The Draft is in the books and the dust has settled. But how well did your team do in the first round?
We are taking a look back at every selection in the first round and giving you the lowdown on the pick; Was it a reach? Was it a steal? We’ll tell you and give you the impact for fantasy football….
Player: Quinnen Williams
Drafted by: New York Jets
Analysis: Picking at 3 again this year after trading up last year to get their guy at quarterback. This one a bit easier to select, especially when Kyler and Nick went 1 and 2 overall. Yes the Jets need edge rushers because it has been over a decade since they’ve had one, but in my opinion this is the best player in this draft and the Jets had Williams fall into their laps at number 3. It would have been interesting to see who they would have selected if Quinnen was not there or if they would have even made the pick at all (lots of news around them wanting to trade back to reconcile lost picks from last year).
However, the Alabama defensive end will be a star in the league and will come in from day one and make the defensive line a whole lot bigger, nastier and better. The guy is over 300lbs and still ran a quicker 40 yard dash time than most RBs in this year’s draft class and was the 4th fastest time at the drill for guys over 300lbs. Whilst his other measurables do not jump off the page, his tape does. Learning from previous teammates such as previous first round picks Da’Ron Payne and Jonathan Allen, Williams has 18.5 tackles for a loss in 2018 which includes 7 sacks and a safety. His style of quick feet, great hands and consistency in dominating by getting low and driving through will serve him well in the NFL and will be a cause of nightmares for Tom Brady when they first meet.
To give an even analysis, he may struggle against double teams and as previously stated, his measurables don’t jump off the page so will need to learn a trick or two to be able to withstand NFL calibre lineman. He only has 1 year of production to shout about too, but there is a lot to like about what Williams could be. Hopefully Williams will be able to follow in the footsteps of his previous Alabama teammates on that defensive line. There’s no doubt his over-arm technique, which he has mastered will be the key to getting through and creating pass rush and can play in a zero nose to a 3 tech so if there are Any lines out there with a chink in the armour, Williams is likely gonna find it.
Fantasy Football Impact:
Can’t really attribute fantasy impact to defensive lineman and the Jets have not exactly been a goldmine of fantasy points. That said, IDP leagues, he’ll have some decent weeks and will make some plays and can be a force even in his rookie season. His quickness at reacting and understanding what the paly is will help him get to QBs quicker than the rest of the DT class and that should transfer over in to the NFL both for real life and for fantasy.