30 in 30: Alabama OT Jonah Williams


He was a three-year starter and never missed a game in his career.

But, the one knock on Alabama’s Jonah Williams?  Short arms.  He doesn’t seem overly concerned with that.

If you look at a lot of the really successful tackles over the past 10 years — Joe Thomas, Joe Staley, Jake Matthews, Jason Peters, La’ell Collins, Riley Reiff and Ryan Ramczyk — just a couple guys off the top of my head that have shorter arms than me — I don’t think that’s necessarily a huge deal.

And it really wasn’t.  Facing the best pass rushers in the country on a weekly basis in the SEC, the junior didn’t allow a sack all season.

I think I’m a talented individual with good athleticism, he said.  I know I can outwork and out prepare anyone.  That’s why I was successful in college. That’s why I’ll be successful in the NFL.

Williams began his college career at right tackle before moving to the left side the last two years with the Tide.  While the Bills did their best to add complimentary pieces to protect Josh Allen in free agency, Williams would easily be a day one starter on Buffalo’s offensive line.

And, he has some familiarity with schemes, having played under current Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, who was with Alabama two years ago during their national championship run.

I’ll play wherever a team what’s me to play.  I was the best tackle in college football, so I know I can play at the next level.  But, I’m a competitor. I want to be on the field. I’ll play wherever a team wants me to be.

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