The New York Giants will pick fourth in the upcoming NFL draft. It’s their chance to get a cornerstone player. Offensive tackle Jedrick Wills has the pedigree and fits the bill.
Jedrick Wills Jr. is exactly who the New York Giants wanted infamous draft bust Ereck Flowers to be. This is not a joke by the way. It’s a reality. When one envisions the ideal mauler at left tackle, one envisions Wills.
He’s never satisfied. The Bama OT doesn’t shy away from man schemes/assignments, and it’s, by all means, a very dangerous activity to be Wills’ assignment at the line of scrimmage. It appears as if Wills does not believe in remorse.
The most merciless lineman in the draft is just who the New York Giants could use. If Big Blue wants to find success again, they have to do what they did best in the Coughlin era. Always have a mental edge.
Wills is hands-down the toughest lineman in this draft; perhaps the toughest player in the entire draft class. His mindset is unrivaled and will put him in a position to succeed right away. He’s a quick transition to the NFL, and will immediately bring energy and toughness to whichever unit he is a part of.
At 6-5, 320-pounds, his wide frame is his best friend at times. At other times, he gets too wide. That could hinder his ability to stay with defenders on their secondary moves. He’ll undoubtedly win first moves at the line of scrimmage, but counter moves may be an issue. It’s not enough of an issue, however, to dismiss Wills as a great option with the fourth pick.
His awareness and beastly nature will still keep him in contention to beat defensive lineman in their second moves.
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There’s not as much to look at with Wills in the combine because we already know his strength and vicious mindset will be very combine-friendly, but that’s not an issue. League scouts already know what they would be getting out of Wills, or at least they should.
Wills’ production should be no secret. He’s started all 28 games of Alabama’s last two seasons. In 2019, he was named as an AP second-team All-American.
He started all these games on the right side, so maybe he won’t be Danny Dimes’ blindside tackle, but the Giants paid a lot of money for Nate Solder to play on the left side anyway. Playing on the right side should not be a knock on Wills.
If the Giants want to go O-line on day one, don’t be surprised (or disappointed) if they roll with Wills.