Tim Williams- OLB Alabama

6-3, 242, (PD) 4.68, S-1.64, 

10'4 Br, 33.5" Vert, 7.36 3-C,

32 3/4" Arms, 4.57 SS, 

Day Two Rusher: Part V. 

By TOM

He is a pure speed and explosion rusher. He was a troubling prospect from a lot of angles. He had some off the field issues, but he did produce this past season. I think he ran his way out of the 1st round. Nice quick feet out in space. Screwed up a drill at Combine. He looked unprepared. Elite natural talent, who just doesn't prepare enough to go in the 1st. He can really bend and turn. He was ultra quick in hybrid drill.  

He exploded into the backfield and tackles the QB or RB as quick as anyone I've seen. "He's like the Predator," an area scout said. "When he's allowed to do just one thing, get the quarterback, he is really good at it. Don't ask him to do much more than that, though. He's going to be a high-rep player and I don't know if NFL defenses are going to trust him to do more than just rush." He is really showing some much better instincts this season. 

He will set the edge with his feet and hands. Great swim move over the OLT that is so fast that he can then pinball off the OLG and sack the QB. He can burst into the backfield so fast that he can tackle the QB as he is trying to pitch the ball to the RB. He will line up in odd fronts at D-end to rush sometimes. He can put speed to power. Which was one of his main questions this season. 

He is at his best when he can can just blast off upfield. "Eat. Destroy. Predator. Conqueror. Anything," Williams said. "I really feel like when I come off that edge, I can't be stopped. I just have that much confidence in my skill." Nice job keeping his shoulder squared and moving down the line. He is so light on his feet. Nice inside shoulder club on inside move. He had a great 2016 as the designated rusher:

2016 (Senior): A disruptive force on the outside for the Crimson Tide ... earned second team All-America honors from the Associated Press and Sports Illustrated ... named to the All-SEC second team by the conference coaches and the Associated Press ... was a candidate for the Butkus Award and midseason All-American by Sports Illustrated ... tabbed to the Bednarik, Lott, Nagurski, Butkus and Lombardi Award Preseason Watch Lists ... collected 31 total tackles and added nine sacks (-97 yards) to tie for second on the team ... 51.6 percent of his tackles came behind the line of scrimmage with 16 tackles for loss (-125 yards) ... also had 12 quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and a pair of pass breakups ... added one fumble recovery which he returned 23 yards for his first career score ... selected as one of the UA coaching staff’s defensive players of the week for his outings against Kentucky and at Arkansas

He will burst around the ORT, and curl into the RB with some nice aggression. "That's what Alabama's built on, the run," Williams said. "You run the ball at us man, man, we welcome it. We are going to embrace it. Helmet to helmet. Hat on a hat, whatever. It's football. That's what we have pads for." He will play OLB in an odd front and zone the flat.

He can use his elite blast off to get the OT off balance. Then he can absorb the double by the RB, and push him into the QB so he has to take off. Then spin inside and hit the QB from behind. "I treated everything like it was a game situation," Williams said. "I really don’t care too much who it is. I care about going at the ball and the quarterback." When he gets relentless in the rush he looks like a top ten pick.

He has a surprising burst inside. "They try to jump set me because they're scared of my speed," Williams said. "That's why the majority of my sacks this year come from me making inside moves because they jump off so quick because they're scared of my speed. Me and Ryan Anderson and Rashaan and [Jonathon Allen]." You have to have counters moves to win in the NFL.

It is a little troubling how hard it is to find a coach talk about him without a caveat. "He's always had good pass rush ability," Saban said. "Tim's worked very hard, made a lot of sacrifices to try to get where he is right now, and we certainly appreciate it. A lot of people in our organization have tried to help and he's been very, very productive. It has nothing to do with ability. He's not pass rushing any better than what he did before, he's just more dependable doing his job. We've been able count on him to this point. I'd say that's the biggest difference." He is not going to be a boy scout, but if he can hit the QB in the NFL no one will care. 

His biggest question is that he confirmed that he tested positive for drugs multiple times at Alabama. "[I'm a] young player making decisions that I grew from," Williams said. "That's what life is about, being a man on and off the field, owning up to your mistakes. Everyone makes them. I'm not here dancing around and joking. I know I'm here with something to prove. I'm obviously behind the eight-ball, so I'm here to prove not only to myself but to every organization that if they get me, they're going to get the best player here." So teams have to decide if he can be trusted. 

He has a ton of potential as an edgerusher, but then he got high. "I came into the season thinking one way on Tim Williams and now I'm thinking another way," a scout said said. "He isn't a factor on 1st downs and then off the field he's getting in trouble, too. It's starting to feel like he's too high maintenance for me." Teams are to have to decide if he is Randy Gregory or Justin Houston.

Druggies cannot be trusted. "I'm going in and being completely honest," Williams said. "This is a billion-dollar industry. They've got all their homework and they know everything about you. You can't go in there and just be dishonest, because a first impression is a last impression. So far they've respected me for that." So he better know that he is maybe the top designated rusher prospect in the Draft, but then he got high.

Additional Notes:

Previously Released: Williams is a quick twitch rusher who wins fast. Those are the guys who play in the NFL for a long time. "Not a special athlete, just a hell of a football player," a scout said. "Knows how to play." He can dip and rip around the Corner as fast as anyone in this Draft. But he has to get bigger and stronger. It might take him a few years to develop the size and strength he needs. He seemed to get worse every year.

Pure speed and explosion rusher, but he is a troubling prospect from a lot of angles. "He's like the Predator," A scout said. " When he's allowed to do just one thing, get the quarterback, he is really good at it. Don't ask him to do much more than that, though. He's [not] going to be a high-rep player, and I don't know if NFL defenses are going to trust him to do more than just rush." He had some off the field issues, and didn't produce like expect this past season. 

Combine: I think he ran his way out of the 1st round. Nice quick feet out in space. Screwed up the drill at Combine. He looked unprepared. Elite natural talent, who just doesn't prepare enough to go in the 1st. He can really bend and turn. He was ultra quick in hybrid drill.

Game by Game 2016: USC: Recorded two tackles and one quarterback hurry against the Trojans ... helped pressure the SC passers into an 18-of-37 day that included one pick and only 130 yards through the air. Western Kentucky: Pressured the WKU quarterback off the edge but did not record any stats ... helped force the Hilltopper signal-callers into two interceptions by day’s end. Ole Miss: Had his biggest game of the year, finishing with two tackles, including a sack (-9 yards) and a forced fumble ... his hit on the Rebel quarterback forced a fumble that went into the arms of Jonathan Allen and was returned for the eventual winning score. Kent State: Finished his half of play with two tackles, including half a stop for loss (-4 yards) ... also added a season-high and career-high tying two quarterback hurries during his playing time. Kentucky: Played in only one half, but made the most of his time ... finished with four tackles ... three of his tackles went for a loss (-14 yards) to set a new career high ... added one sack (-1) and two quarterback hurries while forcing a fumble ... played a key role in stalling the Wildcat offense for only 87 total yards in the second half. Arkansas: Scored his first career touchdown, picking up a fumble and returning it 23 yards for a score ... also added one sack (-10 yards), a pass breakup and a pair of quarterback hurries ... tied for the game high in quarterback pressures to help the Tide defense accumulate a season-high 12 quarterback hurries. Tennessee: Finished with two tackles, both for loss (-20 yards) and one sack (-17 yards) ... applied consistent pressure off the edge to help limit the Volunteers to 131 yards passing. Texas A&M: Wreaked havoc all over the field with two sacks for a loss of 27 yards and three total tackles ... added a quarterback hurry as the high-powered Aggies managed only 278 yards of total offense. LSU: Helped the Crimson Tide shutout the Tigers’ high-powered offense ... had 1.5 tackles for loss (-3 yards), including half of a sack ... finished with four total tackles while helping limit LSU to just 92 yards passing and 125 total yards. Mississippi State: Recorded two tackles for loss (14 yards), including his team-leading eighth sack of the season ... helped force the Bulldogs’ quarterback into a 61.15 passer rating. Chattanooga: Registered one tackle for a loss of 12 yards as the Tide limited the Mocs to just 184 yards and just 70 yards on the ground. Auburn: Spotted the stat sheet against the Tigers, finishing with one tackle for loss (-3 yards) while adding one quarterback hurry and a pass breakup ... helped limit the high-powered Auburn offense to 182 total yards ... Alabama also held the Tigers -- who entered the game leading the SEC in rushing -- to just 66 yards rushing or 232 yards less than its season average. Florida: Collected a pair of tackles, including half a sack (-4 yards) ... also added one quarterback pressure ... his pressure off the edge helped force three interceptions by the Gator quarterback. Washington: Spent all night in the Husky backfield, forcing quick decisions from the UW quarterback ... finished with two tackles, including half a sack (-5 yards) ... his disruptive play was key in the Tide defense limiting the high-powered Washington offense to only 194 total yards and seven points. Clemson: Totaled two tackles against the Tigers in the CFP National Championship.

