Advanced “Ricochet Ability”

March 21st, 2019

What a treat it was. Hall of Fame general manager Bill Polian dove deep into the stunning class of defensive linemen in this year’s NFL Draft on SiriusXM NFL Radio last night.

Yes, Polian thinks DE Nick Bosa is a super-safe bet to have a successful career off the edge. But Polian’s favorite D-line prospect, it seemed based on his long breakdown, is a guy who might be there for the Bucs at No. 5 overall. He’s the pride of Alabama, defensive tackle Quinnen Williams.

Polian has looked at the film and sees a true pass rusher who embraces the grind of the trenches.

“The bottom line is this is a one-gap player with a lot of ferocity,” Polian said. “The arm length bothers you a little bit but he’s got ricochet ability, meaning he can blast into a blocker, come off quickly, free himself, redirect and get to the passer. He plays every down — in the parlance of the trade, an all-day sucker. And he’s a guy that arguably could be the first pick, as well. An outstanding college career.”

As Joe wrote last week, Williams very calmly explained that he thinks he’s smarter than the rest of the D-line crop in the draft. It was an interesting answer to the question posed to him.

Regardless, the Bucs should be scoring a can’t-miss defensive lineman at No. 5 overall. It’s a no-brainer, assuming they think a perennial Pro Bowl-caliber guy is there.

33 Responses to “Advanced “Ricochet Ability””

  1. AlteredEgo Says:

    I’d be very happy with the pick…a real football player…not just a big athletic guy playing football

  2. Bucnjim Says:

    I think that’s why we haven’t moved McCoy. It will be interesting how the draft unfolds early. It will set the tone depending on how crazy coaches like Gruden want to get.

  3. Bruce Blahak Says:

    Q.Williams is the best player in this draft! Dominated! He, unfortunately, won’t be there at #5…

  4. bucsince79 Says:

    I hope 2 qb’s are picked before us!! That will leave Bosa, Williams, & Allen…

  5. AlteredEgo Says:

    Cody Ford would be the equivalent on the OL…and I would have NO problem if his name was called at 5

  6. Joeypoppems Says:

    Cardinals seem to be destined for Kyler Murray

    49ers can get out of Fords contract after 1 season if it goes south so they still need a long term EDGE… Nick Bosa

    Jets tried to pay Anthony Barr to be a pass rusher. They are still looking for one… Josh Allen

    Raiders traded Khalil Mack and never replaced him. Maybe the guys being hyped up by the media, the same media Mayock was part of a few months ago, are in play. Plus they just drafted 2 DT last year and extended another one this offseason. They might pass on the DT position.

    This doesnt even factor in QB trades…

    Crazy how people can say he wont be there at 5 lol. How many people had a CB going top 5 last year? Crazy things always happen

  7. AKickInTheBucNuts Says:

    This will be a guy “Dunce Cap Licht” will pass up for some shlep just to show he thinks he’s smarter than everyone else.

  8. SteveK Says:

    He is my dream pick!

    Ferocious, skilled somewhat like Aaron Donald, smart.

    He was on the Chris Simms’ podcast the other day, and provided a great interview. Fingers crossed 🤞 he’s there at 5!

  9. 813bucboi Says:

    QW or Ed Oliver…..both would be great replacements for GMC and a long term running mate with VV since his strength is eating up blocks and stuffing the run…..


  10. Wausa Says:

    There is a chance he is at number 5. Obviously two QB’s need to be picked before the Bucs selection, but I would say the momentum is trending that way.

  11. BuccOff Says:

    Now THIS is what I’m talking about!! A quality scouting and player personnel NFL mind with a plethora of experience knowing what the hell he’s talking about! AND…he’s pimping my dude!! Love Q….

    What a fierce multidimensional Line beast for 12 years + he will be!

    Assuming both SF and NYJ stay at their original pick slots (which frankly who the hell knows with QB crap), Quinnen’s gone by #3. Super depressing. NOW….should Q get to #4 somehow…with retarded QB trades and what not….then we have to look at going to get Q at #4. Period.

    Gotta land Quinnen!

  12. Owlykat Says:

    Walter Football has a long write up on Quinnen Williams and concludes he is the best player to replace GMC and call him similar to Aron Donald only bigger with a great takeoff and can defeat double teams and is a great run stopper and only started for one year for Bama so is likely to get even better. That convinces me we should pick him at 5 if he is still there. However I strongly doubt we will have a shot at him.

  13. Jamaal Stanley Says:

    Mike Pennel left the jets and signed with the he pats. Gruden shipped off Mack last season. Get Q out your mind people. As for the dimwit tb22 that posted a link on the greedy Williams thread of Devin White being handled by Quentin Nelson a 1st round draft on the goal line. My question to would be well how do feel about Luke Kuehly being ran over on the goal line by C.J Anderson in that Super Bowl smartguy??? I ask because speak of him as if he’s the God of all linebackers. If need be I can load a link of that to show even he can beaten on a play from to time homeboy. Get beat one play comes back the next season and wins the Butkus but I’m suppose to believe posters know more about than others by casually saying overrated. Rriigghhtt.

  14. Joeypoppems Says:

    Can some of you explain why you believe he wont be there at 5? Im genuinely curious.

  15. Jamaal Stanley Says:

    Y’all just don’t get it. 93 gone be on the field week 1 1st snap. He’ll be wearing a Bucs uniform. They love that dude,you ain’t drafting no replacement for him at 5 to play part time. This ain’t hard to understand.

  16. Jamaal Stanley Says:

    Pop I keep saying the jets lost they’re mean @$$ nose tackle Mike Pennel to the pats. Pop I do know raider fans expect Mack to be replaced early in this draft. If Q that good why would he make it to 5 bro???

