You hear it every year around draft time. There’s no such thing as a “can’t-miss” prospect in the NFL draft. With how big a transition going from college to the NFL can be, you can never truly know what a player will look like in the future.
That doesn’t, however, mean there are not levels to this. Certain things like physical tools and college production lead to “safer” draft picks over the long run. Finding out which traits or data points have the best track from college to the NFL for draft picks is the goal of what I do here at PFF.
Enter New York Jets interior defender Quinnen Williams. Every single physical and on-field data point we collect suggested he was as “can’t miss” a defensive tackle prospect as we’ve seen in our six years of college grading. In his breakout 2018 campaign, Williams earned a 96.0 overall grade — easily the highest mark we’ve ever given to a defensive tackle. His 96.5 run-defense grade and 92.5 pass-rushing grade both led all draft-eligible defensive tackles that season.