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Bucs hosted top college defensive lineman Quinnen Williams

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The Bucs continue to do their diligence on defensive tackles, and the latest visit Monday came from the most dominant football program (and defense) in the college game. That’s when, Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams visited with GM Jason Licht and the new coaching staff, as the upcoming NFL Draft approaches.

Williams confirm the visit by posting a video on his Instagram Monday afternoon:

Williams, listed at 6’4, 290 lbs. is the 2018 Outland Trophy winner for the Crimson Tide, as the nation’s top lineman. He finished with 19.5 tackles for loss and a dominant 8 sacks in the premier conference in college football, the SEC.

He is also the latest in a string of defensive lineman to come talk to the Buccaneers, that includes Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver. As we wrote last week, Oliver has many comparing him to Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald in terms of similar size and explosiveness.

While the Bucs are clearly doing their homework, the mystery still exists, as to what they will do with high-priced veteran and former Pro Bowler, Gerald McCoy. McCoy is currently due $13 million for the 2019 season, but it is not guaranteed. There has been much speculation that Tampa Bay, with a fourth different coaching staff since McCoy was drafted, will try to trade him or get him to reduce his salary to stay with the Bucs.

McCoy stayed away from the first voluntary workouts for new coach Bruce Arians and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles last week.

Further adding to the plot, the Buccaneers used a first-round pick on Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea in last year’s draft. So, there is some question, as to whether they would draft two years in a row in the top 15 at the exact same position?

ProFootballTalk reported Tuesday that Williams will also be meeting this week with the two New York teams, the Jets and the Giants, who are both also picking in the top 10 of this year’s NFL draft, as well.

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