Alabama Crimson Tide defensive tackle Quinnen Williams

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2019 NFL Draft: Scouting report for DT Quinnen Williams

April 15, 2019 - 9:40 am




Quinnen Williams-#92

University of Alabama Crimson Tide


Agility Tests...4.83 in the 40-yard dash…1.69 10-yard dash…2.80 20-yard dash…30 1/2-inch vertical jump…9'-04" broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 28 times…33 1/4-inch arm length…9 5/8-inch hands…80 1/4-inch wingspan. Note-Bench press was from August, 2018 drills. Williams did not lift at the NFL Scouting Combine due to finger surgery.

College Career...Williams appeared in 29 games for the Tide, as he served as a key reserve at weak-side defensive end and tackle in 2017 before taking over nose guard duties last season. He compiled 90 tackles (55 solos) that included nine sacks for minus 63 yards, 25.0 stops for losses of 102 yards and fifteen quarterback pressures. He also recorded a safety and deflected one pass.

Background...Williams attended Wenonah High School in Birmingham, Alabama, where he was one of the top players in the state and named the top defensive linemen in the nation. A unanimous four-star recruit by all major recruiting sites, the Prep Star All-American originally committed to Auburn University to play college football but decided to enroll at Alabama instead.

Williams' mother, Marquischa, passed away in 2010 from breast cancer and he dedicated his career to her memory. As a true freshman, he red-shirted and was mentored by upperclassmen Johnathan Allen and Da'Ron Payne. In fact, scouts often compare Williams' style of play to a combination of those two current Washington Redskins stars.

Quinnen is not the only member of his family entered into the 2019 draft. Brother, Quincy II., is a linebacker who earned All-Missouri Valley Conference honors last year at Murray State. In 43 games, Quincy has delivered 231 tackles, including 111 last campaign. 9.5 of his eighteen tackles-for-loss came during the 2018 season.

Williams appeared in all fourteen games for Alabama in 2017, as the key reserve registered twenty tackles with a pair of sacks, two quarterback pressures and 6.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage.

The 2018 season saw the unanimous All-American seize Outland Trophy honors. Starting every game at nose guard, he made 70 tackles (44 solos) with seven sacks for minus 53 yards, 18.5 stops for losses of 84 yards and twelve pressures. His 18.5 stops ranked second in the Southeastern Conference in 2018 and rank ninth on the school's season-record list.

Against the run, Williams appeared in 295 snaps, posting 59 tackles (51 solos) and missing on just two attempts. During 33 pass plays, he recorded or shared sacking the quarterback ten times and had 45 hits on the opposing passer. He also recorded a safety and deflected one pass. Despite two years of remaining eligibility, Williams declared for the 2019 draft.

The Scouting Report

Athletic Ability... Williams has a solid build, not overly muscled and has some more room for additional growth. His frame is ideal for five-tech defensive end duties, but his frame might not be able to maintain his overall quickness if he has to “put on the pounds” in order to remain at nose guard (best at the three-tech or five-tech role) at the next level. As an interior lineman, he looks lighter than ideal to be a two-gap tackle, but he has good upper body thickness, a solid lower frame, firm midsection, good bubble, thick chest, good arm length (33 1/4-inch length) and minimal body fat. He gives 110% effort on every play and shows urgency closing once he locates it. He also shows the desire to dominate and plays until the whistle.

Williams has very good speed for a down lineman and shows the quick feet, balance and initial burst to surprise a lethargic blocker. With his frame and low center of gravity, it is hard for blockers to root him out, especially when he keeps his hands active. He shows good flexibility changing direction to make plays down the line and a good closing burst to seal the deal on the backfield opponent. He has above average acceleration off the snap and shows the flexibility and knee bend to consistently gain leverage. He moves with good balance and coordination, flashing enough burst to be disruptive at times. One of his best assets is his quick feet and he also has the functional speed to make plays in long pursuit.

Pursuit Skills... This is one of his better assets, as Williams has the ability to shock an offensive lineman with his sudden explosion off the snap. He is a quick twitch player who can get an edge at the snap, especially with his low center of gravity and good pad level. He is just as quicker taking a loop around the edge or attacking the pocket when shooting the gaps. He has enough snap quickness to disrupt the pocket and when he stays low in his pads, Williams shows the burst to get advantage on a blocker. He has the ability to sink his hips and maintain good pad level and that actually helps him at times when playing on the outside, as he can escape a lethargic lineman with a quick swim move and get pressure on the quarterback.

Williams has good explosion off the line of scrimmage to cause trouble in the backfield, but can be inconsistent. He flashes good quickness working on the edge and battling in-line, he has more than enough strength to win the battle at the point of attack. Offensive tackles generally have their work cut out for them, as Williams can be sudden and explosive when he stays low in his pads.

