Jonah Williams: 3 facts about the Cincinnati Bengals 2019 NFL Draft first-round pick

Blake Morgan
Montgomery Advertiser

Alabama's pocket has been kept pretty clean all season and that has a lot to do with the play of Jonah Williams.

The offensive tackle has protected the blindside of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa about as well as anyone in college football.

Williams helped propel the Crimson Tide into the playoffs and has NFL general managers looking hard at the Folsom, California, native.

Here are three things to know about Jonah Williams:

Jonah Williams' 2019 NFL Draft position

Alabama offensive lineman Jonah Williams.

Chris Trapasso of has high praise of Williams. He ranks the 6-foot-5, 301-pound tackle as the No. 2 overall prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft.

"He's the opposite of a project, a fundamentally sound technician with plus athleticism and developed strength to deal with every type of pass-rusher. While Nick Saban's club is known for its running prowess, its offense utilizes a plethora of spread concepts."

Williams could easily find himself being selected as a top-5 pick.

Williams started every game for Alabama

Alabama offensive lineman Jonah Williams (73) in first half action against Arkansas State at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday September 8, 2018.

Williams' durability is something that has stood out to NFL scouts and has certainly pleased coach Nick Saban.

Williams has started every game for Alabama, though not all at left tackle.

He played 15 games at right tackle as a freshman. The versatility on the line could help him out as he transitions to the NFL.

Jonah Williams accomplished his 3 goals

University of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (13) poses with offensive linemen, from left, Matt Womack, Ross Pierschbacher, Lester Cotton and Jonah Williams before fan day on the Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Saturday August 4, 2018.

Williams is known for his cerebral play and pragmatic approach to the game. It's not too surprising he came to Tuscaloosa with a focus on completing three goals. 

On Dec. 15, he completed his third goal, according to Charlie Potter of

“It was one of my big goals coming here — to start, be an All-American and graduate in three years," Williams said. "It was kind of a plan that was set in motion in high school. I graduated high school early and took AP classes and stuff to kind of get some credits and get ahead. Probably had nine credits to spare, graduating now. It’s exciting."

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