What matters more for Buffalo’s draft room: Measurements or technique?
"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections NewsNotesOpinionAnalysisDiscussionPodcastNFL DraftSalary CapNFL DraftAnalysisScouting Reports2019 NFL Draft: Jonah Williams scheme fit with Buffalo Bills could go either wayNew John Brown Jerseys Stitched ,48commentsWhat matters more for Buffalo’s draft room: Measurements or technique?EDTShareTweetShareShare2019 NFL Draft: Jonah Williams scheme fit with Buffalo Bills could go either wayJonah Williams is one of the top offensive linemen available in the 2019 NFL Draft, but that doesn’t necessarily place him atop the Buffalo Bills’ draft board. Like every player the team evaluates, Williams will be weighed against the team’s preferred prototypes for his position, along with his fit with the scheme the Bills like to run. Could Williams fit with the team, and how might he be used? Let’s take a look.Team fitWhen Sean McDermott first started coaching the Bills and he brought along Rick Dennison’s zone-blocking scheme, the team drafted 6’4”, 315-pound Dion Dawkins as a future left tackle. His long arms helped him handle defenders around the edge, but he was still a player most analysts pegged as an offensive guard.Dennison’s gone, Juan Castillo is gone, and now we have a sample size of a half-dozen linemen to suggest to us the prototype Buffalo wants for Brian Daboll and Bobby Johnson’s offense. This doesn’t factor in any players already on the roster, for whom management didn’t have any pressing contract deadlines. OT Ty Nsekhe: 6’8” 330 pounds (long arms, but true measurements unknown)OT LaAdrian Waddle: 6’6” 315 pounds (arm length unknown)OC Mitch Morse: 6’6” 305 pounds, 32.25” armsOG/OC Spencer Long: 6’5” 320 pounds, 33.125” armsOG Jon Feliciano: 6’4” 323 pounds, 32.375” armsOG/OT Jeremiah Sirles: 6’6” 315 pounds (arm length unknown)At 6’4” and 302 pounds, Williams looks like a poor physical match for Buffalo’s roster. He lacks the length they’ve been consolidating on the outside, and the bulk of their guards. His height-weight-arm measurements would fit at center, but the team just signed Mitch Morse to lock down that position for the future.In terms of scheme, and what the Bills would want for their offense, however, Williams would be able to handle anything the team throws at him. He was already a first-team All-SEC lineman and national champion when he played for Daboll in the 2017 Crimson Tide season. Williams has enough speed to hold his own on the edge, and enough strength to widen running lanes. He knows the playbook.Sample play: Counter treyThe counter trey, one play that could take advantage of Williams’s coordinationJonah Williams’s best traits are his refined technique and his awareness of the situation around him. A play to take advantage would be this one, the counter trey. Playing left tackle here, Williams would be required to block down on a defensive end as the runner stepped toward the strong side of the formation. A tight end and right guard would then be pulling around the edge Youth Bruce Smith Jerseys , as the running back changes direction and heads behind them to the weak side. Williams needs to turn his defensive end toward the inside so he doesn’t spill into the rushing lane, and open room for his teammates who want to pick up the incoming linebacker, nickel back, and free safety. He might need to combo with a teammate to get the DE out of the way. Depending on his role with the team, Williams might be the right tackle in this scenario, or even the pulling guard. He would be able to handle any of those responsibilities. No current Buffalo Bills received votes for this year’s All-Pro team. In the past, players like Richie Incognito, Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams, and LeSean McCoy have at least received a vote, even if they haven’t made it. Nothing in 2018, which can’t be a surprise.One former Bills player did crack the first team, as Stephon Gilmore earned the award for the first time in his career. Gilmore signed a huge contract with the New England Patriots two years ago, and Buffalo was able to build an entire secondary that led the league in passing yards against in 2018 for the same cap hit. The last two Bills to make the squad were Mario Williams and Marcell Dareus in 2014.FIRST TEAMOFFENSEQuarterback: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City ChiefsRunning Back: Todd Gurley, Los Angeles RamsFlex: Tyreek Hill, Kansas City ChiefsTight End: Travis Kelce, Kansas City ChiefsWide Receivers: Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints; DeAndre Hopkins, Houston TexansLeft Tackle: David Bakhtiari, Green Bay PackersRight Tackle: Mitchell Schwartz, Kansas City ChiefsLeft Guard: Quenton Nelson, Indianapolis ColtsRight Guard: Zack Martin, Dallas CowboysCenter: Jason Kelce, Philadelphia EaglesDEFENSEEdge Rushers: J.J. Watt Bruce Smith Jerseys Stitched , Houston Texans; Khalil Mack, Chicago BearsInterior Linemen: Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams; Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia EaglesLinebackers: Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers; Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks; Darius Leonard, Indianapolis ColtsCornerbacks: Kyle Fuller, Chicago Bears; Stephon Gilmore, New England PatriotsSafeties: Eddie Jackson, Chicago Bears; Derwin James, Los Angeles ChargersDefensive Back: Desmond King, Los Angeles ChargersSPECIAL TEAMSPlacekicker: Justin Tucker, Baltimore RavensPunter: Michael Dickson, Seattle SeahawksKick Returner: Andre Roberts, New York JetsPunt Returner: Tarik Cohen, Chicago BearsSpecial Teamer: Adrian Phillips, Los Angeles ChargersSECOND TEAMOFFENSEQuarterback: Drew Brees, New Orleans SaintsRunning Back: Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas CowboysFlex: Christian McCaffrey, Carolina PanthersTight End: George Kittle, San Francisco 49ersWide Receivers: Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons; Tyreek Hill, Kansas City ChiefsLeft Tackle: Duane Brown, Seattle Seahawks; Terron Armstead, New Orleans SaintsRight Tackle: Ryan Ramczyk 2019 Ed Oliver Jersey , New Orleans SaintsLeft Guard: Joel Bitonio, Cleveland BrownsRight Guard: Marshal Yanda, Baltimore RavensCenter: Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh SteelersDEFENSEEdge Rushers: Von Miller, Denver Broncos; Cameron Jordan, New Orleans Saints; Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns; Danielle Hunter, Minnesota VikingsInterior Linemen: Chris Jones, Kansas City Chiefs; J.J. Watt, Houston TexansLinebackers: Von Miller, Denver Broncos; C.J. Mosley, Baltimore Ravens; Leighton Vander Esch, Dallas CowboysCornerbacks: Byron Jones, Dallas Cowboys; Xavien Howard, Miami DolphinsSafeties: Jamal Adams, New York Jets; Harrison Smith, Minnesota VikingsDefensive Back: Derwin James, Los Angeles ChargersSPECIAL TEAMSPlacekicker: Aldrick Rosas, New York GiantsPunter: Johnny Hekker, Los Angeles RamsKick Returner: Cordarrelle Patterson, New England PatriotsPunt Returner: Desmond King, Los Angeles ChargersSpecial Teamer: Cory Littleton, Los Angeles Rams