Once the national championship game was over, Quinnen Williams and other players around the country had a tough decision to make. While the star defensive lineman didn’t want to finish his collegiate career with a loss to Clemson, it’s hard for him to pass up on the opportunity of a lifetime.
After putting together two impressive seasons with Alabama, Williams is ready for the NFL.
The redshirt sophomore finished the year with 19.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks. His overall skillset and physical intangibles should help him translate well at the next level.
It’s hard to find a legitimate pass rusher that can cause chaos from the interior of a defensive line, but Williams fits that mold.
There isn’t much left for Williams to prove at Tuscaloosa, which makes his decision to forego his remaining eligibility very understandable.
Not only will he finish his career with a national title, but he also won the Outland Trophy for best interior lineman in college football.
Even though the consensus around the country was that Williams would leave for the draft, it wasn’t official until now.
Quinnen Williams makes it official that he’s turning pro. Just a remarkable player who burst onto the scene this season to become the most dominant defensive player in CFB. “I believe it’s time for me to take the next step in my football career and declare for the draft."
— Alex Scarborough (@AlexS_ESPN) January 11, 2019
Williams is widely considered as a top five pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, and it could be argued that he’s one of the best prospects in recent years. Teams should have interest in his versatility and utter dominance, which isn’t seen by many 21-year-old athletes.
Congratulations to Williams on an excellent career at Alabama.