NFL Mock Draft: Alabama's Tim Williams slides right into Patriots' laps at No. 32

An explosive edge rusher, Alabama's Tim Williams plays with speed, energy and length to skim the corner and disrupt the backfield. And with his traits, he should make an NFL team selecting in the top 15 picks very happy. However, with his questionable character and off-field baggage, Williams is a prime candidate to slip down draft boards.

How far might Williams drop? That is anyone's guess. But if he slips to the 32nd pick, the newly crowned world champion Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick would have a tough choice to make. With Nick Saban, Belichick's former assistant in Cleveland, on speed dial, New England might have the best intel possible on the talented pass rusher. And if Williams' issues are manageable, the rich might get richer with one of the better talents in this class at the end of the first round.

1. Cleveland Browns

Myles Garrett , DE/OLB, Texas A&M: The Browns have needs all over the roster and unless they fall in love with a quarterback, this pick needs to be the best talent in the draft, which is Garrett.

Myles Garrett is the No. 1 prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft. USATSI

2. San Francisco 49ers

Mitch Trubisky , QB, North Carolina Tar Heels : San Francisco has its new coach (and offense) in Kyle Shanahan but he will still needs a capable quarterback to run it. Despite only one season of starting experience, Trubisky, who will skip his senior season, has all the traits to be a successful NFL starter.

Mitch Trubisky is leaving North Carolina a year early for the NFL. USATSI

3. Chicago Bears

DeShone Kizer , QB, Notre Dame Fighting Irish : The Bears have some intriguing talent on the roster, but the quarterback depth chart is disheartening. Although his tape shows youthful mistakes, Kizer also shows the veteran poise and ideal physical traits to play the position at a high level.

DeShone Kizer could be staying close to South Bend, Ind., with the QB-needy Bears. USATSI

4. Jacksonville Jaguars

Jonathan Allen , DL, Alabama Crimson Tide : Jacksonville has invested heavily in the defensive line, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Jaguars do so again if a talent like Allen is available for them.

Jonathan Allen would be another talented player on the Jacksonville defensive line. USATSI

5. Tennessee Titans (from Los Angeles)

Jamal Adams , SS, LSU Tigers : With a top-five pick, the Titans need to first and foremost add a difference-maker and Adams has that type of ability patrolling the secondary.

Jamal Adams could be the latest high NFL selection out of the LSU defensive backfield. USATSI

6. New York Jets

Marshon Lattimore , CB, Ohio State: The Jets have no choice but to address the secondary this offseason with question marks at both cornerback and safety. Lattimore is a very gifted athlete for his size with sticky coverage skills.

Marshon Lattimore helps the Jets upgrade a declining secondary. USATSI

7. San Diego Chargers

Malik Hooker , FS, Ohio State Buckeyes : While his recent injury status could create concern, Hooker is still one of the most talented players in this draft and if his rehab goes as planned, the former Buckeye shouldn't fall too far on draft day.

Ohio State's Malik Hooker made a name for himself as a ball hawk this season. USATSI

8. Carolina Panthers

Leonard Fournette , RB, LSU: Veteran Jonathan Stewart averaged only 3.8 yards per rush reached the 100-yard mark in only one game last season, his ninth in the NFL. Fournette is a freak talent who would instantly add juice to the Panthers' offense.

Leonard Fournette LSU
The Panthers need to upgrade their backfield and Leonard Fournette would be an ideal fit. USATSI

9. Cincinnati Bengals

Reuben Foster , LB, Alabama: Linebacker Rey Maualuga is a serviceable player, but Foster would be an instant upgrade with his combination of play speed, instincts and violence.

Reuben Foster could step in and make an impact right away. USATSI

10. Buffalo Bills

Deshaun Watson , QB, Clemson Tigers : The Tyrod Taylor situation in Buffalo will continue to play itself out the next few weeks, but if he's out of the picture then Watson becomes an intriguing option with this pick. Not sure this would be the right move, but it is definitely plausible.

Would Deshaun Watson be an upgrade over Tyrod Taylor? USATSI

11. New Orleans Saints

Solomon Thomas , DE, Stanford Cardinal : Is Thomas best on the edges? Or inside as a three-technique? Regardless, he is a disruptive talent who can play multiple spots on an inconsistent Saints defensive line.

The Saints need help on defense, and Solomon Thomas could provide plenty. USATSI

12. Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia)

Teez Tabor , CB, Florida Gators : The Browns' secondary was routinely torched this past season and needs upgrades across the board. Tabor has the size, aggressiveness and cover instincts to disrupt the catch point and create turnovers.

Teez Tabor leaves Florida with some NFL-ready skills. USATSI

13. Arizona Cardinals

Mike Williams , WR, Clemson: While wide receiver was a strength of Arizona not too long ago, Larry Fitzgerald is nearing the end and Michael Floyd is now in New England. Williams could develop into the new No. 1 pass catcher for the Cardinals.

The Cardinals might need a new No. 1 receiver like Clemson's Mike Williams. USATSI

14. *Indianapolis Indianapolis Colts

Dalvin Cook , RB, Florida State Seminoles : For his first draft as general manager in Indianapolis, Chris Ballard could go in several directions to improve the Colts. But adding a dynamic runner like Cook would help disguise several concerns on the roster.

Dalvin Cook would improve the Colts' running game and lessen the burden on Andrew Luck. USATSI

15. *Philadelphia Philadelphia Eagles (from Minnesota)

Marlon Humphrey , CB, Alabama: The Eagles are desperate for help at cornerback and there should be several options for the franchise in the mid-first round. Humphrey has given up several big plays this season, but NFL coaches will be salivating at his size and skill set.