  17. Jamaal Stanley Says:

    Back to the dumb@$$ tb22,tell me the name of the linebacker 240lbs that doesn’t get blown up on the goal line like that by a man 300+ pounds running at him with momentum??? I’ll wait. Superman not in this draft class stupid.

  18. Joeypoppems Says:

    @Jamaal Stanely

    The Jets also tried to pay Anthony Barr $13.5M to be a pass rusher and that fell through. Is it crazy to think they take Josh Allen at 3?

    The Raiders drafted 2 DTs last year and signed Hankins to an extension. Is it crazy to think they dont add another DT with a top 4 pick?

    Good players fall all the time. Bradley Chubb was the best prospect last year and he went 5th.

    Of course Quinnen can be a top 4 pick. I just dont see how people talk like its guaranteed to happen.

  19. Jamaal Stanley Says:

    And we just drafted a DT with our 1st pick last season bro. Just don’t see in my personal opinion Q being the most burning need for our 1st. Also the 9ers have spent a lot of capitol at DT in recent years,Bunkner and Solomon Thomas. Can’t say either has lived up to the pick thus far. Who is to say Lynch not thinking they can finally get it right with Q.

  20. Owlykat Says:

    If we do take Q. Williams no. 1 (Don’t worry Bucannon can play where White would have and can play sideline to sideline and can cover passing lanes too)
    Then Rd. 2 Polite to eventually replace Nassib at OLB and Nassib can put on 15 pounds of muscle and replace JPP when he retires. 3rd Round Benny Snell Jr. powerful third down back and able to sub for Barber if needed, 4th Rd Best Man for man CB, 5th Rd. Wesco WVa FB/TE and Alstott Clone, 6th Rd. Buffalo College’s QB with accurate long passing arm; 7th Rd. Georgia’s 4.4 Kick Returner and gunner on Special Teams and Slot WR with build like Humphrey; then get a Guard and Tackle with proven production after the Alliance of American Football is over this year and BA’s Asst. coaches will give lots of reps for our young players to see if Benenoch and Cappa can be future starters and identify future starters from our undrafted Free Agents who can be good backups for now. Our future is bright!

  21. 813bucboi Says:


    drafting QW or Ed Oliver would be smart because GMC aint what he use to be….cut his snaps and he’ll be more effective…..put GMC, QW or EO, and VV in rotation and let them wear down olinemen…..

    GMC aint producing like that to where he’s untouchable…..

    bucs should draft his replacement R1 and let him develop alongside VV & GMC….thats the type of stuff good teams do….have the hole filled before its created….


  22. Christopher Schiefen Says:

    This is a regime who thought Vita was better than Derwin. Imagine Quinnen and Derwin.

  23. 813bucboi Says:


    minter can also play in the middle with LVD and DB on the outside…..

    love the top 3 picks you suggested but i would take tytus howard or chuma edoga in the 3rd and an RB in the 4th……tyree jackson in the 6th like you suggested…..

    if we came out with QW-R1 polite-R2 and OL-R3 i’d say we won the offseason…..


  24. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I’m hoping for a miracle…Bosa or Allen.

  25. Bucsfanman Says:

    813- I know you mean well by saying, “we won the offseason” IF we land those players.
    HOWEVER, in light of more losing than we can shake a stick at, I would rather LOSE every offseason from here on out based on our history of “winning the offseason.”
    Henceforth and hereto, I demand a moratorium on the phrase, “Win the offseason!”


  26. DooshLaRue Says:

    Ahhh…. my “special boy” NOS-Jamaal-BOS going full retard early this year!

    Tell us all how it’s gonna be bro!!!
    Cause you’re ALWAYS right…… right?

  27. Destinjohnny Says:

    Being a huge tide fan and having watched every snap he took
    His offensive line teammates said blocking him was like blocking a 300 pound of soap.
    Him and vea and jp..
    That’s evil

  28. SOEbuc Says:

    Bosa’s play is amazing, but I don’t understand how a guy is a lock in almost every mock draft to go in the top three when he was out for an entire year from a serious injury and coming into the NFL. They said if Ciche could’ve continued to play like he did before he blew out his knee in his senior year, he could’ve gone in the second or third. First play in the NFL he blew his knee out again and was out for the entire year. We got him in the sixth.

  29. SOEbuc Says:

    ^^Oliver is coming off injury as well^^

    Would have no problem trading back into the 5-10 range to and get Oliver.

  30. Not there yet Says:

    I think Bosa, Allen and Williams are gone even if the cardinals are dumb enough to take a quarterback with the first pick two years in a row. Our only saving grace for any three players is one cardinals do get Murray and two Gruden is the one drafting the player, we can count on him to do something stupid with that pick

  31. SenileSenior Says:

    If the guy is seen as the sure-thing super stud, why not trade UP for him!

    BA says you go for the one time shot when you sit somewhere in the top five or six picks. Then you plan on NEVER having to pick in that range again.

    You don’t sit and wait at the “mercy” of chance or the whims of other GMs. That is how I interpret Arians’ remarks.

    If Vea is only half the man-beast that I see him at nose tackle this pick would set the Buccaneer’s DL up for at least the next ten years. I am sure it would pay premiums for years long after Arians is gone.
    Go Bucs!!!!!!!

  32. BucsBandit Says:


    Quinnen Williams will NOT be on the board when the Bucs pick 5th. Williams WILL BE a stud in the NFL, it will just be for another team that drafts ahead of the Bucs.

  33. rrsrq Says:

    I just have not given Q any thought, because I seriously doubt that he makes it to #5. Can he play end in a 3-4?
    Polian, ehhh, this is the guy who told Lamar Jackson to switch to WR, I think he led the Ravens to the playas a rookie.