Even though the NFL Draft is a time for prospects to celebrate, new Jets defensive lineman Quinnen Williams was all smiles as he couldn’t shy away from talking ball.
“Dominant, fast, speed, furious, ready to go,” Williams told newyorkjets.com’s Eric Allen when asked how to describe his game. “Ready to get out there and ready to get sacks. I’m a dominant force up front.”
The 21-year-old had said he’s thought about becoming an NFL player since he was 6 years old and the Alabama product couldn’t put his feelings into words. However, he did express his desire to get to work.
Williams’ mother, Marquischa Henderson Williams, was and still is his driving force as she passed away when he was 12. While she wasn’t around to share this moment with Williams, he knows what her message would be.
“She would congratulate me, she would just me very happy for me because she’d get to see me live my dream to become an NFL football player,” he said. “She’d make sure to tell me this is just the beginning, you have to prove yourself, make sure you work hard and do the things you did at Alabama. These are things I already know.”
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In two seasons with the Crimson Tide, the 6’3”, 303-pounder recorded 91 tackles, 26 for loss and 10 sacks. In his two hours or so of being a member of the Green & White, Williams is ready to prove his worth as the No. 3 overall selection.
“This is a great feeling, I’m enjoying it, but I just want to let Jets fans know and the team know that I’m coming in to work my butt off,” he said, “be another asset and be another contributor to the team to help win football games.”
Williams said he enjoyed his visit to the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center last week and has an understanding from defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and D-line coach Andre Carter how they’ll use him. But Quinnen believes his versatility separates him from some of the other prospects in this year’s class.
“I can play anywhere up front,” he said. “Wherever they need me to play, I’ll be a dominant player up front and an elite player at whatever position they line me up at, whatever position they want me to play.”
Williams fills out the middle of the Jets defense that already features Leonard Williams, whom Quinnen trained with in LA, C.J. Mosley, who Williams met at Alabama, and Avery Williamson and Jamal Adams, who both took to Twitter to share their excitement about their newest teammate.
“Just knowing that there are guys that believe in my play and believe I’m going to come in and be another tool, another asset and help the team win football games, be another dominant player up front is an amazing feeling,” Williams said. “I have to back it up when I get there. I have to come in and be that No. 1 pick.”