The Browns solidified their offensive line Thursday by selecting offensive tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
We're highlighting five things to know about Wills, who excelled on Alabama's offensive line.
1. Wills is 6-foot-4 and 312 pounds and started at right tackle for the past two seasons with the Crimson Tide. He made his first college start as a freshman and became just the second Alabama offensive lineman to start games as a true freshman since Andre Smith in 2006. Wills became a full-time starter before his sophomore season.
2. Wills garnered first-team SEC honors and was named AP second-team All-American after his junior season. He allowed just one quarterback sack and 3.5 quarterback hurries last season and was the biggest force in Alabama's offensive line, which ranked third nationally and allowed just .92 sacks per game.
3. Willis is durable. He started his final 28 consecutive games with the Crimson Tide and made 29 total starts. His injury history is about as clean as it gets.
4. The Browns will look to switch Wills over to left tackle after filling their right tackle position with Jack Conklin in free agency. Wills said he's put in a sizable load of work on learning the position and has already been communicating with former Browns lineman Joe Thomas about the switch. "(Thomas) hit me up on Twitter and told me he had a talk with Andrew Berry," Wills said in his post-draft conference call on Zoom. "He gave me his number and said 'Call me anytime if you need any pointers.' He just wanted to help me out. He's a Hall of Fame player, so why not."
5. Wills also played basketball at Lafayette High School in Lexington, Kentucky, his hometown. Wills suffered a broken foot his sophomore year and decided to focus on football after recovering, but scouts have raved about Wills' footwork, which NFL Network's Lance Zierlein poignantly described in Wills' draft report. "He has basketball-caliber foot quickness and the quick hands of a boxer," Zierlein said, "and all of it is wrapped in a stout, powerful package of bad intentions."
The Browns have selected Jedrick Wills Jr. in the 2020 NFL Draft.