Strength at the Point of Attack…When Williams keeps his knees and hips bent in the proper athletic position, he does a good job of maintaining hand control, combining all to stack blocks and split double teams. He has very good lateral agility, but there is slight stiffness when he narrows his base, causing him to lose his balance, some, making him ineffective working down the line. He has outstanding hand strength to hold his ground. When he fires off the snap low, he can torque and shed at the point of attack and make plays vs. the run. His explosion and leg drive lets him squeeze through tight spaces. He will generally play on his feet and is quick to cross the face of the blocker. His size poses problems when he gets high in his stance, as blockers can get their hands on him. Once the offensive guard locks on, Williams is prone to getting himself pulled and jerked, if he fails to keep his hands inside his framework.

At his primary position (three-tech), he has the strength to control his side of the football, can hold ground at the point of attack and clog rush lanes. He shows good ability to stymie double teams, showing the strength to anchor. When he gets too high in his stance, he will yield ground, though. He will generally play with leverage and when he recovers off blocks, he can be very disruptive.

Hand Usage... Williams has quick hands with a very strong punch. He uses his hands well to fend off blocks, but he will tend to “short arm” and let blockers into his chest, at times. He has a great club move, but he needs to be more conscious of avoiding reach blocks, as he will struggle to shed when engulfed. He has more than enough upper body power, burst and if he maintains proper hand usage, he can keep blockers off his chest, but he needs to do a better job of protecting his legs from low blocks. He does not look natural combating cut blocks, as he is a little late to engage when that happens. While he has good hand strength, he sometimes fails to recoil and reset quickly, causing him to get tied up too long. He is best when using his hands to contain rather than shed.  His best hand move is his swim move to slip past blocks on the pass rush.

Tackling Ability... Williams is a strong tackler who delivers a punishing blow and shows power making the wrap-up tackle. When he hits a ball carrier or quarterback, he does it with force and you can hear the impact. He Williams is strong when locking up the quarterback and few backfield types have the ability to bounce off his tackles. He has enough force behind his hits to punish the runner, but he tends to reach and grab more when having to make tackles outside of the backfield. He uses good leverage to make plays at the point of attack and shows good urgency to collide with ball carriers. He works hard to get to the ball playing in close quarters and while there are times you see some leakage when working in space, he showed marked improvement using his arms effectively to lock up more often in 2018 (just two missed tackles), as he has above average strength to do the job as a run tackler.

Run Defense... This is an area that I feel will see him move to five- or three-tech end at the next level. Even though there are times where Williams plays at a high pad level, he knows how to use his strength effectively to push the blockers back through the rush lanes. He has the short area burst to string plays wide. When he stays at a good pad level, it makes it very difficult for defenders to move him off his anchor. He seems to have the required split-second recognition of the running play, as he seems locate the ball carrier in a crowd, doing a great job when he can close on the runner from the edge or in the backfield (see Arkansas, Missouri, Louisiana State, Georgia games).

Because of his flexibility, he is much more productive when he can play at a low pad level and low center of gravity, Williams is quite effective getting under the pads of a blocker to jerk, pull down and control. He is combative with his hands to keep blockers at bay and shed blocks. He is not really effective in long pursuit, as he lacks great sideline awareness (does have the range, though). He shows a strong anchor to hold his ground and is tough to root out, especially when he fires out low through the gaps. He flashes the ability to jolt the offensive guard with his quick burst off the snap. He has the agility to shed and make tackles in the backfield, but must react quicker to recognize the play developing. Even though he lacks bulk for the one-tech, he has the strength to hold his position and his low center of gravity makes it hard for the centers and guards to push him off the ball.

Pass Rush Ability...Williams is best attacking the pocket from the B-gaps rather than coming off the edge. He shows good snap reaction and is used often on stunts and twists, where he is quite effective thanks to his leg drive, strong hand punch and explosive short area burst. His increased bulk and improved strength allowed him to be more effective working in-line in 2018. On the times when he tends to play up high, he can get washed out of the play (susceptible to low blocks). When he tries to break into the back-field, he can get enough push to be disruptive when utilized more attacking the gaps than looping from the edge. He also seems to have increased his array of pass rush moves, and no longer has to rely on just his club move for success.

Williams has the needed explosiveness to flush out and get to the quarterback attacking from over the head of the center, but he also does a great job penetrating through the inside gaps. He is effective on twists and games, demonstrating the sharp lateral moves to be consistent here, but must maintain a low pad level and be conscious of low blocks when working in a crowd. He generates enough burst through a lane to create a lot of his hurries there. He has a good burst to close and can accelerate quickly in the backfield, simply exploding past a stationary blocker.

Compares To...Grady Jarrett-Atlanta Falcons...Scouts do see similarities to Williams' former teammates, Da'Ron Payne and Jonathan Allen, but while a few inches bigger than Jarrett, Williams has that same explosive first step that leaves stationary blockers observing the carnage he creates in the opposing backfield. Williams is very athletic, using his size and speed to close down the backside with the strength to control. He can explode off the edge and get into backfield to push the pocket and plays with good leverage, or stack and shed in an instant vs. multiple interior blockers. He has the ability to locate the ball once he gets free from his initial blocker.