There’s no doubt Quinnen Williams is a special athlete at nose tackle, there’s just some things he does that 300 lb prospects shouldn’t do. He has the athleticism, but his hands and feet make him elite. Describing Williams hand usage as violent probably wouldn’t even do him justice. He will punch centers and guards in the mouth on first contact. His burst off the line into just a nasty punch can completely reset the offensive line.
Williams makes things look easy for a 303-pound player and he does so with his quick feet that never stop. Williams generally never wastes a step out of his stance. Everything looks calculated for Williams inside the trenches.
The best and only way to describe Williams is “dominant.” Let’s say it again, Williams was the most dominant player in all of college football last season. He was the definition of a game wrecker for the Crimson Tide. Double teams, triple teams, tight ends, fullbacks and big rigs couldn’t stop Williams last season. Pro Football Focus gave Williams the highest single season grade they’ve ever given an interior defensive linemen (96.0). Williams placed first in pass rush productivity and run-stop percentage for interior defensive linemen on the Pro Football Focus scale.
Williams took home a truckload of accolades last year.
The more we find out about Williams the more we see he’s much more than just a powerhouse bulldog in the middle. Williams has the playstyle of a pitbull, but is more cerebral than people give him credit. Williams always has a smile on his face and brings a ton of energy to the field with each snap. Williams looks like an elite prospect on and off the field.
Williams wit comes into play between the line. His approach to each play is impressive for a player with his limited experience. Williams has several pass rush moves that he confuses opposing offensive linemen with. He’ll use double swim moves, spins and his aforementioned hands to get to the quarterback.
One of Williams biggest knock is his limited sample size. He only had one full season of dominance at Alabama, and before 2018 he was a backup defensive end. Williams burst onto the scene in 2018, but people are wondering if his success is sustainable?
My question is, has he even reached his peak yet?
You may be able to poke some holes in Williams' experience, but what will happen when he gets more? He’s 21, and has been trying his best to gain healthy weight. Once he gets into a pro workout system his body could fully develop into something scary.
With more experience Williams ability to translate his speed to power will get better, his hands will get cleaner and his creative approach will get smarter. Yes, the NFL’s old guard will question his experiance, but could he just be getting started? Williams isn’t only the most talented player in the draft class he also has the most upside.