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Alabama DL Quinnen Williams baffles NFL scouts with blazing 40-time

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For Grammy award-winning rap artist, Dwayne “Wayne” Michael Carter Jr., one of the best things he’s done — aside from his musical career and being a father to his children– was signing former Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams to his Young Money sports label.  

The man who was given the nickname “300-pound wet bar of soap,” made Carter look like a genius as he baffled NFL scouts with his speed and performance in Combine workouts on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. Williams was already projected a top-five selection for the upcoming draft, but now he has put himself at possibly being the No. 1 pick. 

After weighing in at 6-foot-3 and 303 pounds, the Birmingham native dropped an official 40-time of 4.83 seconds – which placed him sixth among defensive linemen in this class. 

To add more impressive information, Williams’ time was the fourth fastest by any 300-pound player since 2013.

He joins the company of Terron Armstead (2013), Lane Johnson (2013) and Jaye Howard (2012).

The former four-star’s blazing number was even higher than those of J.J. Watt (Houston Texans), Geno Atkins (Cincinnati Bengals) and Da’Ron Payne (Washington Redskins).

His 10-yard split was incredible also, as his time of 1.69 seconds showed how quickly he can explode and affect plays upon the snap of the football. 

According to NFL’s Next Generation stats, Williams’ performance graded him with an “Elite” combine score of 93 and production score of 99. His draft score came out at 96 overall and his college production score was the highest of defensive linemen in the class at 99.  

Williams needed just one year under Nick Saban to prove he was ready for the NFL. 

He finished fourth in total tackles (71) in 2018 for Alabama, while leading the program in both tackles for loss (19.5) and quarterback pressures (12). Williams turned in eight sacks and earned unanimous All-American honors. He was also awarded the Outland Trophy, which is presented to college football’s top interior lineman for either offense or defense.  

He made reporters smile in discussing his love for Oreo’s during interviews; nevertheless, his workout will get him more than an endorsement from Nabisco.

When it comes to the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, all five teams have tough decisions to make. With Williams putting down this type of effort, it comes down to which one chooses to promote its defense for years to come.  

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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