Much of the focus of the Arizona Cardinals Pre-Draft Conference was about Josh Rosen and whether a quarterback would be taken with their no. 1 overall pick.
When GM Steve Keim was asked about Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams, he had nothing but good things to say about him.
“Dominant defender,” Steve Keim said of Williams. “ I know that his production is more so this year but I mean an interior player that is that dominating at that size has been fun to watch.”
Williams is coming off his first season as a full-time starter where he had 71 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, and eight sacks. Despite Keim acknowledging the negative of Williams with 2018 being his only year of production, the Alabama prospect was dominating to say the least.
For a 6-3 303 pound player, it was shocking to see him run as fast as he did posting a 4.83 second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.
He went on to compare Williams to some of the better defensive tackles in NFL history.
“Kind of reminds me back in days of when I went and watched [Richard] Seymour and [Marcus] Stroud and [John] Henderson and those guys coming out of big dominating presence that can take over games.”
Stroud and Henderson duo formed arguably the best interior defensive line in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars from ‘02-’07. The duo made it impossible for running backs to run up the middle. Seymour was well-known for his time with the New England Patriots, racking 57.5 sacks in his 12-year NFL career.
Maybe one game was more than enough to convince Keim to take Williams.
“You watch the LSU game and it was almost a highlight tape”
There are two things that Keim always points out that are hard to judge: the heart and the mind. Williams has interviewed well with NFL teams. He even ran the 40-yard dash twice, when his agent told him not to. For a player that has that much confidence in his own abilities, he must love football.
NFL Hall of Famer and NFL Networks’ Willie McGinest can support this claim.
So far, Quinnen Williams checks off a lot of the boxes for the Cardinals. The 21-year-old would give the team a young big-bodied athletic presence on the defensive line, a position that still remains an area of need. Even with only one year of great production, he did so in a conference (SEC) against some of the best players college football had to offer.
His heart is with football and he seems like a player that really loves the game.
With NFL Networks’ Ian Rapoport reporting that it is unlikely for Williams to make it to the Jets at three, either the Cardinals or 49ers will take him.
What are your thoughts about Williams? Who will the Cardinals take with the no. 1 overall pick?