You might have already seen the news but we’re nothing but diligent come draft time. The Pittsburgh Steelers continue their OLB tour, reportedly conducting a private workout with Alabama OLB Tim Williams. Jared Tokarz first dropped the news.
— Jared Tokarz (@NFLDraftInsider) April 7, 2017
Williams was a primary pass rusher for the Crimson Tide and an impact player his senior year. He ended the year with 31 tackles, 16 of those for a loss, with nine sacks. That followed up an 11 TFL, 9.5 sack season in 2015. His combine was average to a bit below, running a 4.68 with a 1.64 ten split at 244 pounds. He jumped 10’3″ in the broad and 7.36 in the three cone.
The biggest issue with Williams, something we’ve discussed before on here, comes off the field. Rumors swirled around him in college over drug issues and admitted it – to his credit for the honesty – at this year’s Combine. He said he failed more than drug test in college.
Here’s what he told reporters via Al.com.
“Oh, yeah. I have failed some. A young player, making decisions that I grew from. That’s all about life, being a man and owning up to your situations — owning up to your mistakes because everybody makes some. I’m not here laughing around and joking. I know I have something to prove.”
Williams’ stock is bit all over the map but most see him as an early to mid second round selection. There is still an outside chance the Steelers could take him at 30 and obviously, the team has a serious level of interest.