Atlanta Falcons Potential First Round Pick Jonah Williams

Atlanta Falcons, Jonah Williams (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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For what Jonah Williams lacks in strength and explosion, he makes up for it in technique. He is known as a master tactician and film study nerd. He’s a very intelligent player, who understands offensive schemes, as well as the schemes that defenses attempt to implore against his team. Williams is known for having great balance and getting good leverage against opposing defenders.

Jonah possesses good speed and agility. He moves with a fluidity that few offensive tackles do. This helps him get a quick fist step in pass protection, as well as get to the second level quickly in the run game. He is a good player to use in rare plays where the tackle pulls outside of the tight end to seal the edge.


The biggest weaknesses that Jonah Williams has, are lack of strength and lack of length. He typically is able to make up for the lack of strength by using great leverage and technique. However the lack of length could be a problem versus the NFL defensive linemen with much longer arms. This could particularly be a problem in pass protection. Though Williams does a solid job anchoring his body in the run game, his lack of strength could prove to be an issue against some of the larger NFL edge setting linemen.

The trio of Jon Ledyard, Joe Marino and Kyle Crabbs, analysts for The Draft Network, each give their perspective on Williams in this article. In the piece John Ledyard gave the following synopsis of Jonah Williams and his skill set:

"Long billed as the top offensive tackle in the 2019 class, Jonah Williams tape is one of the tougher evaluations in this year’s draft. He doesn’t give up many sacks and his footwork is among the best I’ve ever scouted, but his traits do leave something to be desired in certain matchups. Williams consistently gave up ground and was unable to sustain blocks against powerful, long-levered defensive linemen, and struggled to recover on jab steps and inside counters in pass protection. His lack of length and strength is a legitimate concern for his translation to the NFL, but I don’t know that a move inside is the solution that many have suggested it is."

Pro Football Focus breaks down the skills of Jonah Williams in this video: