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Alabama OT Jonah Williams could solve a couple problems for the Giants’ offensive line

Can the Giants overlook Alabama OT Jonah Williams’ traits and draft the polished technician?

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It was expected that the New York Giants would finish off their offensive line in free agency, freeing them up to add talent to their roster at other positions. However, outside of trading for Kevin Zeitler, that didn’t happen, and the Giants are left with a big question mark at right tackle.

And with the team cash-strapped by dead money from their trade, the Giants might not be able to sign a free agent tackle to replace Chad Wheeler on the right side. That leaves us with the 2019 NFL Draft, which just happens to have a solid crop of offensive tackles.

Alabama’s Jonah Williams spend much of the year regarded as the top tackle in this draft class. He has slipped back of late, as bigger, stronger, or more athletic prospects have stepped forward. But while Williams might not have ideal traits as reckoned by the NFL, he is already a polished technician who should be able to start early in his career.



  • Excellent technician.
  • Good feet. Gets into position efficiently and rarely gives up the corner early.
  • Good hand placement. Strives for inside leverage.
  • Plays with good hip and pad level.
  • Gets to the second level well and is accurate once there.
  • Experienced at both right and left tackle.


  • Size and arm length will be an issue for some teams.
  • Functional strength is dependent on technique.

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What They’re Saying

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.

- Lance Zierlein ( - Scouting Report)

Does He Fit The Giants?

Jonah Williams would make an interesting pick for the Giants in the first round. There are many who think that he should be transitioned inside to guard or center based on his measurables, however his technique almost demands a chance to prove his mettle at offensive tackle before being moved inside.

A three-year starter for Alabama Williams has started games on both sides of the offensive line and could provide an immediate answer for the Giants at right tackle. As well, he could provide a potential successor to Nate Solder at left tackle should the team opt to take advantage of the 2020 “out” in his contract move on from the high-priced veteran.

Williams’ lack of elite physical traits (arm length, bulk, athleticism, etc.) don’t show up on tape often, but he is occasionally prone to struggling against particularly long or athletic edge rushers. That being said, most of the time his use of angles and leverage minimizes rushers’ effectiveness and lets Williams battle through tough reps.

Perhaps the bigger question is whether or not Dave Gettleman -- who has historically liked big, long, and powerful linemen -- can overlook Williams’ modest traits and opt to select a polished technician.