Steelers Host Tim Williams, Tanoh Kpassagnon For Pre-Draft Visits On Tuesday

The Pittsburgh Steelers are hosting two more pre-draft visitors on Tuesday and both play of the defensive side of the football.

According to Bob Labriola of, linebacker Tim Williams and defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon are both in town visiting with the team.

Williams, who recorded 21 sacks in the 49 career games that he played in at Alabama, measured in at this years scouting combine at 6027, 244-pounds with 32 3/4-inch arms. He ran the 40-yard-dash in 4.68 seconds in addition to posting a 33.5-inch vertical jump.

During the combine, Williams admitted he failed multiple drug tests while playing at Alabama. While he was never suspended by Alabama for those failed tests, he was held out of the first half of the Tide’s game against Kentucky following his arrest for carrying a pistol without a permit.

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert was present at the Alabama pro day this year.

Kpassagnon recorded 22 sacks in the 41 games that he played in at Villanova. At the combine he measured in at 6060, 289-pounds with 35 5/8-inch arms.

The Steelers have shown a lot of interest in Kpassagnon throughout the pre-draft process and thus it’s not surprising to see him being one of the team’s 30 allotted visitors.

2017 NFL Draft Player Profiles: Alabama EDGE Tim Williams

2017 NFL Draft Player Profiles: Villanova DE Tanoh Kpassagnon

  • Spencer Krick

    Well, I like Tanoh.

    Nervous about Williams.

  • AndyR34

    Yes, but…where do you play Kpassagnon? He’s too big for OLB, IMHO, and is a rather high draft choice to play back-up DE. Situational pass rusher? I think you only draft him if you think you can’t re-sign Tuitt. As for Williams…just say no.

  • Michael James

    Oh God, I really hope they don’t do something stupid and draft Williams.
    Only usable in passing-situations, already 24 years old, reportedly had serious problems understanding the Alabama playbook, tooth picks as arms, drug problems and several other character red flags. Simply no.
    He’s so low on my wish list, I would even take an insane reach like Davis Webb over him in the first and let me tell you: I wholeheartedly hate the idea of picking Webb in the first.

  • Pghomer

    Tanoh may turn out to be the best pass rusher in this draft. I’ll take that and find a place for him. I think we need special athletes and suit scheme to fit them. I think that would require same from Obi if we’d draft him too.

  • Spencer Krick

    So the worst case scenario is we draft another pass rushing DLineman in the 3rd round?

    I don’t see the downside to this.

  • Ace

    Third round I could get on board with. I thought he was a round 2 guy, not sure he would make it to the end of round 3. But who knows. As mentioned, I don’t know where he fits. Can he drop into coverage as an OLB or is he strictly a pass rusher?

  • capehouse

    Not every player brought in for a visit will get drafted in rd 1. Lets say the Steelers pass on OLB in rd 1, and lets say Barnett, Charlton, Watt, Rivers, Lawson, McKinley, Willis and Harris are all long gone by our 2nd rd pick, is Tim Williams really a bad option for pick #62?

  • capehouse

    Kpassagnon is the type of player I jump on their hype train every year, but by the time we pick in rd 3 he’ll be overdrafted long before by someone in rd 2. Big time project, but I like spending the invite on him.

  • WreckIess

    I can already see that Tim Williams is goning to be that player who is routinely connected to the Steelers that I absolutely 100% don’t want us to pick. In that way(and in that way only) he’s similar to Jarvis Jones.

  • Spencer Krick

    I’ve heard rounds 2-4. As a third round investment, I can definitely get on board with helping the pass rush out.

  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    Yes! And if you are wondering why, “Google” Randy Gregory.

  • Michael Conrad

    I agree with what you said too many problems too pick him. Great fit for the Raiders or Dallas.

  • Michael James

    I wouldn’t even take him in the second round. I listed all my reasons above and I stand by it. I simply don’t want a foul egg, because most of the time they stay foul eggs. In addition, his combine numbers and appearance (complete lack of muscles) was shocking at the combine. That’s also another red flag for me, it doesn’t seem like he was actually working hard to show up in an acceptable form.

  • Michael Conrad

    I would take Obi in the first and Tanoh in the second or third and throw in a CB and RB by the end of the third round and it would be a great draft.

  • falconsaftey43

    yeah, I would not be excited about that pick.

  • WreckIess

    Not even a little. We’re guaranteed to have a handful of players who are way better than him at #30.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Don’t be surprised if both these guys get drafted to us. Starting to see this happening!

  • Lambert58

    Put him on an eating & weights program to play 5 Tech.

  • LucasY59

    One of my favorite players in the draft (Kpass) and one I just dont really like as a possible Steelers pick (the other)

    Tanoh is a guy I think could really be useful for this D, he is talented enough that he could actually get on the field (they are as stubborn about rotating DL as they are in running Bell till his wheels fall off) but is also versatile enough he could get on the field in other ways

    I dont want to bash Williams so all I will say is that I think there will be better options available at the OLB position

  • SoCal Steeler

    I guess this means Williams was impressive in the private workout. but I can’t see taking the risk at 30. At 62, sure I’d bite. As for Kpassagnon, I thought the Steelers would be enamored with him and so am I. He’ll be going in my mock at #105

  • LucasY59

    289 is already heavy enough to play 5 tech (heavier than Heyward and Kiesel when they were drafted)

  • LucasY59

    I think he could drop in a shallow zone or the flat if needed but his strength would be as a pass rusher and getting him on the edge is where his size/length and speed would give him a favorable matchup (but only in a 4 man front for the sub package, I dont think he could play the traditional OLB spot, but is versatile enough to line up anywhere from 3-9 tech) he should also play the traditional 5 tech spot pretty well and would be rotational depth for the DL

    his ceiling seems to be rd 2, but I think most have him as a 3rd rd pick, he had a really impressive combine but didnt get the same kind of hype as some of the other guys that killed it in Indy (Reddick & Melifonwu, but even the Obi hype has cooled some and I think there is a good chance he is still available for pick #30) I think Kpass will fall a little because he has a small school background and is a bit Raw as well, so I think there is a realistic shot of him being available at pick #94 (or maybe 105?) would also understand if a team picked him much earlier

  • LucasY59

    he has versatility to play a few different positions (or techniques) he probably should play OLB in the base 3-4, but in a sub 4 man front he can play anywhere other than a 1 tech, probably best as a edge guy 7 tech (and could drop in coverage on some plays if needed) but could also line up against a OG as a 3 tech and do well because of his size/length and quickness, he would also be a very good 5 tech so even though he is depth he would be good enough to actually rotate with the starters (without such a drop off that they refuse to take the starters out) so IMO he is worth the 3rd rd pick

  • Lambert58

    Not for his frame. He’s 6’7. Needs a little sand in the pants.

  • Donte Williams

    yeah i like tanoh as well

  • Ryan Alderman

    Would not be surprised if they pick Williams in the first.

  • Ryan Alderman

    I’m not sure what to make of Williams either.

  • Ryan Alderman

    Mega talented, though, and clearly we remain very interested. If he’s there bet we take him, will stand by that.

  • Rocksolid20

    Or Bengals

  • popsiclesticks

    And then Google Justin Houston and tyrann Mathieu