Report: Quinnen Williams joins Nick Bosa in visit to Cardinals on Thursday
Ohio State pass-rusher Nick Bosa isn’t the only potential No. 1 NFL Draft pick visiting the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday. He’ll be joined by Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams as one of the 30 prospects allowed to visit team headquarters, reports NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Previously, Rapoport reported that Williams was expected to take visits to the top seven teams picking in the 2019 draft.
Williams joins Bosa and quarterback Kyler Murray as the potential options to be selected first overall.
The MMQB’s Albert Breer reported Monday that Bosa was visiting Arizona on Thursday and Friday after he had met with the team for dinner in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., last week. Murray met with the Cardinals on the Oklahoma campus following the Heisman winner’s pro day last month.
As much as the rumor-mill connects the Cardinals to Murray because of first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury’s affinity toward the Oklahoma product and Heisman winner, they could also use some help on the defensive line. Arizona returns veteran tackle Corey Peters and signed free agent Darius Philon, but who becomes the third starting lineman in defensive coordinator Vance Joseph’s scheme isn’t clear.
Tackle Robert Nkemdiche is the top candidate but will enter 2019 coming off knee surgery.
Williams, who reportedly visited the 49ers (No. 2 pick) and Raiders (No. 4 pick) this week, is widely viewed as the second-best prospect in the draft behind Bosa.
During his redshirt junior season in 2018, Williams broke out after Alabama converted him from defensive end to tackle. He followed up a 20-tackle campaign a year prior by producing 71 tackles (19.5 for loss) and 8.0 sacks for the Crimson Tide this year as Alabama went 14-0 before falling to Clemson in the national title game.
The 6-foot-3, 303-pound Williams impressed during the NFL Draft Combine, running a 4.83-second 40-yard dash and recording a 30.5-inch vertical jump.