Tim Williams-LB-Alabama
Size: 6’4 252lbs

Tim Williams

Strengths:

  • Quick twitch off the snap
  • Flexible and powerful
  • Powerful hands
  • Deadly spin move

Analysis: Tim Williams at this point in his career looks to be a pass-rush specialist in the NFL with the hope of building his game into more of an all-around linebacker. He rockets out of stance like a track sprinter, but with shoulder pads on. True edge bending ability as a rusher. Pass-rush approach is more sophisticated than he is given credit for. Can win outside or inside making every rush a potential two-way go. Shows good feel for the pass-rush arc and understands when to attack the corner. Able to dip shoulder and pivot under and around an offensive tackle and into the quarterback. Hand usage well-timed as a rusher. Primarily a rusher but showed continuing improvement in technique at the point of attack. Should post impressive straight-line speed at the combine. Plus foot quickness with the smoothness to drop into coverage and operate in space on zone blitzes.

Weaknesses:

  • Needs to set the edge better
  • Struggles against athletic OL
  • Hip tightness
  • Pass rush specialist?

Analysis: Tim 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.

NFL Comparison: Bruce Irvin

Draft Projection: Late 1st, early 2nd

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