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Jets Select DT Quinnen Williams with the Third Pick in the 2019 NFL Draft

The New York Jets with the third pick in Thursday’s NFL draft selected DT Quinnen Williams from Alabama. The big man is 6-foot-3, 303 pounds.

Here’s a scouting report from Walter Football:


Dominating defender
Can take over games
Intimidating presence
Superb pass-rusher
Repertoire of pass-rushing moves
Very fast interior defensive lineman
Strong hands
Surprising strength with bull rush
Closes on quarterbacks in a hurry
Excellent get-off
Fast feet
Splash plays
Extremely disruptive
Very skilled at shedding blocks
Natural pad level
Good run-defender
Anchors well in run defense
Lateral anchor
Very strong; has natural strength
Can hold his ground versus double teams
Can beat double teams and still make big plays
Works upfield
Very strong for his size
Plays with good leverage
Good motor
Well conditioned
Frees up tackles, edge rushers and linebackers
Upside; could get better with experience
Incredible athlete for a big, thick defender


One-year wonder
Lacks experience

Summary: In the Nick Saban era, Alabama has produced a steady string of excellent pro prospects and freak athletes who have been high first-round picks. That trend has been especially strong on the interior of the defensive line with players like Marcell Dareus, Jonathan Allen and Da’Ron Payne. This year, Williams is the candidate to keep the streak going. Entering the 2018 season, Raekwon Davis was the Alabama defensive lineman garnering all the hype and Isaiah Buggs was considered another nice player next to him, but Williams broke out in 2018 to overtake both of them was the first in the media to report and project that Williams could be a high first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Sources from multiple teams, including two general managers, were raving about Williams to me before the other media caught on to him. After his impressive start to the season, Williams was even better in conference play. He was superb in games against Missouri, Mississippi State and Auburn before utterly dominating LSU. Williams used devastating speed, power and technique to beat the interior of LSU’s line at will. He beat double teams from the guard and center for sacks, plus stuffed runs at the point of attack. For the day, Williams totaled 2.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles for a loss and 10 tackles. His outing against LSU was one of the most impressive performances I have seen by a defensive lineman in years. It was probably the best since Myles Garrett (2015) or Jadeveon Clowney (2012) during their amazing sophomore seasons. In 2018, Williams totaled 71 tackles with 19.5 tackles for a loss, eight sacks and one pass batted. He caused even more disruption than the numbers indicate, including routinely wrecking offensive game plans.

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