Williams is the only Jets player in the top-10 of Pro Bowl voting, and he deserves to be there based on his excellent play so far.
The former Alabama Crimson Tide standout was drafted third overall in 2019 and has started in every game for the Jets in 2021.
In his third year in New York, Williams has played 62 percent of defensive snaps and recorded six sacks, 40 combined tackles, 12 quarterback hits, and two passes defended.
After this season, Williams will be eligible for a contract extension — if the Jets pick up his fifth-year option (which they will), the defensive lineman will be under contract through 2023.
Given Williams' consistent performances over the last two years, there's a good chance New York will opt to keep him around.
NY Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams is tantalizingly close to his first Pro Bowl nod
Some believed Williams was snubbed of his first Pro Bowl nod after his breakout sophomore campaign, but regardless, Williams has come back even stronger in 2021.
Williams is now tied for fourth in the league in sacks with Aaron Donald and Jonathan Allen and also holds an above-average missed tackle percentage of 4.8. He has the highest sack rate among all interior defensive linemen in football.
He faces staunch Pro Bowl competition in Chris Jones, DeForest Buckner, and Jeffery Simmons, all of whom play in the AFC.
As a Jets player, too, Williams naturally doesn't receive the same kind of national recognition as others do, and he'll be fighting an uphill battle to get his first Pro Bowl nomination.
2021 has been Williams' healthiest and most productive season so far, and this year may be his best chance to be nominated.
One can hope Williams continues playing at an elite level for the rest of his Jets' career, and awards only mean so much. Still, Williams wants (and deserves) that coveted award more than ever.