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I was looking at some games of Deionte Thompson and Raekwon Davis, and then this guy started to flash like crazy. #92 gets in the backfield quite a bit, just look for yourself. He’s quick off the snap & uses his hands to avoid contact. A few plays he gets held in check, but his explosive plays make up for that. 

 

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21 hours ago, CrimsonFalcon said:

I've always liked Raekwon over Quiennen, but Williams has really grown on me the last couple of weeks. I'd like to see more sacks from him, but DTs are not known for sacks unless you're name is Warren Sapp.

Yeah Raekwon stuck out a lot to me the first couple weeks, but Quinnen has strung together a few incredible games. He’s been getting in the backfield a ton. He’s very disruptive 

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I don't think we have a problem with talent at the DT position, I think we have a problem with depth. If you look at our base (4-3 under), you've got Grady and Senat, which looks like a great tandem you can play together for the foreseeable future. In nickel, you can rotate Crawford in who looks like a different player this year.

McClain and Shelby are probably gone after this year, so we probably just need a couple of rotational pieces. For that reason, I'd put more priority on an edge guy, either someone who can put pressure on Beasley or someone who can play the 4/5 tech in base and slide inside in nickel. Either of those would have a bigger impact on this team and play far more snaps.

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1 hour ago, Smiler11 said:

I don't think we have a problem with talent at the DT position, I think we have a problem with depth. If you look at our base (4-3 under), you've got Grady and Senat, which looks like a great tandem you can play together for the foreseeable future. In nickel, you can rotate Crawford in who looks like a different player this year.

McClain and Shelby are probably gone after this year, so we probably just need a couple of rotational pieces. For that reason, I'd put more priority on an edge guy, either someone who can put pressure on Beasley or someone who can play the 4/5 tech in base and slide inside in nickel. Either of those would have a bigger impact on this team and play far more snaps.

The Falcons don't have a talent problem at DT, but they don't have a talent glut, either. The top 15 of the draft is where you hope to select a player who will make 3-4 Pro Bowls. I think it is pretty safe to say Jarrett and Senat won't make 3-4 Pro Bowls. 

If some DT in this draft is going to be the next Fletcher Cox, you pick him. There's no guarantee any other player will make 3-4 Pro Bowls. Look at Cox's draft. The players picked after him were Michael Floyd, Michael Brockers, Quinton Coples, Dre Kirkpatrick, Melvin Ingram, Shea McClellin, and Kendall Wright. Every NFL fan would pick Cox over all those players no matter the team situation because talent is most important. 

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13 minutes ago, Summerhill said:

The Falcons don't have a talent problem at DT, but they don't have a talent glut, either. The top 15 of the draft is where you hope to select a player who will make 3-4 Pro Bowls. I think it is pretty safe to say Jarrett and Senat won't make 3-4 Pro Bowls. 

If some DT in this draft is going to be the next Fletcher Cox, you pick him. There's no guarantee any other player will make 3-4 Pro Bowls. Look at Cox's draft. The players picked after him were Michael Floyd, Michael Brockers, Quinton Coples, Dre Kirkpatrick, Melvin Ingram, Shea McClellin, and Kendall Wright. Every NFL fan would pick Cox over all those players no matter the team situation because talent is most important. 

I think Grady absolutely could make 3-4 pro bowls, but even if he doesn't the law averages tell you that our chances of drafting a DT better than Grady are pretty slim. If you look at the last 3 drafts it's hard to name one better than Grady... Chris Jones maybe and he was a 2nd round pick.

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10/20/18: Source from multiple teams, including two general managers, tell us that they are projecting Williams to be a high first-round pick if he stays consistent with his performance thus far and enters the 2019 NFL Draft. Sources say they are hearing at Alabama that the redshirt sophomore Williams plans on filing paperwork with the NFL Draft Advisory Board for the 2019 NFL Draft. If Williams hears a high first-round projection, he could easily enter the 2019 NFL Draft, and that is what many NFL evaluators think is likely.

In 2018, Williams has 29 tackles with 7.5 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks and one pass batted. He has caused more disruption than the numbers indicate.

Williams has broken out for Alabama this year. Raekwon Davis and Isaiah Buggs garnered more preseason hype, but Williams has been the most consistent play-maker and disruptor on the Crimson Tide's defensive line. Williams is very fast at the point of attack with the ability to fire a gap and cause havoc in the backfield. The redshirt sophomore also has natural strength that is illustrated with a potent bull rush and the power to toss blockers to the side. If those measurements are legit, he could be a good fit as a three-technique in a 4-3 defense or as a five-technique in a 3-4.

 

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