This is the second in an ongoing series on 2019 NFL Draft prospects by Chris Reed. He will evaluate projected first-round picks and their fit for the Raiders. Today, we look at Alabama’s talented Quinnen Williams.
Name: Quinnen Williams
Position: Interior Defensive Line
Pros: Possesses exceptional power, Not only forces but defeats double teams, has violent hands that constantly knock linemen back, almost impossible to “reach” block, has multiple pass rush moves including an effective “arm over,” doesn’t get moved at the point of attack.
Cons: Can stagnate if his first move is stifled, needs to develop counter moves, only one year of college starting experience, could use his reach better and let blockers get to his chest at times.
Why he would fit the Raiders: Williams is a guy who will fit into any defensive system. His strength at the point of attack is exceptional and he will not get moved in run defense. Having a guy who will clog up running lanes would go a long way to improve their 30th ranked rush defense from last season.
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What sets Williams apart from the typical 1-technique “run stuffer,” and makes him a special player, is his ability to get to the quarterback. The offensive line will be forced to double team Quinnen which will give the other defensive linemen one on one match-ups. This will open up rush lanes for last seasons draft picks in defensive tackles Mo Hurst and PJ Hall. It will also create room for the twists and stunts defensive coordinator Paul Guenther likes to employ. Being double teamed also didn’t stop Williams from getting home himself as this play shows.
He recorded 10 sacks over his 24-game career with eight of them coming last season – his first as a starter. Overall he made 91 tackles with 26 of them being for a loss. Williams is the prototype size of the new NFL interior defensive lineman measuring 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds which will height/weight requirements of general manager Mike Mayock and head coach Jon Gruden.
Why he wouldn’t fit the Raiders: Williams may be gone by the time the Raiders pick fourth overall. They may not want to give up extra draft capital to move up and select a player after drafting two other interior defensive linemen last season.
The Raiders also have a glaring need at the EDGE position and could be looking to the draft if they are unable to secure one in free agency. They may also find themselves in position to draft one of their highest rated EDGE prospects and feel it is an opportunity they cannot pass up.