Sporting News 2017 Mock Draft: Steelers Select OLB Tim Williams At 30

Sports Illustrated just came out with an updated mock draft and I know you guys are always interested in that kind of info to quench your thirst during the offseason. They have the Pittsburgh Steelers taking Alabama OLB Tim Williams in the first round.

Here’s author Vinnie Iyer’s explanation for the pick.

“Pittsburgh can keep adding to its young, swarming defense with yet another first round-worthy Crimson Tide stud. Williams’ quickness and explosiveness matches what the Steelers have piled up at the position.”

An outside linebacker is a logical and common choice for the Steelers. This year’s draft is full of edge rushers in the back end of the first round, giving Pittsburgh a ton of options when the time comes. In the SI mock, edge rushers go in four straight picks around the Steelers, from 28 to 31.

Ahead of Williams went Missouri’s Charles Harris and UCLA’s Takk McKinley while Carl Lawson went one pick after Pittsburgh to the Atlanta Falcons.

Our Daniel Valente wrote up Williams’ scouting report early this month. Check out his whole profile at this link but here is how he summed Williams up.

“Overall, Williams’ is an extremely talented outside linebacker with many great skills and tools. Williams’ possesses a great swim move fueled by great speed and explosiveness, while also being on his way to being a capable run defender. Williams’ size and athleticism will leave him heavily sought on draft day. The only reason why Williams would not be pursued early would be his off-field issues, which are hopefully a thing of the past.”

Those off the field issues include an arrest for illegally having a handgun and possessing a small amount of marijuana. There are rumors and reports about a more serious drug history. You can bet he’ll have to answer those questions when he interviews with teams at the Combine.

Last season, he racked up 16 TFL and nine sacks to be apart of one of the NCAA’s best defenses.


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  • The Truth

    I hope they avoid drafting this guy.

  • Doug

    Whoever they end up picking, let’s just avoid freaking out immediately after the selection. People were yelling to fire Colbert after picking Burns, and that turned out pretty well.

  • Alex Kozora

    Good advice. Not going to happen.

  • Rocksolid20

    Why , they said he was arrested for marijuana , should fit right in with Bell and Bryant .

  • Josh

    yeah, Artie Burns and Ryan Shazier picks were like Colbert just walked in wearing a “cool band you never heard of” t-shirt. but they worked out

  • Aj Gentile

    He’s going to have to answer a lot of questions about his past

  • george

    Plus he has a gun so he can protect his OLB coach while they cruise the southside bars.

  • PaeperCup

    But we could have had Andrew Billings!

  • PaeperCup

    Supposedly a top 10 talent, might be worth the pick. I just don’t know about these Alabama players though, they were so good as a collective group I just can’t tell if there success was built off of eachother.

  • Rocksolid20


  • Darth Blount 47

    Hey Alex, any chance you or one of the gang can do a draft profile on DB/S Nathan Gerry from Nebraska? I know you guys mentioned previously in some articles for us to give a shout-out if there was someone we’d personally like to see broken down. Thanks! I’d look forward to seeing it.

  • Joey

    Heard we get a 3rd round comp pick


    No thanks – already got a guy with criminal issues.
    And we are NOT the Cowboys or Bengals!!


    Assuming that your comment is AGAINST Billings as a prospect, I would warn you (and others) against discounting him too quickly – he was hurt last year but could certainly come back to bite us right in BBs ass.

  • capehouse

    What are his criminal issues?

  • Alex Kozora

    Comment of the day.

  • Alex Kozora

    At some point, hopefully! Keep reminding us.

  • RickM

    He was caught in a car in late September carrying a gun without a permit and there was a reek of marijuana from the car. The other guy in the car said it was his and he was charged with marijuana possession.

    A couple of sports analysts have speculated he’ll drop into the 2nd round because he has had many positive drug tests and has ‘Randy Gregory-like’ substance abuse issues. I have no idea if it’s true, but that’s the rumor out there.


    Thx Rick – u beat me to it!!!

  • Joeybaggadonuts

    They need a “Barn Boss.” Good leadership keep him in line. We can’t draft all choirboys

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    That’s the knock against them. They’re surrounded by so much talent it can be hard to judge them. I remember Hightower being a victim of that. The malaise of Trent Richardson’s career just keeps lingering around.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    The Gregory comparison has me worried.

  • RickM

    Me as well. But I hesitated even repeating that, as you never know what rumors are legit and what aren’t. The car situation appears a given, but who knows about all the rest of the stuff. I guess teams will make their own determinations.

  • PaeperCup

    I’m just saying that was a favorite pick of the fans here, turns out we could have had him in the 4th if we wanted….along with a CB in the first.

  • PaeperCup

    But then you have guys like Mosley that are the real deal.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    The investigations by the team will have them knowing a lot more about these guys than we will. Didn’t help the Cowgirls though lol. This guy looks a little skinny though and without seeing him I don’t know if he has the frame to build on . Boom or bust material here.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    For sure, I actually think the arrow has swung and is pointing up for Bama players. Moseley’s draft stock seemed to be negatively affected by being at Bama.


    Yup. It was strange – he went from top half of the first rd to rd4.
    SOMETHING happened that we still don’t know about.

  • Keith Evans

    our recent top ends of drafts have been littered with high character guys, so i would be amazed if we buck the trend here.

  • Matt Manzo

    I don’t see the FO wanting another guy with weed issues. But I don’t know all the details of Williams’ past.

  • The Truth

    That’s exactly why. Another idiot pothead on the team, who may or may not miss games due to willful stupidity.

  • Big Joe

    Nope. Guy is too inconsistent as an OLB and isn’t a prospect I would draft in Rd 1. A lot of these guys from Alabama, not all to be fair, are products of the scheme they were in. I watched a lot of Bama games and just wasn’t impressed with him.

  • capehouse

    So he owned a gun without a permit. That’s the extent of his criminal issues?

  • Ryan Alderman

    And maybe you, too???

  • Ryan Alderman


  • Thomas

    We have shown time and time again we cannot rehab guys with weed problems. He will not succeed with us.

  • George Hareras

    And the handgun with former steeler Plaxico

  • SilverSteel

    Yeah, Billings held a grudge that he dropped so low in the draft and swore vengeance on the teams that passed on him. That sounds like the person I wish McCullers would be – get nasty Big Mac,

  • SilverSteel

    And we probably could have used him late in the season for sure.