Quinnen Williams’ favorite football player is Jason Kelce

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Usually, when you ask a young player to name his favorite player in the NFL, he’ll name someone who plays his own position, or maybe a big star like Tom Brady or Patrick Mahomes. Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams is a little different.

Williams said on Chris Simms Unbuttoned that Eagles center Jason Kelce is his favorite player. Williams spends a lot of time studying interior line play and consistently finds that Kelce is the center who plays the game at the highest level, and Williams figures if he studies Kelce closely enough to learn everything he does, he’ll be prepared for any center he faces.

“My favorite football player is Jason Kelce, so going up against him is going to be crazy. I’ve looked up to him, I’ve watched everything he does,” Williams said. “He’s the real deal. I’ve gone against a lot of centers, and I watch Jason Kelce film, study him, learn his technique, learn the things he does, and then I can defeat other centers. . . . He’s my favorite player.”

That’s an unusual answer, but one NFL teams will love: A player who’s passionate enough about the game that he so thoroughly studies line play in the NFL is a player who has the right mental approach to football.

17 responses to “Quinnen Williams’ favorite football player is Jason Kelce

  1. Alabama DT’s disappoint a lot in the NFL. I question those that have Williams as a top 3 pick.

    Who is the best Alabama DT in the NFL. Marcel Dareus probably. Is he even elite? Not to me.

    If I’m a GM I can get just as much value at DT in the 2nd round. I wouldn’t touch this dude Top 10.

  2. Depending where you get drafted you may not ever face him in a game situation. Unless you know where you are getting drafted too which doesn’t seem on the up and up.

  3. If the Raiders are smart, they’ll pick Williams first and then grab Jaylon Ferguson later in the first round. Williams may not fall to them but he’s Warren Sapp.

  4. I enjoyed watching Clemson walk all over Quinnen Williams in January.

    Good luck with that Top 3 pick👌

  5. He seems like a solid young man who obviously is in to preparation and work ethic, great pick up for any team to have !

  6. A lot of vitriol about a guy who is clearly regarded as a top pick – and who hasn’t played a down in the NFL and has, like everyone else, an opportunity to provide himself. Then I remembered where I was.

    Good on him for having the depth of personality to not just go with the “obvious” choices. I wish him well.

  7. Williams going to be really good! The typical negative comments are due to the fact that he stated the obvious which is Jason Kelce is the best Center in The NFL and he plays for The Eagles. That is why you see the passive aggressive comments. It is actually funny but also sad.

  8. freefromwhatyouare says:

    March 21, 2019 at 9:12 am

    Alabama DT’s disappoint a lot in the NFL. I question those that have Williams as a top 3 pick.

    Who is the best Alabama DT in the NFL. Marcel Dareus probably. Is he even elite? Not to me.

    If I’m a GM I can get just as much value at DT in the 2nd round. I wouldn’t touch this dude Top 10.

    Clearly an Auburn fan

  9. Quinnen Williams consistently grades out as the top overall defensive lineman every week last year in the entire NCAA FBS. Those downing him, doubting him, or saying he’s replaceable owith or comparable to a DL with a second or third round grade have absolutely no clue about how to evaluate talent or players.

  10. “Clearly a Auburn Fan”

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    Nope, just honest in my evaluation of Alabama DT’s who have more times than not disappointed in the NFL.

    Most of you fan boys claiming that Williams is so great are basing it off what you hear in the media. I will guarantee you that you never watched Ed Oliver play 2 full games.

    I never said Williams sucked. I said I would not take him in the Top 10. For DT’s this class, I think Ed Oliver and Christian Wilkins will have better NFL careers than Williams.

  11. Great answer, if genuine. And I have no reason to doubt abour the young man’s sincerity. Now, say what you will about the critique of Alabama DTs…but the results speak for themselves. Daron Payne, A’shawn Robinson, Marcel Dareus, etc…they’ve all flashed but they’re all inconsistent and have had generally underwhelming results overall as pros relative to their draft slot cache. But to knock a guy b/c he comes from a certain school and plays a certain position which has a high bust ratio recently for guys frm that school at that position is moreso narrative/superstition than it is a serious evaluation or factor.

    Case and point: for the bettee part of two decades after Keyshawn Johnson came out of USC, Trojans WRs regularly were drafted high and regularly underwhelmed. But I’m super glad that the Steelers put absolutely no stock in that silly narrative and judged the young man and player on his OWN individual merits, work ethic ans character. Smart teams will do the same with any draft eligible player, Quinnen Williams included.

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