17 May 2019 14:00
It's this type of responsibility that, in addition to his physical skills, helped make Quinnen one of Alabama's team leaders on defense. After redshirting as a freshman at Alabama, Williams earned a spot in the team's rotation of defensive linemen in 2017 when the Tide won the national championship. When the 2019 NFL Draft kicks off Thursday night in Nashville, Quinnen Williams is expected to be one of the first college football players to hear his name called by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. In other words, Williams is on the verge of earning a multimillion-dollar payday as one of this year's top NFL draft picks. Williams, a 21-year-old defensive tackle who played college football at the University of Alabama, is ranked as the second overall player available in this year's NFL Draft, according to ESPN.
Williams completed three years of studying at Alabama before leaving early to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft. He spent his first two years at Alabama waiting, biding his time wreaking havoc on the scout team until he finally got his opportunity to take his rightful place on the interior of the Crimson Tide's defensive line for the 2018 season. He caused chaos from the jump, ending the year with seven sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss before declaring for the 2019 NFL Draft. He is the prized interior defensive lineman of this draft class in a class that includes guys like Ed Oliver and Christian Wilkins, but when you talk to him, he comes off like a young man who's still just taking everything in. "I watched a 30 for 30 on Barry Sanders, and I seen him juke John Lynch," Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams said Wednesday, via Jenny Vrentas of The MMQB.
Good football genes — brother, Quincy Jr., was a first-team all-conference linebacker at Murray State last year. We suspect that no one will trade up to get him – that territory is usually restricted for QB trades – which makes Williams likely to land with the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers short of some surprising, unexpected tumble. A hulking 6'3, 303-pound interior lineman out of Alabama, Quinnen Williams is a prototypical interior pass rusher for modern NFL. Despite moving over to his new position this season, Williams had an incredibly dominant season at Alabama, racking up 19.5 tackles for loss along with 8 sacks. Heading into the NFL Draft, Williams seems like a surefire top-five selection and a darkhorse candidate to possibly be taken first overall.
For now, there are teams convinced the 49ers will take Williams with the No. 2 pick and the Jets will select Ohio State defensive lineman Nick Bosa at No. 3. The team needs to add more playmakers on defense, and Burns is one of the best in the draft. Quinnen Williams has persevered through the tragic loss of his mother to blossom into an All-American and a top NFL draft prospect. He loves Oreos, even became a bit of a viral sensation during the NFL scouting combine when he copped to inhaling a handful of Double Stufs before he ran his 4.83-second 40, the fourth-fastest time by a 300-plus-pound defensive linemen in the past 16 years. "Quinnen Williams is the new school, next generation of pass-rush D-linemen," nine-year NFL pro Chuck Smith says.
Williams doesn't look or perform like defensive tackles of the past. Modern-day defensive tackles, like Williams, can't just swallow the run; they must penetrate the backfield with aplomb. Modern-day defensive tackles, like Williams, can't just skate by on old-school technique; they must develop faster, more explosive, cutting-edge moves. "Quinnen Williams is the new-school next generation of pass-rush D-linemen," Smith says. BEFORE HE COULD do it all--Chuck Smith's words, but Williams' too; "I'm the best, defensive line-wise, in the draft because I'm like a Swiss Army knife"--he couldn't break through. "Did I ever think he'd be one of the guys that people view as, you know, one of the top picks in the draft?" Saban says. "Did I ever think he'd be one of the guys that people view as, you know, one of the top picks in the draft?" Nick Saban says. New York Jets select Alabama's Quinnen Williams with third overall pick More: NFL Draft position previews: Alabama's Quinnen Williams could be among top 3 picks Williams was selected third overall by the New York Jets after Arizona selected Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the first pick and San Francisco followed with Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa with the second selection. Relegated to the scout team as he redshirted his first year, Williams patiently waited his turn while learning from All-American senior defensive end Jonathan Allen. More: Quinnen Williams: 4 things to know about the Alabama football defensive tackle More: Alabama DL Quinnen Williams makes rapid ascension up NFL draft boards