New York Jets top draft pick Quinnen Williams is already impressing his teammates with his willingness to learn from their experience and wisdom.
When you’re as talented as New York Jets rookie defensive lineman Quinnen Williams, it might be easy to roll into your first NFL locker room with a big ego.
So far, Williams is showing the exact opposite, impressing his teammates with his willingness to sit back and listen, soaking up their expertise from years of experience in the league.
Veteran defensive lineman Leonard Williams, once a top-10 draft pick himself, is loving the humility and drive to improve he’s seeing from his new teammate in training camp (via team senior reporter Eric Allen):
He’s asking questions, he’s asking leaders what he should be doing and how he should take care of his body and what he should do on the field. He’s doing his rookie dues and carrying pads. He doesn’t have a problem with anything. You tell him to do something and he tries to get better at it.
Williams was just a one-year starter at Alabama, but that’s all the time he needed to establish himself as one of the most dominant defenders in all of college football. Despite being widely regarded as the best overall prospect in the 2019 NFL draft, Williams still fell to the Jets at No. 3 overall, where they gladly scooped him up.
The former Crimson Tide star joins a battle-tested unit in New York that features successful veterans like Leonard Williams, Henry Anderson and Steve McClendon. He also should benefit from new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who runs an aggressive scheme built to take advantage of versatile talents like Quinnen.
With the combination of Williams’ talent and his willingness to learn from the more experienced players and coaches around him, he could quickly become one of the league’s top interior defenders despite his lack of starting experience at the college level.