NAME: Jonah Williams
POSITION: Offensive Tackle
JERSEY: No. 73
RECRUITMENT RATING: 5-star
WT: 301 lbs
Pass Sets – Cadence is smooth, even keeled steps allow for good balance in initial pass sets. Takes effective angles in short sets, 45 degree sets and vertical pass sets to frame blocks prior to first contact effectively and shows great inside leverage to turn back counters.
Length/Extension – Arm length doesn’t meet the prototype but framing of blocks courtesy of the feet and hips allows for masking of issues in a vast majority of instances. Timing of the hands is effective and carries hands in a ready to fire posture in his pass set.
Balance –Rarely caught over-extending over-top of his base. Sustains foot width through contact to generate movement and control when driving off the ball. Pass sets are patient and plays inside out. Mechanical approach in the lower body ensures feet stay tethered to the ground.
Hand Technique –Rarely needs to work to re-establish a punch on the chest, placement is terrific. Quick to shoot from the hip and plays with a lot of strength in the upper half to twist or torque a frame at the POA and generate favorable angles to seal the lane.
Power at POA –Double team ace and tenacious against edge defenders, will produce movement and swallow up defenders now with length but with tenacious feet and precision from the hands to win reps initially. Has the functional power to handle interior defenders one on one.
Football IQ –Polished three year starter who shows wonderful technical prowess on the edge. Exposure to predominantly gap/power concepts and is an effective communicator up front to confirm double teams and pass off opportunities with his guard.
Functional Athleticism –Smooth mover. Does well to mirror on the edge, although third efforts from defenders typically break contain. Athletic ability is much more present when pressing forward or pulling out in space, light on feet and has no issues breaking down a defender and establishing fit.
Anchor Ability –Thick lower half and wide hips provide ample mass below the waist to play with power, is not a high cut athlete along the line. Knee hinge and hip drop allow for a sudden anchor if caught with a perfectly timed punch.
Flexibility –Hips are loose, has no issue with opening hips on deeper pass sets to gain depth while under control. Clean hinge as a puller or when in space to get the chest squared up to defenders and sustain control of body. Pad level and hip coil is terrific in drive block reps.
Competitive Toughness –Tough, blue collar play style. Love his ability to win with power in both pass sets and in the run game. Rarely caught getting bubbled backwards, even if caught by a longer armed defender to get inside his breastplate.
BEST TRAIT – Power at POA
WORST TRAIT – Length
BEST FILM – Clemson (2017)
WORST FILM – Georgia (2017)
RED FLAGS – None
Jonah Williams is a technically refined offensive tackle who projects most favorably into a physical offensive front. Williams’ pass protection skills would be best utilized in quicker passing schemes to protect his lack of length from being exposed on deeper pass sets, but that’s no reason to dismiss his skills as an offensive tackle and move inside to guard. Should be a rookie starter at the NFL level and provide quality play on the outside by the end of his first year.
PROS: Size and strength are NFL-ready. Excellent footwork out of his stance, entering his pass set with no wasted movements or false steps. Adjusts his set points based on edge defender’s alignment. Patient in pass protection, waits for opponent to show his hands and then counters. Times up his strikes well to combat power. Explosive in his first step to build his house against wide nines.
Zone footwork is solid. Even better vertical blocker, can locate and latch onto second level defenders in impressive fashion. Hinges on the backside are clean, locks out the defender to discourage pursuit. Not a great athlete in space, but certainly a capable one. Good puller who finds his target on the second level and takes good angles to seal him off. Terrific mental processing to handle twists, stunts and even blitzes. Recognizes schemes pre-snap and rarely makes a mental error.
CONS: Apparent lack of elite length will a point of discussion in NFL circles. At times can be a little too patient, and is susceptible to long arms keeping him from landing his hands. Range in his set points is a bit limited, elite speed/bend guys will really test his ability to get out deep in his sets. Wish he rocked pass rushers with his punch a bit more.
Not a true mauler in the run game. Needs to keep working to seal off defenders in zone, not allowing them to free up late in the rep. Might never be a great people mover. Can get out-reached at times, and may need to be a little quicker and more decisive to win first contact. Finishing/intensity is an area of his game that needs to improve.