2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Alabama iDL Quinnen Williams



COLLEGE: Alabama

CLASS: Redshirt Sophomore

2018 STATS: 67 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, 1 pass defended (14 games)

CAREER STATS: 87 tackles, 24.5 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, 1 pass defended (23 games)

GAMES WATCHED (10): Texas A&M, Ole Miss, LSU, Georgia, Arkansas, Missouri, Louisville, Auburn, Clemson (2018); Georgia (2017)

4.83 30 1/2″ 112″

BALL GET-OFF (18/20)

  • Very good first-step quickness from a staggered stance; oftentimes played from a square stance that limited his explosiveness a little bit
  • Excellent snap count anticipation


  • Adept at stacking and shedding blocks
  • Holds up very well against double teams
  • Good, wrap-up tackler in space or in traffic

POWER (15/15)

  • Immovable force against the run
  • Powerful lower body and balance allow him to anchor against the run/hold up against double teams
  • Violent hands with serious knockback power
  • Devastating power rusher with bull-rush, forklift moves


  • Elite hand usage — always has a rush plan; wins vast majority of 1-on-1 reps; doesn’t stay blocked unless double or triple teamed; full menu of pass rush moves/counters: club/swim, club/rip, swipe/rip, dip-and-rip, bull rush, long arm, cross-chop, spin
  • Leverage — fires off the snap with low pad level on a consistent basis
  • Good hand placement/arm extension allows him to control blockers and consistently shed blocks vs. run


  • Reads and reacts VERY quickly; stays home on play fakes
  • Disciplined defender that maintains run fits


  • Size/strength/athleticism combo make him a potential fit for any interior defensive line position
  • Solid arm length at 33 1/4″

MOTOR (4/5)

  • Generally showcases good effort in backside pursuit
  • Tenacious pass rusher
  • Effort could be slightly better at times when chasing down plays that break the pocket


  • Good closing speed/playmaking range to finish plays in the backfield or make tackles as a pursuit defender
  • Fluid athlete for size with solid change-of-direction ability


  • Good ankle/shoulder flexion
  • Has won multiple reps vs. guards and centers with dip-and-rip move

OVERALL GRADE: 95.00/100.00 — ELITE — Perennial Pro Bowler with All-Pro potential

NFL COMPARISON: Ndamukong Suh/Gerald McCoy hybrid

SCHEME FIT: 3-technique is ideal; can play 1, 2i or 5


“Quinnen Williams is the best defensive tackle prospect I’ve studied since Aaron Donald. He is an elite-level run defender and pass rusher who wins with overwhelming power, flawless technique and surprising quickness. Williams is an absolute game-wrecker who demands double teams on almost every snap. His rare combination of technique, power and athleticism gives him an All-Pro ceiling.” – Dan Wussow

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