In his latest mock draft, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. has the Jets selecting Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams at No. 3 overall.
“The Jets have several needs on both sides of the ball, and they don't have their extremely valuable second-round pick (No. 34) in this draft as a result of the Sam Darnold trade up last year,” Kiper wrote. “I wouldn't be surprised to see quarterback-needy teams try to trade up to this spot, which would help GM Mike Maccagnan get back some of the capital he lost in 2018. If the Jets stay at No. 3, Williams, a 3-technique penetrator with a high motor and advanced pass-rushing skills, would be a tremendous pick.”
Williams started his career in Tuscaloosa by redshirting his freshman year in 2016 before evolving to the Crimson Tide’s starting nose guard this past season. The 6'4", 295-pounder totaled 71 tackles, 19.5 for loss and eight sacks in 15 games in addition to earning first team All-American honors in 2018. For his career, the Birmingham, AL native compiled 91 tackles, 26 for loss and 10 sacks.
Williams won the Outland Trophy winner, presented to the nation’s top interior offensive or defensive lineman in addition to being a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Bednarik Award, both of which are presented to the nation’s top defensive player.