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Pass rusher preview: Tim Williams

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Williams could challenge Carl Lawson as the 2nd best pass rusher in the class

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Tim Williams is a senior outside linebacker for the Alabama Crimson Tide. He has posted eight sacks this season and two forced fumbles.

What he does best:

Williams is without a doubt a top tier athlete. But what makes him a blue chip prospect is the use of his hands. While Carl Lawson's pack more raw power, Williams is extremely consistent with the placement of his hands. His one arm rush is devastating because he consistently finds the breastplate of offensive tackles. His athleticism allows him to get tackles to open their hips. When their hands come down, Williams' are up, with blinding quickness. His athleticism and the “torque” he has in his hips then take over, and from there his bull rush is unstoppable.

Where he needs to improve:

Williams needs to fill out his upper body. Unlike Lawson who weighs in the 260s, at first glance, Williams does not look like he tips the 250 pound scales. Alabama's school listings have him at 237 lbs. When he faces tackles that have the ability to anchor down, or match his athleticism and mirror with quick feet, Williams will have difficulty generating the same amount of pressure he does in college.

Where to watch him:

Williams and Alabama will be seen in the College Football Playoff. The opponent has yet to be decided but Williams will feature on the biggest stage.

Fit with the Ravens:

Like Lawson, Williams is the prototypical 3-4 outside linebacker. He presents another excellent fit as the rush linebacker and heir apparent to Terrell Suggs.