NFL Draft Prospect Watch: Tim Williams

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Today’s NFL draft prospect to watch is Tim Williams, who is one of the best SEC pass rushers at the University of Alabama. This Crimson Tide product is a great player and clearly is a threat in stopping the pass, but needs to work on stopping the run, and if he does that he will be an every down player at any level. He is a senior and a leader on the Nation’s number one defense. Head Coach Nick Saban relies on Williams to get to the quarterback on every passing play, but he is actually a good run stopper.

Next, Williams possess great skills as a 3-4 outside linebacker. He has a quick explosive first step when the ball is snapped and uses his speed and violent hands to get to the quarterback or an evading ball carrier. Now, after watching some film on this stud, he reminds me of Dwight Freeney, due to the ability to use the spin move with quickness and perfection. He is the Dwight Freeney of college football.

In addition, he will see more playing time and a rise in statistics, as many starters last year entered the draft leaving the team with new players coming in. Williams recorded 10.5 sacks, 19 total tackles and 12.5 of those tackles were for a loss. Expect Williams to be an every down player this year, which will raise up his statistics. He should get at least 13 sacks with tons of quarterback pressures and hits, plus a total of 30 to 40 tackles, as he is expected to play the whole game.

Finally, if the season goes the way everyone expects Williams to produce, then he will be a first-round pick, but in the middle or late part of day one of the draft. The Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, San Diego Chargers, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, and Chicago Bears seem like a team that could use a player like Tim Williams.

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