We can add an edge rusher to Buffalo’s list of pre-draft visitors. Alabama’s Tim Williams has reportedly visited the team, according to a report two weeks ago by Damond Talbot of NFL Draft Diamonds. Buffalo Rumblings has not yet found a corroborating report from one of the NFL’s beat reporters for this news.
The talented but troubled edge rusher was a key cog in Alabama’s pass rush for the last two seasons, creating 19.5 sacks and 28.5 tackles for loss. On a loaded Crimson Tide defense, however, he wasn’t considered a starter, and was often rotated out of the game for chunks of time.
The 6’3” 244 pound Williams has an excellent burst and serpentine fluidity, using his creativity to consistently win battles against offensive tackles. However, he failed multiple drug tests during his time at Alabama, and that will lead to more questions about why he never claimed a starting role. Expected to test as an elite athlete at the NFL Combine, only the straight-line speed looked exceptional for Williams.
Williams likely sits in the second round of the draft these days. Pass rusher Randy Gregory showed the inherent risk in picking a talented player who would be susceptible to the NFL’s drug suspension policy. If Williams can stay on Roger Goodell’s good side, he could be one of the better players at one of the most important defensive positions in today’s NFL.
And let’s be honest: He checks the boxes for Buffalo.
-Played for a program with National Championship credentials? Check.
-Stat production? Check.
-Last name “Williams?” Check.