Quinnen Williams, DT
File this one under too good to be true. A rumor is suggesting that the New York Jets probably couldn’t turn down a second-round selection in exchange for 22-year old defensive tackle Quinnen Williams. The Alabama star defensive lineman was just selected third overall by the Jets in 2019.
If Williams is actually on the trade block and can be had for a Day Two pick, the question has to be why? He certainly struggled as a rookie, posting 28 tackles and 2.5 sacks in nine starts. But Williams recently recorded his best performance in the NFL against the Miami Dolphins.
That according to Pro Football Focus, who had Williams racking up five tackles, four defensive stops, one pressure, one batted pass, and receiving the highest single-game grade of his young career at 89.6.
It makes little sense that the Jets would rid themselves of an ascending top-three drafted player less than two years into his career unless there are some serious issues behind the scenes that the team is unwilling to reveal. And while second-round compensation might sound attractive, the likely asking price would be much higher based on his potential alone.
Update: A source told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that the Jets’ asking price for Williams would be much more than the rumored second-round pick.
The question then becomes: Are you willing to give up a potential high first-round pick (or multiple high picks) for a player the Jets are mysteriously willing to move on from 19 games into his NFL career?