team evaluators think that Williams is a very smart blocker, and he uses that to his advantage on how he attacks defenders to keep them away from his quarterback or ball-carrier. Williams has very good technique. His hand placement, knee bend, and leverage are all very good.

As a pass blocker, Williams is very reliable. He sets up well and plays the typewriter with his feet to keep defenders from getting around the corner. Williams uses his good hand placement and upper body to sustain his blocks while not allowing much give on second efforts. When he does allow a rusher to get upfield, Williams shows a nice ability to recover and tie up his blocker, using any means necessary to keep them from getting to the quarterback. Elite speed or strength can give Williams some problems on the edge, thus many believe he should not be a left tackle in the NFL.

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