Tim Williams VS LSU:

He has a nice inside move, where he pops the OLT back with speed to power, and then breaks inside. Which is so important for him, because he is a pure sprinter turning the corner to the QB. So anything else he can do to hit the QB is huge (:01). When he has a lane to the QB, no one gets there faster. He can set the edge sometimes and send the RB inside (:29). He can pick up the FB and tackle him for a loss once he catches the ball outside in front of him.

He can get low and outside and set the edge and make the tackle on the off tackle run to his side. When he played strong he looks like a top ten pick (:38). He has learned to fight off the ORT with his hands, set the edge, and shed and make the tackle. Nice job dragging the OLT inside, when Foster blitzed outside of him (1:16). He danced around the ORT like he was a stature on run downs as well sometimes. He is so quick. He has the Tasmanian Devil's quick twitch. He can chip the WR faking the jet sweep, and then go and hit the QB as he throws. 

He has an amazingly quick swim that puts him on the ORT's back. He can swim over the ORT, see it is a run inside the ORT, and literally complete the 360 and tackle the RB from behind. There are just not a lot of guys who can move like him on the field with a 320-pound tackle pushing and fighting him (:38). He is an elite athlete.

Williams Vs LSU:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6N_EVQbnHU0

Tim Williams VS Washington:

He is a pure speed rusher. The kind that succeeds in the NFL (1:11). He will cover the TE sometimes, or zone out to the flat. He was dropping in coverage more against Washington (1:19). . He is so fast to the QB, but he has to put on some more weight on, but he really has elite COD (1:45). He is one of those guys who seems to move faster than every one else on the field. He has a great inside swim that can make Tackles miss (2:31). He is guy you want to just line up on the edge and let go upfield, and if he can keep using that inside Swim he could win a lot in the NFL. That's three.

He is so fast to the QB when he can sprint to the corner can dip and rip (3:36). He can run straight up field, dip under the ORT, and take a right angle turn into the QB (3:47). He needs to use that speed to the corner more consistently (3:57). He can burst past the ORT so quick that even though the RB chipped him he panicked the QB into a bad throw (4:10). He is likely to be a designated rusher only in the NFL. Certainly early in his career, he will be too much of a liability against the run to put him in on 1st downs. 

Williams Vs Washington:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjFv85_365U

Tim Williams VS Tennessee:

When he used his explosion to get the ORT off balance, he could cut inside of him with elite athleticism, and turn up field and hit the QB (:01). Nice job keeping his shoulder squared and moving down the line in run game (:09). He is so light on his feet  (:20). Nice inside shoulder club on inside move. He can set the edge on the bigger ORT (:33). And make the tackle. 

Elite burst and speed to the edge on a low Dip (:43). He was at his best when he was moving. Whenever he had to stop he could struggle quickly (:55). When teams lined up two tight ends in front of him, he can make them look silly. Not a very good inside stunter (1:37). He played with some nasty. 

Williams Vs Tenn:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hkBR9isLd8

Tim Williams VS A&M:

Nice little rip move on the edge (:01). He can put a little speed to power (:28). He has such great speed upfield (:39). He has a much better burst inside to hit the RB than I remember (:47). Great COD shoving off blockers (1:21). He can work through the double by the RB, and ORT and still get to the QB (1:31). When he is on, there are not a lot of guys who are twitchier moving to the QB.

