2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Alabama iDL Quinnen Williams

Height: 6-4

Weight: 295

College: Alabama

Class: Redshirt sophomore

Games watched (7): Texas A&M, Ole Miss, LSU, Georgia, Arkansas, Missouri (2018); Georgia (2017)

2018 statistics: 66 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 8 sacks (13 games)


BALL GET-OFF 18/20

  • Good first-step quickness
  • Excellent snap count anticipation

RUN DEFENSE 20/20

  • 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, long arm moves

TECHNIQUE 15/15

  • 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

RECOGNITION 10/10

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

SIZE/PHYSICAL TRAITS 5/5

  • Size/strength/athleticism combo make him a potential fit for any interior defensive line position
  • May lack ideal arm length to play 5-technique

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

PURSUIT/CLOSING SPEED 4/5

  • Solid 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

FLEXIBILITY 4/5

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

RED FLAGS (0)

  • No known durability or character red flags

FINAL GRADE: 95.00/100.00 – TOP 5 – generational talent; once-in-a-decade type of player

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

DRAFT PROJECTION: Top-5 pick

NFL COMPARISON: Ndamukong Suh

“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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