Jonah Williams takes preparation to the next level

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Former Alabama guard Jonah Williams is drawing rave reviews for his mental preparation to the game, which is showing NFL teams an impressive level of commitment to his craft.

Williams devised his own methods of tracking tape study, watching the defensive linemen he’s preparing to line up against, categorizing each move they make, and entering all the data into a spread sheet to hep analyze what he can expect to see on game day.

Former Browns left tackle Joe Thomas took a look at the way Williams prepares and told ESPN it’s “genius,” and that Williams is far ahead of most young linemen mentally.

“It just shows you his level of preparation,” Thomas said. “It says a lot about the success he will have at the next level, because that is the type of preparation you need to have to be able to gain an advantage over your opponent. I wasn’t that advanced when I was in college.”

Williams shared a spreadsheet with Austin Gayle of Pro Football Focus, and it shows the simple way he distills a lot of information that he picks up from film study. It’s an impressive level of preparation from an impressive young player.

16 responses to “Jonah Williams takes preparation to the next level

  1. “I’ve seen many people say he’ll instantly be All Pro.”

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    Have you ever had a original thought? You talk about what you have “seen many people say” What people? Most talking heads have zero clue.

    I actually saw Jonah play live in 2016. He was a RT in ’16 and I was impressed with him. After seeing him in person I then saw probably 11 games of his on TV when he was playing LT in 2017 and ’18. I am not sure he is ready to play LT in the NFL as a rookie. He has a small frame for a LT and his arms are a little short for a LT. The arms thing doesn’t bother me at all, but if someone wants to play him as a rookie I would place him at guard to start. He needs to bulk up some and get some NFL experience before you throw him out at LT in the NFL. A team can always move him out to LT after a year or two seeing if he can excel on a NFL offensive line.

    He will probably go in the Top 15. I think the Bengals would be a good landing spot for Jonah. I know Joe Thomas thinks Jonah has a good chance at being solid at the next level and that is probably the only media opinion I do listen closely to when it comes to O-lineman.

    Many clueless talking heads that some here get all their information from said Bulaga’s arms were too short as well. Bryan proved people wrong. Jonah has a good shot at doing the same.

  2. Minnesota fans would love to see the Vikings draft this guy, but it won’t happen. There are just too many future wide receiver busts that Spielman will be more than happy to jump all over when their pick comes up.

  3. freefromwhatyouare says:
    April 21, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    “I actually saw Jonah play live in 2016.”

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    Well that’s just special for you, congratulations (slow clap)

  4. freefromwhatyouare says:
    April 21, 2019 at 4:44 pm
    “I’ve seen many people say he’ll instantly be All Pro.”

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    Have you ever had a original thought? You talk about what you have “seen many people say” What people? Most talking heads have zero clue.

    I actually saw Jonah play live in 2016. He was a RT in ’16 and I was impressed with him

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    I agree partially with what you wrote. I would agree that you have no clue, but don’t believe you could be qualified as a “talking head”. I couldn’t help but notice you referred to Jonah Williams as simply “Jonah” 4 times in your very detailed analysis . You must be quite tight with him.

  5. Unfortunately he will very likely be gone before 18. Whoever gets him can try him at L Tackle but prob should start at Guard until later. See first how he does in camp & pre-season.

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