Quinnen Williams
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The New York Jets and New York Giants have reportedly set up meetings with NFL Draft prospect and Alabama DL Quinnen Williams.

Numerous elite players in this year’s NFL Draft class just so happen to be coming out of the University of Alabama. Wow, shocker there.

With four guys from Bama going in the first round of the 2018 draft, it’s safe to say the Crimson Tide produces a great amount of NFL-ready talent.

Crimson Tide defensive lineman Quinnen Williams has proved himself as one of the top prospects in this year’s draft. Having racked up 71 total tackles and eight sacks for Bama in 2018, Williams should go very early in the first round. He may even find himself among the top three selections.

Good news for both the New York Giants and New York Jets; they both have early picks in the first round (No. 6 and No. 3, respectively). The Giants also have the No. 17 overall pick due to the trade of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns. Williams won’t be available around that pick so don’t even worry about that.

Ultimately, both the Giants and Jets could pursue Williams and have started the process of doing so. According to a report from NFL Analyst Kimberly Jones, both Big Blue and Gang Green have set up meetings with the Crimson Tide prospect. It’s convenient for Williams; both meetings are on back-to-back days later this month.

The Giants’ best bet would be to snag Williams with the No. 6 pick. This would, therefore, mean holding off on drafting a quarterback until their 17th pick. And who’s to say they even take a quarterback in the first round? Big Blue does need help on the defensive line. Their defense conjured up only 30 sacks in 2018, which was tied for 30th in the NFL.

On the other hand, the Jets seem very likely to take a jab at getting the First-Team All-SEC pass-rusher on draft day. With the No. 3 selection, the Jets most likely will look to bolster the defensive side of the ball.

They’ve made multiple moves to the offense in the past few offseasons. This includes drafting QB Sam Darnold in the 2018 draft along with signing Pro Bowl running back LeVeon Bell in March. Therefore, the Jets seem to be in great position to add great depth to their pass-rush, which finished T-16th in the NFL last year with 39 sacks.

Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.