CLEVELAND (WJW)– The Cleveland Browns selected offensive tackle Jedrick Wills with the 10th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
This draft class is deep with talented tackles and some considered Wills to be the best. So it came as a surprise he waited this long to hear his named called. Wills said he felt he was the top tackle and he was happy to hear the Browns agreed.
“Makes me feel good, makes me welcome. I’m going to prove them right,” Wills said.
“We are incredibly excited to add Jedrick to our organization. Jed was one of the guys that we had targeted coming into this evening,” said Andrew Berry, Browns general manager. He said he was impressed by Wills’ organization and preparation.
Wills is 6 foot 4 and 312 pounds. Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said he plays with toughness, tenacity and nastiness. The first-year head coach is ecstatic about adding Wills.
“What you saw on tape was legit. I think once we got to know the person and spend some time with him and our coaches spent some time with him, we really felt very comfortable that we were getting a guy that certainly fits our scheme and certainly fits our building,” Stefanski said.
The rookie OT will have to make the transition from right to left tackle. But the Cleveland leadership is not worried about it, despite the logistical issues in the NFL during the coronavirus pandemic. Wills has experience protecting a quarterback’s blindside. At Alabama, he played right tackle for lefty QB Tau Tagovailoa.
“We feel confident in our ability to work with him and make sure that he is up to speed. We are fortunate to have the offensive line coach who has presided over probably the most high-profile switch from right tackle to left tackle in (offensive line coach) Bill Callahan. We feel really good about the group and the support that we’ll be able to give him,” Berry said.
Wills will get some insight on left tackle from one of the best to ever play the position: former Cleveland Brown Joe Thomas. Wills said the Browns legend reached out to him before and after he was drafted by Cleveland. Thomas is going check out film and give him some pointers, Wills said.
Cleveland just added right tackle Jack Conklin, who spent four years with the Titans, to play alongside guard Joel Bitonio and center JC Tretter. Wills is a great piece to solidifying the offensive line.
As for how he spent his draft night, Wills said he followed CDC guidelines and had fewer than 10 people at home to celebrate.