New York Jets Draft Profile: DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama

Quinnen Williams, Alabama Crimson Tide. New York Jets (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Quinnen Williams, Alabama Crimson Tide. New York Jets (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

As we prepare for the NFL Draft, we have a look at one of the names in the top five, defensive tackle Quinnen  Williams from Alabama.

The NFL Draft will be here before we know it, New York Jets fans. All of the prep, the interviews, the Pro Days, the workouts and everything else will be over in approximately one month.

Mike Maccagnan and the rest of the Jets staff are hard at work deciding who is going to be the next young star (we hope) of this franchise. It’s an exciting part of the off-season.

It’s hard to believe we are almost at the draft already, with the free agency period just winding down from the fever pitch it started at. The work really never does stop for the NFL and its teams.

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With that, it’s time to speculate as to who the Jets are going to pick. Blog fans, you know how that works.

We are all football fans here. As we are not with the team, all we get to do is educated speculation. It’s how we pass the time.

So as the draft nears, we are going to profile players the Jets may be interested in selecting.

Today, the player in the crosshairs is Quinnen Williams from Alabama.

There is a faction of Jets fans that don’t want to see the Jets take another interior defensive lineman, but if anyone is the exception, Williams is.




ARMS: 33 1/4″

HANDS: 9 5/8″

Williams only played two years in college, and that may cause some pause. But, his dominance as a sophomore was so strong that it makes the time worth overlooking. He posted 19.5 TFLs and eight sacks to go along with 71 tackles.

Those are strong numbers to say the least. Williams is primed to make a big impact this fall, which is why he is predicted to go in the top five.

He ran a 4.83 forty yard dash at the NFL Combine which is fast for a defensive tackle.

Enough talk. Let’s look at some tape. Here is footage from the SEC Championship:

For more “Q” footage, click here to look at the tape from the National Championship game just a few months ago.

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It’s fun to watch this guy play. When he is rushing the passer, he has some of the hand technique of an edge rusher. Williams can get on top of his opponent with a quick move with the hands and off he goes to the quarterback.

My favorite element is to watch “Q” use leverage. What do I mean? Watch the tape. He gets his pads underneath his opponent and that renders him useless. The guy cannot stop Williams and he is off to make a big play.

His motor is never-ending. Williams stops at nothing to get near the football. And if he uses his sheer strength he can force his opponent back into his quarterback.

Some of his best work comes when he is not involved in the play. How, you ask? When Williams is taking on a double or trip team. He will free up his teammates, like Leonard Williams, among others, to make plays.

My only concern is his fit. If the Jets are truly going to run a base 3-4, where does Williams fit? He is not big enough to play nose tackle. Could they use him on the edge?

If the Jets have a plan, I see no reason not to select Quinnen Williams with the third overall pick.