First Round: Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama
The San Francisco 49ers have been no strangers to picking defensive linemen early in the NFL Draft.
In 2015, they selected Arik Armstead in the first-round of the draft. In 2016, they followed that selection up by taking Armstead’s former Oregon Ducks teammate DeForest Buckner in round one.
They made it three years in a row with a first-round pick on the defensive line in 2017, taking Stanford’s Solomon Thomas with John Lynch’s first pick as general manager.
They broke the trend in 2018 by taking Mike McGlinchey in round one but the Niners could very well circle back to the defensive line and take someone who has become a major difference maker on one of the most talented defenses in college football, Quinnen Williams of Alabama.
The 6-foot-4, 290 pound redshirt sophomore is no guarantee to be a member of the 2019 rookie class, but he’s having such a great year in 2018 it would be tough for his stock to get any higher. He’s one of the best interior linemen in a draft loaded in that area, and would give the 49ers a formidable, versatile defensive front that would give opposing teams fits.