DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama**

6’3” – 303 lbs. – 4.83
Arrived weighing 285 pounds and after redshirting, rotated into the defense, recording 20-6.5-2.0. Broke out this past year, posting 71-19.5-8.0 with twelve hurries, then decided to declare for the draft. Tall, well-built defensive lineman who often played nose tackle on Alabama’s line regardless of whether they were using three or four down linemen; has a little bit of a different build than your typical nose, so some teams may view him as more of a five-technique on an odd line. Very capable run defender who physically overwhelms opponents and executes Nick Saban’s two-gap, read-and-react defensive fronts effectively. Has good functional strength to anchor when run at, but can also attack blockers with his bull rush and use brute force to reset the line. Does a good job of extending his arms to lock out opposing linemen. Disciplined player who can keep his head up, read keys, and flow toward the ball, with heavy hands to shed blockers at the appropriate time in order to make tackles; good awareness and technique, especially considering that he’s only a redshirt sophomore with essentially one year of starting experience. Has the length and strong grip to bring down ballcarriers while engaged, with a wide radius. Not quite the explosive athlete that his eye-popping production would indicate, but comes out of his stance low, which is important given his height. More sudden once he gets going, with active hands and the strength to create pressure on the inside. Works an overhand swim move into his game and flashes the ability to squeeze through double teams and get into the backfield; frequency with which he found a lane to the quarterback was especially surprising considering that he frequently drew double-teams from opposing lines. Can walk back interior linemen with his bull-rush when left one-on-one, preventing quarterbacks from stepping into throws. Able to get depth on his rushes and spin back to the passer. Impressive fluidity when pursuing quarterbacks. Currently projected to be one of the top prospects off the board, and for good reason: has pro-ready size and strength, and comes ready to control blockers in the run game and create pressure on the inside in the passing game; projects as a potential every-down nose tackle, a rarity at the pro level. Consistently puts himself in position to make plays and looked unstoppable at times even against regular double-teams. Lacks the eye-popping first step of fellow top prospect Ed Oliver but might be a more well-rounded prospect overall.

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