With the third pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, the New York Jets selected Quinnen Williams. Williams was labeled the best overall player in the draft throughout the draft process and he fell to the Jets at 3. Williams can do so much on the defensive line and will help the Jets in a big way.
The New York Jets did the right thing on Thursday night and selected Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams. Williams was projected and labeled by several draft analysts throughout the draft process. Quinnen Williams now lines up next to Leonard Williams and will be coached by Gregg Williams. It’s now Williams galore at Florham Park, New Jersey; hopefully for the next few years at least.
Quinnen Williams going to the Jets will help out the entire defense, but none more than the “Big Cat” Williams. Leonard Williams is in the final year on his rookie contract and has been not elite, but consistent. The “Big Cat” has been the only consistent threat on the defensive line for a couple of years now and faced constant double teams from opposing offensive linemen. Big Cat hasn’t put up big sack numbers for the Jets (seven is the most he has recorded, 2016). Although the big sack numbers aren’t there, Williams has posted great numbers in QB pressures. Williams finished with 53 total pressures in 2018, which was the sixth most for interior defenders. Now with Big “Q” joining Leo on the defensive line, Leo’s sack number should skyrocket with his workout buddy next to him.
As for the rest of the defense and how it affects them, Williams will make life easier for the linebackers and secondary. C.J. Mosley, Avery Williamson, and the rest of the Jets backers now don’t have to face double teams because Big Q can and will take on those double teams. Cleaner tackling lanes will help the backers come up and limit opposing teams running games. Also for the secondary, the interior push from Big Q and Big Cat will force quarterbacks to get rid of the ball quicker so the corners won’t have to cover for so long. Jamal Adams and company will appreciate that very much.
Quinnen Williams dominated in his lone year of starting for Alabama in 2018. Williams earned Pro Football Focus the highest grade they ever issued to a college interior defender (96.0) the most pressures (55), and the best-run defense grade (96.5). Stats wise for 2018, Williams recorded 19.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks. He has all the tools to become a superstar in the NFL.
Gregg Williams will lineup the Jets defense in multiple fronts on defense and create different blitz packages for quarterbacks. With that scary interior line of the Williams men, linebackers like Jordan Jenkins and Brandon Copeland can bring the blitz on the edge. My guess is that the Jets will have the best defense in the AFC East this coming season and for many more to come. The Jets now have Tom Brady’s attention with the new look defense.