Alabama pass rusher Tim Williams is as polarizing and enigmatic as any player in the 2017 NFL Draft.
School: Alabama Ht: 6-3 Wt: 244
Williams shows the ability to bend the edge as a pass rusher. He is slippery and difficult for linemen to stick to. Uses his hands well and has relatively well-developed pass rush moves. Understands leverage and has an innate feel for when to counter offensive tackles. Anticipates the snap and fires off the ball above-average. Closes well once he’s locked in on the ball-carrier. Versus the run, Williams is unrefined, but generally effective setting the edge. His run-defense usage was limited during his Alabama career, but he displayed improvement with more experience. He has decent length and shows the ability to extend and maintain separation against the run.
Williams is a bit light-in-the-britches and looks more like a basketball player in body type. While he shows solid explosion on tape, Williams’ testing numbers and movement during drills are totally underwhelming. He can get out of control in his pursuit of the ball, missing or overrunning plays he should make. Played in a rotation at Alabama and disappeared for long stretches the more his workload increased. Williams also has a criminal and drug history. He has owned up to having issues with marijuana in the past and there have been reports that he has Randy-Gregory-like issues staying clean, but has never been suspended. Was forced to sit for the first half of Alabama’s game versus Kentucky in 2016 after being arrested on a misdemeanor gun charge.
Williams came into the 2016 season as one of the most high-profile pass rushers in the country. While his play didn’t skyrocket, as some expected, Williams did manage 16 tackles for loss and 9 sacks. Teams will have to weigh several variables with Williams. First, on the field, there are legitimate questions as to whether he will ever pan out to be more than a situational pass rusher. Secondly, teams will need to gather as much information as possible in regards to Williams’ off-field issues. Also, the difference in physical traits shown in games versus workouts will force teams to reevaluate the tape.
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