2017 NFL Draft
Scouting Report
Prospect:  Tim Williams


   

School:          Alabama
Ht:  6'-4"       Wt:  237
Eligibility:      SR
Uniform:       #56
Position:      EDGE






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At Alabama, reps can be hard to come by no matter how talented the player. With that being said, Williams has consistently gotten on the field in passing situations as an edge rusher. It was somewhat surprising when he chose to return as a senior. He could have been one of the top pass rushers in a 2016 class that was lacking top-end talent in that area. Instead, he returns to harass SEC quarterbacks for one more year.


Williams has one of quickest first steps in the country. He explodes off the line, up the field. He also displays very good snap-recognition, which quarterbacks have to be aware of. If he guesses the snap with his quickness, opposing tackles have zero chance of keeping him out of the backfield. He also has a very advanced repertoire of pass-rush moves for a college player. He has shown both the ability to swim and rip when offensive linemen reach. He also displayed quite a spin move in the semifinal game against Michigan State. Another advanced trait he occasionally shows is his ability to counter when his first move doesn't work.

Williams also has a good motor, often chasing plays downfield. While his size may not be elite, he uses it to his advantage by consistently playing lower than the man across from him. When he uses his speed to get to the edge, he stays extremely low to turn the corner making it that much more difficult for taller players to handle him.


Unfortunately, most of his upside is as a pass rusher without much to study against the run. One would hope to see him on the field more often as a senior in the base package. Just judging by skill set and build, I would say his best NFL position would be as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme on the weak side. He doesn't have the strength in his lower body to set the edge consistently on the strong side. That is another area he needs to improve is his strength. If he adds power to his lower half, and the ability to occasionally bull rush opposing linemen, he will be that much more a nightmare.

As I mentioned his size isn't exactly elite which may give him issues against bigger linemen with longer arms. I also think it may steer teams away from drafting him as a 4-3 end. Drafting him as a situational pass rusher in a 4-3 is one thing, but asking him to line up every down with his hand in the dirt is not something that caters to his strengths. Still, at the end of the day, getting to the quarterback is a premium talent, and Williams can do it as good as anyone. Look for him to be a hot commodity in the first round.

Compares to (Current NFL Player): Cliff Avril (Seattle Seahawks) or Melvin Ingram (San Diego Chargers)

Strengths
- Outstanding first-step quickness
- Advanced pass-rush skills
- Plays low
- Terrific motor

Weaknesses
- Needs to add strength to his lower half
- Size is good, not great
- A lot left to the imagination as a run defender


Austin Smith
Austinjs14@aol.com
August 24, 2016



Articles/Links
1)   What makes Alabama's Tim Williams 'disruptive as hell'? Ex-NFL standouts weigh in   - AL.Com
2)   Alabama EDGE Tim Williams has NFL superstar potential   - TodaysPigskin.com
3)   Tim Williams Could Be Alabama's Best Sack Artist Since Derrick Thomas   - Bleacher Report





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