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NFL scout compares former Alabama LB Tim Williams to the Predator

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Former Alabama linebacker Tim Williams has been credited by many for his freakish athletic ability. But one NFC area scout took the praise to another level.

“He’s like the Predator,” the scout told NFL.com. “When he’s allowed to do just one thing – get the quarterback – he is really good at it. Don’t ask him to do much more than that, though. He’s going to be a high-rep player and I don’t know if NFL defenses are going to trust him to do more than just rush.”

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He’s also drawn comparisons to former SEC star Leonard Floyd.

Here’s NFL.com’s bottom line analysis on Williams:

“Alabama has the type of talent and scheme on defense that can make life much easier for everyone along the front seven, but Williams has explosiveness and pass-rush talent to create his own havoc as a pass rusher regardless of what is around him. Scouts say he is lighter than his listed weight and needs to prove he can play with increased toughness in order to reach his potential. Williams’ career might be as a pass-rush specialist, but he’s talented enough at that endeavor to become a dangerous rush linebacker in the NFL.”

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Williams received a pre-draft grade of 6.04 on NFL.com, which meets the criteria of “should become an instant stater.” The senior linebacker recorded 31 tackles, nine sacks, 16 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery for a touchdown in 2016.

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