The number of Alabama defensive linemen in the NFL since 2016 is quite impressive: Daron Payne, Da’Shawn Hand, Josh Frazier, Jonathan Allen, Davlin Tomlinson, A’Shawn Robinson, and Jarran Reed. In a little less than a month, Isaiah Buggs and Quinnen Williams will join them.
Daron Payne went 13th overall to the Washington Redskins last year; and Jonathan Allen went 17th overall in 2017, also, to the Washington Redskins.
Quinnen Williams, however, has been rated above his alumni brethren. His name frequently appearing on draft boards as a top five pick in the 2019 NFL draft.
2019 NFL DRAFT: QUINNEN WILLIAMS | DT | ALABAMA
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 303 | Class: RS Sophmore | 40 time: 4.83
On the surface, Williams appears to be your typical Alabama defensive lineman – big and strong. Like other former-Alabama d-linemen, Williams has excellent short-area burst. What sets him apart though, his his ability to get skinny, using his quickness to slip between defenders. At times, last year, he seemed to be in the backfield before the play had barely started. That kind of instant disruptive burst allows him to wrapped up ball carriers and quarterbacks in ways that impact field position and ultimately the outcome of the game. He also has an incredible, amazing, ability to shed blocks and disengage like it’s no effort at all. He does it so efficiently, you almost don’t notice. He’s that good.
At the Scouting Combine, Williams ran a 4.87 – which is good for any 300 pound Nose Tackle. His agent advised him to not to run again, the time was good enough. But Williams, being the competitor he is, decided to run again. The second time, he clocked a 4.83. The fourth fastest time, ever, by a man over 300 lbs. That’s moving.
In his two years at Alabama, Williams played in 24 games. He had 91 total tackles; 56 solo; and 35 assists. He had 26 tackles-for-loss and 10 sacks. He also had 1 passed defended.
Just like Ed Oliver, Williams won the Outland Trophy after his sophomore campaign. The Outland Trophy being awarded to the best interior lineman in the nation. Williams was named a Consensus All-American in 2018 and was a finalist for the Bednarik and Nagurski awards.
Over the course of the past few months, draft pundits have projected Williams anywhere between the first overall pick and the fifth overall pick. It seems almost a foregone conclusion that Bosa will go ahead of him – and possibly Murray too. Still, most expect to hear Williams name called in the top three picks of the NFL draft.
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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.