Marlon Humphrey's dad was drafted by the Broncos in 1989 out of Alabama. USATSI

16. Baltimore Ravens

David Njoku , TE, Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes : The Ravens currently have a crowded tight end depth chart, but Maxx Williams, Benjamin Watson and Crockett Gilmore are coming off major injuries and Dennis Pitta hasn't lived up to his contract. Njoku is an explosive weapon for the short and long term.

David Njoku would provide a spark for the Ravens offense. USATSI

17. Washington Redskins

Malik McDowell , DL, Michigan State Spartans : McDowell has an impressive blend of size, athleticism and power to be effective from multiple positions along the defensive line.

Malik McDowell can make an impact from anywhere on the defensive line. USATSI

18. Tennessee Titans

Corey Davis , WR, Western Michigan Broncos : The Titans have plenty of bodies on the wide receiver depth chart, but no true difference-maker. Davis is one of the most prolific wideouts in college football history and is the complete package as a receiver.

Corey Davis became a star playing at Western Michigan. USATSI

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

John Ross , WR, Washington Huskies : Mike Evans is the top target of Jameis Winston, but he needs help. Ross is dwarfed by Evans in size, but his explosive athleticism and savvy route-running will only improve the Tampa offensive attack.

John Ross would fit perfectly next to Mike Evans in the Buccaneers offense. USATSI

20. Denver Broncos

Ryan Ramczyk , OT, Wisconsin Badgers : One of the priorities for John Elway and the Broncos this offseason is to address a leaky offensive line. As long as he is healthy, Ramcyzk is the top offensive tackle prospect in this draft class.

The Broncos begin their offensive line rebuild with Ryan Ramczyk. USATSI

21. Detroit Lions

Derek Barnett , DE, Tennessee Volunteers : Detroit needs to address the issues at cornerback, but upgrading the pass rush with an edge rusher like Barnett will impact the back seven as well.

Derek Barnett has dominated SEC competition in his first two years. USATSI

22. Miami Dolphins

O.J. Howard , TE, Alabama: There are glaring needs on defense for the Dolphins, but an athletic tight end like Howard would do wonders for Ryan Tannehill and the Miami offense.

O.J. Howard has a high ceiling despite his lack of production. USATSI

23. New York Giants

Taco Charlton , DE, Michigan Wolverines : With Jason Pierre-Paul not expected back, defensive end is a likely need this offseason. Charlton, who has some traits reminiscent of Justin Tuck out of Notre Dame, has all the ingredients of a NFL starter.

Taco Charlton might remind Giants fans of Super Bowl hero Justin Tuck. USATSI

24. Oakland Raiders

Haason Reddick , LB, Temple Owls : A defensive back-turned-rusher in college, Reddick will make the move to linebacker in the NFL and has the athleticism to be a star.

Haason Reddick projects to be a linebacker at the next level and many expect him to flourish. USATSI

25. Houston Texans

Jabrill Peppers , LB/S, Michigan: Lack of a natural position could push him down draft boards, but Peppers is an explosive athlete who could blossom in a hybrid role once he focuses on that one position.

Jabrill Peppers is great chess piece for any defensive coordinator. USATSI

26. Seattle Seahawks

Forrest Lamp , G, Western Kentucky Hilltoppers : The Seahawks are getting by with the bodies they have on the offensive line, but that doesn't mean Seattle shouldn't be looking for upgrades. Lamp can probably survive at tackle in the NFL, but he might be a Pro Bowl guard with his square-blocking skill set and stubborn mentality.

Forrest Lamp looks like a future fixture at guard in the NFL. USATSI

27. Kansas City Chiefs

Zach Cunningham , LB, Vanderbilt Commodores : With Derrick Johnson's career in question due to injuries, inside linebacker is a position the Chiefs will look to address this offseason. Cunningham plays with the take-on strength and reaction quickness to fill and cover ground.

Zach Cunningham wowed NFL scouts in Vandy's opener vs. South Carolina. USATSI

28. Dallas Cowboys

Carl Lawson , DE/OLB, Auburn Tigers : The Cowboys have defensive needs at every level, but especially at pass rusher. Lawson does an outstanding job using his upper-body strength and lower-body quickness in unison to beat blockers.

Carl Lawson is a good place to start for a Cowboys defense in need of upgrades. USATSI

29. Green Bay Packers

Sidney Jones , CB, Washington: The Packers need help on the cornerback depth chart and Jones is well-versed in multiple coverages with the athleticism and ball skills to make plays.

Sidney Jones fills a major need for Green Bay. USATSI

30. Pittsburgh Steelers

Takkarist McKinley , DE/OLB, UCLA Bruins : The Steelers have several question marks at pass rusher heading into next season and could look to address that need through the draft. McKinley is a tick undersized, but his athleticism and active hands allow him to penetrate the backfield.

Takkarist McKinley is the kind of pass rusher the Steelers need. Getty Images

31. Atlanta Falcons

Charles Harris , DE, Missouri Tigers : The Falcons' pass rush was improved in 2016 and helped advance Atlanta to the Super Bowl. But more help is needed and Harris adds a different style of rusher to the arsenal.

Another pass rusher out of Mizzou, Charles Harris looks like a fit with the Falcons. USATSI

32. New England Patriots

Tim Williams, DE, Alabama: With his baggage, Williams will likely tumble on draft day, which could mean falling right into the laps of the Super Bowl champions.

The talented Williams could tumble on draft day -- and be a nice value at the end of the first round. USATSI
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