Tim Williams, Alabama [DE/OLB] – Joel Bishop

Name: Tim Williams

Position: DE/OLB

School: Alabama

Class: Senior

Height: 6’4″

Weight: 252lbs

Games Watched: 2015 – LSU, Mississippi State. 2016 – USC, Auburn, Texas A&M, LSU

 

Overview

A 4-star recruit from Louisiana. Williams was part of a rotation in his first two years at Alabama, mainly as a pass-rush specialist. In 2013 and 2014 he played in 19 games posting 1.5 sacks, 8 tackles and 1.0 tackle for loss. As a junior he posted better numbers with 10.5 sacks, 12.5 tackles for loss. His 0.7 sacks per game ranked fifth in the SEC. In his senior year, more was expected but only started two games. His sack number was lower than his junior year with 9.0 sacks (tied second on the team). He did manage 31 tackles, 16.0 tackles for loss and 2 forced fumbles. Had a fumble recovery which he took for his first career score. As a senior he earned second-team All-American and second-team All-SEC honours, was also a candidate for the Butkus award. On September 27th 2016, Williams was arrested for gun possession without a permit and also had possession of marijuana but was not part of the arrest.

 

Strengths

Very explosive player off the line. Quick feet. Flexible, bendy player. Can dip shoulder low with a burst around the outside – very hard for tackles to get their hands on him. Very active, violent hands. Can get tackles off-balanced with a quick move to the inside when rushing the passer. Plays stronger than his weight and build suggests. Strong legs and thick thighs – can hold his own at the point of attack. Gets nice and low using leverage. Improving as an edge-setter, did well against LSU (2016).

 

Weaknesses

Thin upper body, could add more thickness to his chest and arms. More success against right tackles, more athletic lineman stand a better chance. Lacks upper body strength, even though he is learning to set the edge – still needs to add more work in the run game. Limited snaps against the run – little game tape to study. Not much tape to show ability to drop back into coverage when in a 2-point stance. Arrested for gun possession without a permit.

 

Bottom Line

Unbelievable explosive pass rusher that is a danger to the quarterback. A first round talent but could slide far due to off-field concerns. In most schemes he is going to be better suited as a 3-4 outside linebacker but can be a 4-3 defensive end with teams that like quickness on the edge like Atlanta and Dallas for example. Will need to hit the weight room and have plenty of coaching, otherwise you are looking at a pass-rush specialist in the NFL.

 

Grade: 1st round

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