Jedrick Wills Jr. – Offensive Tackle:
I know I know, none of the names so far are that shocking, especially when you see the number one rookie contributor is the No. 10 overall pick from 2020, Jedrick Wills. While it should be an easy answer that three of the top four picks will be the biggest contributors, it also shows the Browns drafted well. Not only did they get talented players, the drafted guys who can easily develop in their system.
The big secret leading up to the 2020 draft was which offensive tackle would go first, and the order the top four prospects would go in. The Browns ended up getting the second tackle off the board and shared later they got the guy they wanted to the whole time. If you remember watching the draft, the Browns turned the ticket in almost immediately after going on the clock.
After a rough 2019, which the offense was flawed from far too much pressure on the quarterback, Wills will be a huge upgrade at left tackle. Wills has the strength and agility to be an all-pro tackle with his only downside being he is an inch or two shorter than most. He will be asked to move from right to left tackle, but he will still be protecting his quarterbacks’ blindside with Tua Tagovailoa being left-handed.
Perhaps one of the most impressive stat lines of any player in 2019 is the fact Wills gave up one sack and 3.5 hurries the entire season. That is a success rate of 99 percent, which is unbelievable to some. Yes, the NFL talent will be better, but don’t forget Wills was going against college football’s best every single week in the SEC. Wills is best against power but has the agility and coordination to handle speed better than most.
Under the coaching of Bill Callahan look for Wills to be an instant superstar in the NFL. While it seems impossible to live up to the abilities and performance of Joe Thomas, I’d put up a lot of money on multiple pro-bowl appearances and all-pro nominations for Wills.
No one will be happier than Mayfield to have substantially better protection in 2020.