Like all of Saban’s recruits, Quinnen Williams had plenty of ability when he arrived in Tuscaloosa from Wenonah School in Birmingham. Still, as a “mere” four star, he was somewhat overshadowed by bigger names. I remember well commenting about my own treatment of Quinnen as an afterthought to Raekwon Davis in the 2016 recruiting class.
Boy, was that a mistake.
Coined the “300 lb. bar of soap” by Jonah Williams this past season, Quinnen has used his “lower” rating as fuel to develop into a complete package. Quite simply, there is nothing the man doesn’t do well. He has an outstanding first step, tons of power, and uses his hands masterfully to manipulate offensive linemen. His eight sacks from the nose in a two-gap scheme are basically unheard of, underscoring his ability to push the pocket and then catch the QB before he escapes.
If there is an area that Quinnen can improve, it’s conditioning. He goes so hard all the time that he sometimes gets winded. That is certainly something that he can overcome though, and with his drive I wouldn’t count against him. With the Jets, he will be the centerpiece of the defensive front for new head coach Adam Gase and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, with the opportunity to chase Tom Brady twice a year.
Congratulations, Quinnen, and Roll Tide!