There are many unknowns heading into the 2019 NFL Draft on Thursday night, but if there is one thing that many can agree on, it's that Alabama DT Quinnen Williams shouldn't make it out of the Top 3.
Williams is highly regarded as the top interior lineman in this draft, and arguably the best overall defensive player to choose. If the Jets don't trade down, they could have a chance to nab him at No. 3 overall -- granted he makes it passed the Cardinals and 49ers with the first two picks.
While scouts have been drooling over what Williams can do on a football field, there is no need to remind the 21-year-old how he can impact an NFL team next season. Speaking with SNY's Ralph Vacchiano 1-on-1 ahead of the Draft in Nashville, Williams was confident in saying he's the best pass rusher in this year's class.
"Oh very good. I feel like I'm one of the best interior pass rushers here," Williams said. "I feel like I'm the best pass rusher here just because I can pass rush from all positions. A lot of guys only pass rush from outside the tackle, but I can pass rush from outside the tackle, from three-techinque, two-tenchique, zero-nose. Left or right. A lot of guys here just right ends, a lot of guys are just left ends. I can do it all across the board."
Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams would love to have a player like Quinnen in his defense next season. A player with a high motor, brute strength, and great technique like he mentioned before, Williams would immediately make the Jets' pass rush scary which is what GM Mike Maccagnan wants to see.
The Jets have done their homework on Williams all offseason, which includes an official visit to Florham Park. Williams admitted he loved his visit, and loves who the Jets have in place already.
And even with the harsh New York media awaiting him if he gets selected by Gang Green, Williams' always-happy mentality won't change a bit.
"I'm going to be the same smiling Quinnen Williams," he said. "It's not going to change anywhere I go. It's just a blessing playing with those guys, Leonard Williams and Jamal Adams..."
"It was amazing just to see the guys they have up there already, the family aspirations they have up there."
But Williams wouldn't specifically talk about the Jets. He did mention the Cardinals, 49ers, and Raiders during his interview -- teams that are telling. Williams didn't mention, say, the Giants at No. 6 or even the Bucs at No. 5. He knows that he is worthy of one of those top picks, and he can't see himself slipping that far.
He wouldn't say so for sure, though. At the end of the day, Williams honestly doesn't care where he goes. In his words, it's simply "a blessing" that he's here in the first place.
"Regardless who it is, regardless if I go Top 5 [or] last 5 it don't matter," he said.