This might be a useful read for recruitniks if you value the evaluation/reality part of the process more than the star assignments, “perceptual wins”, and visit drama.
For me, Quinnen Williams illustrates some of the most crucial aspects of evaluating and developing prospects. The 3rd year Alabama sophomore DT will be a sure fire early first rounder in the NFL draft, but as a former prospect who was the lowest ranked DL in Alabama’s 2016 class (it’s Bama – he was still a consensus 4 star), he’s an interesting example of useful prospect data and development potential.
The Alabama native was the 17th ranked DT in the country as a senior per 24-7. I think Bama’s interest and commitment actually bumped him up. ESPN had him 31st. Notables ranked ahead of him were Kendell Jones – the poster boy for early max outs whose testing bore out why he had no upside – and Jordan Elliott – flake extraordinaire. Not to mention the understandably well regarded Houston signee Ed Oliver (highest SPARQ in 2016 DL class paired with killer film) and Clemson’s Dexter Lawrence.
Williams development perfectly hits on a few pet peeves of mine: