Round 1: Quinnen Williams, Alabama
The belle of the ball in this year’s class is Alabama’s Quinnen Williams, who is considered by many as the best overall player in the entire 2019 draft class. As crazy as it sounds, there is a real chance that he may still be on the board with the fifth overall pick.
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The Arizona Cardinals are primed to select quarterback Kyler Murray with the first overall pick in the draft, taking a signal caller in the first round for the second year in a row. Because of this decision, an elite defensive player is going to be pushed down the board. The Buccaneers are hoping that player will be Williams.
The blow of moving on from a perennial Pro Bowler like McCoy would be softened if the Buccaneers are immediately able to snag Williams as his replacement. The athletic big man would fit the mold that Bowles is looking for as a 3-4 defensive end in Tampa Bay and would be a significant contributor on day-one.
Williams received one Heisman vote this year while terrorizing opposing teams for the Crimson Tide in 2018. The All-American recorded 19.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks in his first full season as a starter; he tallied 26 tackles behind the line of scrimmage and ten sacks for his career.