He has elite explosion inside (2:31). He is so good at speed to power that he can jam the OLT back with one hand. He loves to use the Rip. He can work through the double by the TE, and rip past the ORT, and still get to the QB.

When he guesses the snap, he is by the ORT faster than anyone (2:40). When he is on, he is relentless to the QB (3:15).  Nice little hop over swim moving in the rush. I love how his feet and hands are always moving in the rush (4:11). He will move laterally inside to get in front of the RB (4:35). He can put speed to power. Elite lateral burst inside that can make the ORT miss, and he can use to pound the ORG off his feet backwards (4:50). He moves through space with great twitch.

Elite explosion off the snap that he can use to run by the ORT. He has some quick hands that he can use to keep blocker's hands off his shirt. When blockers can't grab his shirt he can look like the best rusher in this Draft (5:19). There are times when he looks like the best rusher in the Draft, and has some of the best arc agility I've seen.

Williams Vs A&M:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QF0AXmZ2lFc

Williams' Bio:

2016 (Senior): A disruptive force on the outside for the Crimson Tide ... earned second team All-America honors from the Associated Press and Sports Illustrated ... named to the All-SEC second team by the conference coaches and the Associated Press ... was a candidate for the Butkus Award and midseason All-American by Sports Illustrated ... tabbed to the Bednarik, Lott, Nagurski, Butkus and Lombardi Award Preseason Watch Lists ... collected 31 total tackles and added nine sacks (-97 yards) to tie for second on the team ... 51.6 percent of his tackles came behind the line of scrimmage with 16 tackles for loss (-125 yards) ... also had 12 quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and a pair of pass breakups ... added one fumble recovery which he returned 23 yards for his first career score ... selected as one of the UA coaching staff’s defensive players of the week for his outings against Kentucky and at Arkansas. USC: Recorded two tackles and one quarterback hurry against the Trojans ... helped pressure the SC passers into an 18-of-37 day that included one pick and only 130 yards through the air. Western Kentucky: Pressured the WKU quarterback off the edge but did not record any stats ... helped force the Hilltopper signal-callers into two interceptions by day’s end. Ole Miss: Had his biggest game of the year, finishing with two tackles, including a sack (-9 yards) and a forced fumble ... his hit on the Rebel quarterback forced a fumble that went into the arms of Jonathan Allen and was returned for the eventual winning score. Kent State: Finished his half of play with two tackles, including half a stop for loss (-4 yards) ... also added a season-high and career-high tying two quarterback hurries during his playing time. Kentucky: Played in only one half, but made the most of his time ... finished with four tackles ... three of his tackles went for a loss (-14 yards) to set a new career high ... added one sack (-1) and two quarterback hurries while forcing a fumble ... played a key role in stalling the Wildcat offense for only 87 total yards in the second half. Arkansas: Scored his first career touchdown, picking up a fumble and returning it 23 yards for a score ... also added one sack (-10 yards), a pass breakup and a pair of quarterback hurries ... tied for the game high in quarterback pressures to help the Tide defense accumulate a season-high 12 quarterback hurries. Tennessee: Finished with two tackles, both for loss (-20 yards) and one sack (-17 yards) ... applied consistent pressure off the edge to help limit the Volunteers to 131 yards passing. Texas A&M: Wreaked havoc all over the field with two sacks for a loss of 27 yards and three total tackles ... added a quarterback hurry as the high-powered Aggies managed only 278 yards of total offense. LSU: Helped the Crimson Tide shutout the Tigers’ high-powered offense ... had 1.5 tackles for loss (-3 yards), including half of a sack ... finished with four total tackles while helping limit LSU to just 92 yards passing and 125 total yards. Mississippi State: Recorded two tackles for loss (14 yards), including his team-leading eighth sack of the season ... helped force the Bulldogs’ quarterback into a 61.15 passer rating. Chattanooga: Registered one tackle for a loss of 12 yards as the Tide limited the Mocs to just 184 yards and just 70 yards on the ground. Auburn: Spotted the stat sheet against the Tigers, finishing with one tackle for loss (-3 yards) while adding one quarterback hurry and a pass breakup ... helped limit the high-powered Auburn offense to 182 total yards ... Alabama also held the Tigers -- who entered the game leading the SEC in rushing -- to just 66 yards rushing or 232 yards less than its season average. Florida: Collected a pair of tackles, including half a sack (-4 yards) ... also added one quarterback pressure ... his pressure off the edge helped force three interceptions by the Gator quarterback. Washington: Spent all night in the Husky backfield, forcing quick decisions from the UW quarterback ... finished with two tackles, including half a sack (-5 yards) ... his disruptive play was key in the Tide defense limiting the high-powered Washington offense to only 194 total yards and seven points. Clemson: Totaled two tackles against the Tigers in the CFP National Championship.

