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Browns Go OT in Round One, Snag Alabama Tackle Jedrick Wills Jr.

After weeks of speculation and questioning on what they would do, the Browns on Thursday night in round one of the NFL Draft did the right thing, snagging offensive tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. from Alabama.

Jake Trotter of ESPN gave his take on exactly why the Browns selected the big tackle:

The Browns had to address pass protection after quarterback Baker Mayfield was sacked more often than any AFC quarterback per passing attempt last season. In Wills, Cleveland presumably gets its left tackle of the future to pair with what the Browns hope is still its franchise quarterback in Mayfield. Wills did play right tackle for Alabama, but that’s in part because he was protecting the blind side of lefty passer Tua Tagovailoa. The additions of Wills and free-agent signee Jack Conklin have the potential to turn offensive tackle in Cleveland from a weakness to a strength.

Here’s the presser for Wills Jr. with the media in Cleveland:

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