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Rapoport: Teams Considering Trade Into Top Of NFL Draft For Alabama Star Quinnen Williams

Quinnen Williams of the Alabama Crimson Tide

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 01: Quinnen Williams #92 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after sacking Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs (not pictured) in the first half during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

There's still a full week left until the 2019 NFL Draft and one Alabama superstar is drawing significant interest. Defensive tackle Quinnen Williams is widely considered one of the best prospects in the draft, and is apparently starting to see teams fighting for a chance to draft him.

According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, teams value Williams so highly that they are considering a trade up into the top five or 10 to take him. Specifically, he pointed to the New York Giants, who have the No. 6 overall pick, as a team that likes him enough to try and move up to get him. New York also owns the No. 17 pick.

Williams is not a pass-rushing specialist like Nick Bosa or Josh Allen, but he is a dominating defensive tackle.'s draft analysts consider him the highest-graded prospect in the entire draft.

As a sophomore at Alabama, Williams exploded onto the scene with 71 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, and 8.0 sacks.

It is widely expected that quarterback Kyler Murray will be taken No. 1 overall by the Arizona Cardinals. But if that doesn't happen, Williams will likely be off the board very quickly.

Defensive linemen dominate the draft ranks with Williams, Bosa, and Allen joining Ed Oliver, Montez Sweat, Rashan Gary and Dexter Lawrence as linemen who could go in the top half of the first round.

Last year the New York Jets, Buffalo Bills and Arizona Cardinals all made trade-ups to land quarterbacks.

It's been a long time since an NFL team moved up in the top five of the draft to get a non-offensive player.

Will the Alabama superstar buck the trend?