Grading the NY Jets' last 10 first-round draft picks
By Ryan Shafer
2019, 3rd overall: Quinnen Williams, DT, NY Jets
Picking again at the top of the draft, the Jets selected defensive tackle Quinnen Williams out of Alabama. Another "best-player-available" selection, Williams did not necessarily fill a void on the team. However, the front office felt that his talent was too much to pass on and pulled the trigger on the young defensive stud.
Williams, the first player on the list to survive more than three seasons with the franchise, has been nothing less than spectacular.
Despite some early struggles, Williams has accrued 191 tackles, 27 sacks, and 33 TFLs in his four seasons on the team. His 2022 season was worthy of his Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro selection, even earning defensive player of the year votes.
It is difficult to truly measure a player who plays a non-premium position by stats, however. Williams playing in the interior of the defensive will never get as many tackles as a linebacker, sacks as a defensive end, or splash plays in space like a defensive back.
What he does do though is dominate the line of scrimmage week in and week out and help the entire defense succeed, being a crucial member of one of the league's top defenses last year.
Moving forward, to increase his grade, Williams must be re-signed by the team and follow his dominant 2022 season with more Pro-Bowls and All-Pro nominations. He has the ability to dominate on a great defense for years to come.