NFL Mock Draft: Alabama's Tim Williams slides right into Patriots' laps at No. 32
With questionable character and off-field baggage, Williams is a prime candidate to slip down boards
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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