Jonah Williams

Alabama
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OL57

Prospect Info

College
Alabama
Hometown
Class
Folsom, CA
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 4"
302 lbs
33 5/8”
Hands
10 1/8”

Prospect Grade

6.23
Should Become Instant Starter
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
5.12
Seconds
 
Bench Press
23
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
28.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
100.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
8.01
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.79
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

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A five-star recruit, Williams' work ethic and athleticism made him one of the most coveted high school players in the country after he finished his career at Folsom High School in California. Williams actually left Folsom early, enrolling at Alabama in January 2016 to get a jump start. The move paid off, as Williams earned the starting right tackle spot for all 15 games that season, as well as Freshman All-American honors and a spot on the SEC All-Freshman squad. Williams moved to the left tackle spot in 2017, taking over for Cam Robinson as the starter for all 14 games and receiving third-team All-American notice from the Associated Press and a first-team All-SEC nod in the Tide's national championship season. In 2018, he earned AP first-team All-American recognition. He was highly-decorated again after starting all 15 times at left tackle in 2018, earning a spot as a Outland Trophy finalist, receiving unanimous first-team All-American notice and repeating as a first-team All-SEC selection. Williams also won the SEC's Jacobs Blocking Trophy for his efforts as a junior.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 1
NFL Comparison
Jake Matthews
Overview
Early entrant and three-year starter whose work ethic, attention to detail and desire to get better each day have made him a foundation piece of Alabama's dominant run. Like his idol, Joe Thomas, Williams uses angles, technique and body control to succeed in all facets of the game. He looked more comfortable in his pass sets at left tackle in his final year and he has the tools necessary to counter bigger, longer edge defenders despite a lack of ideal size and length for the left tackle spot. His cerebral nature and potential versatility should make him a safe pick and successful, long-time starter in the NFL.
Strengths
  • Plays with superior technique and rarely strays from fundamentals
  • Hones craft with noticeable improvement each season
  • Athletic with fluid movement skills and body control
  • Initial steps out of stance are quick and controlled
  • Lateral quickness to reach and secure on backside or play-side runs
  • Good acceleration up to backside blocks
  • Effective finding and adjusting to moving targets in space
  • Rhythmic combo blocker
  • Sled-pusher as drive blocker, creating push with flat-back, rolled hips and churning legs
  • Balance to center and sustained base blocks
  • Smooth with quiet upper body in kick slides and redirect steps back inside
  • Athleticism to mirror and divert speedsters looking to bend his edge
  • Strong core to withstand powerful punches into frame
  • Able to sink and anchor quickly when bull-rush begins
  • Hasty in re-setting hands for improved leverage
  • Snatch-and-secure hand strength to neutralize opponent
Weaknesses
  • Some concerns by evaluators regarding lack of arm length
  • Longer, speed-to-power rushers in NFL offer looming challenge
  • Smaller frame by NFL standards for tackle position
  • Keeping weight up could be a challenge for this amateur chef
  • Inconsistent outside hand will land in "gathering" position outside shoulder
  • Has to prove he possesses functional power to defend his edges
  • Needs to maintain knee bend as drive blocker rather than locking out
  • Occasionally leans into edge-stackers

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league