NFL draft: Quinnen Williams, three other Alabama prospects declare

Dalton Johnson
NBC Sports BayArea

NFL draft: Quinnen Williams, three other Alabama prospects declare originally appeared on nbcsportsbayarea.com

The annual tradition of talent coming from Alabama to the NFL began to take place on Friday, with four underclassmen, all of whom could go in the first round, declared for the draft

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Here's how the Crimson Tide quartet could fit into the Bay Area, especially for the Raiders. 

Quinnen Williams, DL

Williams may have been the most dominant player in college football as a redshirt sophomore. The 6-foot-4, 295-pound defensive lineman won the Outland Trophy, given to the country's best interior lineman, and finished the season with 71 tackles (19.5 for loss), eight sacks, and 12 quarterback hurries. 

The No. 1 ranked player in college football by Pro Football Focus was a terror to opposing offenses. Though he didn't have a huge day in the box score in the CFP National Championship, Williams could easily be the 49ers pick at No. 2 or to the Raiders at No. 4. 


Jonah Williams, OL 

The former Folsom High School star started every game of his three-year career at Alabama and can play either tackle position on the offensive line. He was a unanimous All-American and hasn't given up a sack since 2017. 

"To have someone like him blocking on my left side at tackle, I mean I have the utmost trust in him," Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa said of Williams before the title game. 

If Ohio St. edge rusher Nick Bosa, Quinnen Williams and Kentucky EDGE Josh Allen all are selected in the top three picks, there's a chance Jon Gruden and Co. could go with Williams to anchor the offensive line. Derek Carr was sacked 51 times in 2018 while rookie Kolton Miller struggled and Donald Penn, who turns 36 in April, played in only four games due to injury.

Irv Smith Jr., TE

Smith enjoyed a breakout season as a junior and was one of Tagovailoa's favorite targets. He caught 44 passes for 710 yards and seven touchdowns. 

With Jared Cook turning 32 years old in April and hitting free agency, Smith could be a replacement near the end of the first round for the Raiders.

Josh Jacobs, RB

Jacobs had the second-most carries (120) on the Crimson Tide and finished the season with the third-most yards (640) on the team, but he could end up as the top running back in the draft. 

The Raiders have no long-term answer at running back and both Marshawn Lynch and Doug Martin will free agents. Jacobs scored 15 touchdowns on 1,315 total yards.

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