COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA - SEPTEMBER 14: Jedrick Wills Jr. #74 of the Alabama Crimson Tide watches on during their game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Photo: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
Photo: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

NFL Draft: Cleveland Browns draft Alabama offensive tackle

The Cleveland Browns selected Alabama offensive tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. with the 10th pick in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday.

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The 6-foot-4, 312-pound Wills, who’s from Lexington, Ky., was a second-team All-American last season. He started 28 games the last two seasons.

ESPN’s Mel Kiper rated Wills the seventh-best player in the draft and the best offensive tackle.

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“Wills is a mauler and natural finisher with the power to move defenders in the run game,” wrote ESPN draft analyst Steve Muench. “He's an easy knee-bender with a powerful punch who rarely gives ground in pass protection. He oversets at times but he has enough balance and agility to stay in front of defenders when his footwork is sound. Wills grades out as a plug-and-play starter at right tackle, but he also could kick inside to guard.”

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