ESPN predicts Jets DT Quinnen Williams will win Defensive Rookie of the Year
The New York Jets selected defensive tackle Quinnen Williams with the third overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Despite the fact that he’ll be just 21 for most of the 2019 NFL season, Williams is seen as not only one of the prospects with the most potential, but one who can help the most right now.
Due to that, a panel at ESPN has Williams winning the Defensive Rookie of the Year award in 2019.
Quinnen Williams has extremely tough competition for this award. Number two overall pick Nick Bosa should make waves as a pass rusher for the San Francisco 49ers. Meanwhile, Clelin Ferrell and Devin White round out the top five and Josh Allen looks like a monster already for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Don’t forget about Devin Bush in Pittsburgh.
It’s not even like it’s just top-10 guys. Montez Sweat was drafted 26th overall and can steal the spotlight. He was projected to go much earlier had it not been for health concerns.
Second round cornerbacks Rock Ya-Sin and Greedy Williams have all the potential in the world as well. So do a few other names.
Quinnen Williams will definitely make his mark though. He’s going to get playing time immediately and could turn into a force for the Jets’ defense rather quickly.
If that happens, the odds of him winning the Defensive Rookie of the Year award will only go up.
Of course, there’s a lot of time between the preseason predictions and the actual awards. Players will need to prove themselves. Rookie of the Year is always one of the most difficult to predict because none of the players have proven themselves in the NFL.
Anyone can be a bust, while any random late-round pick could take home the award. Meanwhile, you can always count on names like Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers to be near the top of the MVP voting.
With that in mind, Quinnen Williams has some work to do. He has the potential, now he just has to show us what he can do in a regular season format. If all goes as planned, there’s no reason to believe he won’t be taking home some hardware this year.