Carter’s Classroom draft profile: Tim Williams, edge rusher


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Tim Williams (56) is one of the best pure edge rushers in the draft class, but does that overshadow his issues off the field? - AP

As we continue our search through the 2017 NFL draft class for the best pass rushers available to the Steelers, we turn our focus to Alabama's Tim Williams.

Williams was a player that was electric for Alabama as he totaled 9.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss in 2015 and nine sacks with 16 tackles for loss in 2016. Those 16 tackles for loss were the fourth most of any defensive player in the SEC last season.

While the numbers alone may not seem amazing, they look even better considering he only played about 60 percent of the snaps at his position in most games.

There are reasons for him not being an every down player, but also plenty of reasons why Alabama could not deny him playing time despite having solid depth at the position.

We get into all that, starting with a review of his combine performance:

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