Joe Thomas Advising Jedrick Wills
If there's anyone who knows how to play left tackle in the NFL, it's Joe Thomas. Thomas played the position for the Cleveland Browns for 11 years prior to retiring in 2017. With the 10th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft last week the Browns drafted Alabama offensive lineman Jedrick Wills.
Wills has played right tackle his entire football career but will be asked to switch to left tackle in the NFL. Left tackles make more money and are generally the most athletically gifted linemen on the team. Wills met with TMZ after the draft and revealed that Thomas was giving him pointers on how to adapt to the position change.
Wills is being pushed into the change in due in large part because of his athleticism but also because the Browns signed right tackle Jack Conklin from the Tennessee Titans in this offseason.
Two new tackles should help Baker Mayfield have a bounce-back season as he was sacked 40 times last season, tied for eighth most in the league and hurried 65 times, good for fourth most in 2019.
Wills told TMZ that Mayfield called him shortly after being picked to offer him help moving to Cleveland and get to know his new teammate. Star wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry also reached out to Wills over the weekend.
The Alabama tackle told TMZ he is ready to get to Cleveland and compete and try to help the team win games.