DOB – DEC 21 1997
Height – 6’4″ Weight – 289 lbs
Powerful. Explosive. Disruptive. Those are the three best words to describe Quinnen Williams. Williams plays with a tremendous amount of violence in his hands and controls opposing offensive lineman at the point of attack with ease. Showcases an elite swim and rip move, that allows him to beat offensive lineman off the snap with his quickness and get into the backfield fast. Changes direction and moves extremely well for a man of his size. Disruptive as a pass rusher, but does not give up ground against the run. Has a strong enough base, and enough power in his upper and lower half to hold up and beat double teams consistently. When in the backfield, Williams always seems to finish. Rarely gets displaced in the running game, and shows the ability to shed blockers to make tackles for loss consistently. Technically sound across the board defending the run and the pass, that also possesses great athletic ability to be an every-down player in the NFL.
The tape showed that Williams will take a play or two off throughout a game. Not the type of guy to chase down runs from the backside. Offensive lineman were able to control him at times when they are able to take advantage of his lack of length. Lack of experience and production outside of 2018 may give some teams pause.
Quinnen Williams is a freak.
I know an Aaron Donald comp seems ridiculous, but he really does remind me of Donald at Pitt. pic.twitter.com/FcpT6B3iFH
— Connor Livesay (@ConnorNFLDraft) January 9, 2019
The best player in the 2019 NFL Draft and I don’t think it’s all that close. What Williams does against the run, but also living in the backfield backs his value sky-high. Williams has a wide variety of pass rush moves (swims, rips, clubs) and has shown the ability to get home with all of them. Plays with great balance upon contact, and rarely gets displaced when rushing or playing the run. Plays with good pad level, and leverage, despite not having the ideal length in his arms. Power and explosiveness is his best trait, and he consistently displays how well built he is in his upper and lower half. Was doubled a ton at Alabama and it didn’t affect his ability to wreck football games. Has experience playing any, and all spots along the defensive line and had success at all of them. A true game-wrecker with one of the highest floors and ceilings in the 2019 NFL Draft.