2017 NFL DRAFT

Tim Williams, OLB

School: Alabama  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 244 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
3841-2

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.68--- 33 1/2---
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.68--- 33 1/210'3"--

Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Miami Dolphins | #22
    Adding two more years to Cameron Wake's contract lessens Miami's need for pass rush help but doesn't eliminate it. The talented but troubled Williams might learn a thing or two from Wake, who finished with more than twice as many sacks last season (11.5) as any other Dolphins defender and has earned Pro Bowl nods five times since jumping from the CFL to Miami in 2009.
  • New England Patriots | #32
    With his baggage, Williams will like tumble on draft day, which could mean falling right into the laps of the World Champs.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers | #30
    The Steelers have some linebacker need, even after bringing back James Harrison. You really can?t have too many young pass rushers.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers | #30
    The Steelers have some linebacker need, even after bringing back James Harrison. You really can?t have too many young pass rushers.
  • New England Patriots | #32
    It would be so perfectly Belichick to grab one of the most explosive defenders in the draft with the final pick in the first round because he dropped due to the dreaded ?character concerns? and a lack of consistent production.
 

Player Overview

The proliferation of the passing game has made disruptive pass rushers critical to success in today's NFL, which is why Williams could earn a surprisingly high pick in the 2017 draft despite limited production for defensive guru Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Williams does not have the statistics one normally associates with early draft picks. He recorded a grand total of 27 tackles over his first three years with the Tide, including a "breakout" campaign as a junior with a career-high 19 stops. Of those 27 tackles, however, are 12 sacks - with plenty of reason to believe that there many more to come.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: In terms of pure explosiveness off the edge, Williams has few (if any) peers in college football. Giving up over 50 pounds to virtually every offensive linemen he faces, Williams is reliant on his initial burst off the ball. Fortunately (at least for him and the Tide), Williams excels here, showing the quick twitch and snap anticipation to easily cross the face of would-be blockers. Williams isn't just quick, he's flexible, dipping under the reach of tackles to turn the corner and closing quickly. Williams is also surprisingly powerful, generating good push on simple bull rushes because he keeps his pad level down and has excellent leg drive, as evidenced by his 555 pound squat. Williams has developed into a professional pass rusher, incorporating active, powerful hands and a deadly spin move back inside to complement his speed rush.

WEAKNESSES: Williams is essentially a pass rush specialist, at this time. For such a specialized role, Williams needs to show greater awareness, giving up opportunities to swipe at the football as he tracks down unsuspecting ball-carriers. Williams was part of a heavy rotation at Alabama and has limited snaps against the run. He needs to do a better job of holding up at the point of attack, failing to set the edge consistently to funnel ball-carriers back inside. He has limited experience dropping back into coverage, as well. He also comes with significant off-field concerns, following an arrest in Tuscaloosa involving a gun (for which Williams had a receipt but not a permit for), as well as marijuana.

IN OUR VIEW: Williams' off-field issues and inability to remain on the field as a full-time defender warrant a careful review but he may just be the most explosive edge rusher in the 2017 draft. Further, with experience rushing out of both the two and three point stances, Williams offers schematic versatility.

COMPARES TO: Bruce Irvin, Oakland Raiders: Williams possesses a similar frame and explosiveness off the edge as the Raiders' pricey 2016 free agent acquisition (from Seattle). Like Irvin, he is a bit of a one-trick pony as an edge rusher. Disruptive pass rushers rank second only to quarterbacks, themselves, in the current NFL priority list so if Williams can convince a team to look past his admittedly alarming off-field issues (like Irvin did), he could wind up being a much more productive player in the NFL than he ever was for the Crimson Tide.

 
 
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