It’s no secret that year after year Alabama fields the best defense in all of college football. Despite losing key players to last year’s draft, they were able to reload with arguably even better talent in 2016 – Tim Williams was one of those players. You may remember him as a disruptive force in last year’s National Championship game against Clemson where he caught national recognition.
After serving as a reserve pass rushing specialist where he racked up 10.5 sacks last season as a junior, his pass rushing ability has been even more valuable this season as Alabama recorded an undefeated season on their way to capturing yet another SEC Championship and quite possibly a consecutive National Championship. With pass rushers coming at a premium in the NFL nowadays, Williams will hear his name called early come April.
Name: Tim Williams
Draft Grade: 2nd Round
Comparison: Bruce Irvin (Oakland Raiders)
Positives: Insane combination of speed and strength. Explosive first step and burst off the edge. Does a great job on stunts. Good spin move. Possesses a deceptive outside move where he uses his athleticism and footwork to shift and change direction to the inside. Slippery on inside pass rush and glides past linemen. Understands angles in getting to the QB. Plays very physical and scrappy. Often tosses the QB to the ground hard when he gets in for the sack. Violent and active hands which he utilizes tremendously. Received great coaching at Alabama.
Negatives: Tends to rely on his speed and strength too much which may not work against premier offensive tackles in the NFL. Still a bit raw in developing a complete pass rush repertoire. Unrefined against the run. Not an every down player at the next level. Lacks sufficient lower body strength. Doesn’t give consistent effort against the run. Was arrested on carrying a gun without a permit late this past Summer.
Outlook: It’s clear that Tim Williams is arguably the top pure pass rusher in this year’s class. His combination of speed and strength is sure to be coveted by teams despite the character concerns. Williams received a lot of buzz early on in the draft process, and some even declared him as a top 10 pick. Since then, his hype train has died down a bit as he now projects as a late 1st-2nd round prospect. Still, he’s a phenomenal pass rusher with tremendous upside at the next level. He’s not an every down player, but in pass rushing situations he will be lethal off the edge – a pure game changer. In the right situation, Williams could flourish and establish himself as one of the game’s top pass rushers within the next few years.