2015 (Junior): Developed into a dangerous weapon rushing the passer, ranking fifth in the SEC with .70 sacks per game ... also ranked second on the team with 10.5 sacks (-78 yards) ... added 12.5 tackles for loss (-92 yards), four quarterback hurries and one pass breakup ... recognized as one of the defensive players of the week by the UA coaching staff for his game against ULM. ULM: Notched two total stops, including 0.5 sack (-2 yards) as part of his 1.5 tackles for a loss (-12) yards ... also added a quarterback hurry. Georgia: A force off the edge, recorded a sack for -3 yards while also breaking up a pass at the line of scrimmage. Arkansas: Recorded one tackle on the night off the bench, but made it count, notching a sack for an eight-yard loss. Texas A&M: Played a significant role in limiting the Aggies to a season-low 23 points ... recorded two total tackles, including 1.5 for a loss (-8 yards) ... also added one sack (-5 yards) to the Tide’s season-high total of six. Tennessee: Added depth to the Crimson Tide defensive attack ... notched one tackle against the Vols ... provided another pass rush option on an Alabama defense that recorded five sacks and eight quarterback hurries by day’s end. LSU: Spent the night in the Tiger backfield, finishing with one tackle, including half a sack (-2 yards) and one quarterback hurry ... helped pressure the LSU signal caller into a 6-for-19 day with one pick. Mississippi State: Recorded five tackles, including two for a loss (-12 yards) and 1.5 sacks (-11 yards) - all career-high marks ... ranked third on the team for sacks in a game that saw the Crimson Tide defense record a season-high nine. Charleston Southern: Played in a limited capacity against the Buccaneers and did not record any stats. Auburn: Made his two stops on the day count, recording two sacks (-23 yards) and adding two quarterback hurries ... played a key role in helping limit the Tigers to only 3-of-15 on third down conversions. Florida: Was dangerous coming off the edge, recording two sacks (-14 yards) on the day ... spent the entire day in the backfield, helping limit the Gator quarterback to 9-of-24 passing, including one pick. Michigan State: Continued to be a disruptive force in the backfield ... recorded one sack (-10 yards), and at least half a sack in each of his last five full games played ... helped force the Spartan quarterback into two interceptions and a 19-for-32 day with his pressure off the edge. Clemson: Made his way into the Tiger backfield on numerous occasions but did not record any stats.

2014 (Sophomore): A versatile defender who played in 12 games ... finished with five tackles on the season, including 1.5 sacks (-24 yards) and four quarterback hurries. FAU: Recorded two assisted tackles in the game for a defense that gave up just 57 rushing yards. Texas A&M: Made one half sack for a loss (-7 yards) ... registered his first career quarterback hurry. Mississippi State: Had one quarterback hurry in the Tide’s win over the No. 1-ranked Bulldogs. Western Carolina: Registered one sack for a loss of 17 yards. Auburn: Came on late in the game as a pass-rushing specialist ... made one solo tackle and recorded one quarterback hurry. Missouri: Had one quarterback hurry in the fourth quarter against the Tigers.

2013 (Freshman): Made his first appearance for the Tide in the season’s third game against Colorado State … played in seven games, including CSU, Ole Miss, Georgia State, Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee and Chattanooga ... finished with three tackles, one for a 9-yard loss. Georgia State: Made first tackle of his career against the Panthers, dropping the ball carrier for a loss of nine yards. Arkansas: Had one solo tackle coming off the bench against the Hogs. Chattanooga: Recorded one assisted tackle in the Tide’s 49-0 victory.

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