Do they take the best player to many in Nick Bosa, do they take the best quarterback to some in Kyler Murray or do they take the player that could fill the biggest need and also be the best player in the draft in Quinnen Williams?
Williams was a redshirt sophomore on the Alabama Crimson Tide’s National Title runner-up team and the force in the middle of the defense.
After redshirting in 2016, Williams appeared in all 14 games his freshmen year with the Tide. He didn’t see a ton of snaps, but produced a fair amount when he was on the field, finishing with 6.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.
In his redshirt sophomore year he took off, finishing with 18.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks.
Williams offers an unusual size/speed combination, weighing over 300 pounds at the combine, running a 4.83 40.
He is a similar style and build to Carolina Panthers Pro Bowler Kawann Short.
What you love about Williams is his physicality at the point of attack. When he gets his hands on you, its over for opposing offensive linemen.
Good luck blocking Quinnen Williams. Combo of explosiveness, violent hands, wiggle, and motor make him a devastating interior pass rusher. pic.twitter.com/Y8SfLaqHWp— Rob Paul (@RobPaulNFL) March 31, 2019
I can't get enough of Quinnen Williams. Sort of long arms the LG to get him off balance, then bull rushes him the rest of the way towards the QB before discarding him and getting the sack. This is a special player. pic.twitter.com/Dq7jWpOXOe— Ty Wurth (@WurthDraft) November 15, 2018
He combines great hands with good feet and an incredible short area burst and change of direction, which is why he could be special over any other aspect of his game.
Guess who. Quinnen Williams swipes and rips his way past Elgton Jenkins for the insta sack pic.twitter.com/hMM8bAeq5K— Fed Scivittaro (@MeshPointScout) November 10, 2018
What makes Williams special, what makes him unique and what could make him the first defensive linemen taken first overall in two decades, is the combination of hands, feet, and then awareness.
Quinnen Williams. What a player. Immediately swats away the LG's punch and then beats the center with a club-swim for the sack. pic.twitter.com/DwD2sfFLSa— Ty Wurth (@WurthDraft) November 6, 2018
Quinnen Williams bull rushes half a man, shakes off the double-team from the RB, and finishes the sack pic.twitter.com/k5JwIHwuuG— Fed Scivittaro (@MeshPointScout) November 4, 2018
Williams is similar to a number of the defensive tackles the Arizona Cardinals already have in Corey Peters and Darius Philon, but he’s different in one aspect, he’s an every down lineman.
He’s a guy who can play 85-95% of the snaps and give the Cardinals something on every down.
There are concerns. He’s not a guy who plays over 300 pounds, he can get too engaged with his hands at times and ends up just fighting instead of pushing the play. He’ll have to get used to being double teamed more often and how to use leverage and create piles.
However, his ability to win with penetration could put him on the Kawann Short, Gerald McCoy type of spectrum and that would make him a homerun for the Arizona Cardinals.