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Steelers visiting with Tim Williams, who has his own off-field concerns

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While he hasn’t gotten the attention of a Joe Mixon, Alabama outside linebacker Tim Williams also presents a bit of a quandary for NFL teams this spring, as they try to weigh obvious production against the uncertainty created by off-field issues.

But while Mixon has become the face of the topic this year because of the video of him punching a woman in the face, Williams has his own baggage which teams have to consider. “All” he did was fail multiple drug tests while in college, along with a gun charge last year, so he’s not widely considered as radioactive in some corners as Mixon might be.

According to Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Williams is visiting with the Steelers today as they try to gauge the risk vs. reward.

If you can isolate the football, he seems a good fit there, a pure pass-rusher who had nine sacks and 16 tackles for loss last year. But he knows when he meets with teams, that’s not the main topic.

“I’m a young player. I made decisions that I grew from,” Williams said at the Scouting Combine. “It’s all about being a man, owning up to your situations, owning up to your mistakes. I’m not here laughing around joking. I know I’ve got something to prove. I’m obviously behind the 8-ball so I’m here to prove not only to myself but to every organization that if they take me, they’re going to get the best player here.”

There are other concerns about Williams, including how good a run defender he can be. But there comes a point when talent makes teams forget.

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18 Responses to “Steelers visiting with Tim Williams, who has his own off-field concerns”
  1. loudpackmatt says: Apr 11, 2017 12:14 PM

    perfect steeler plug him right in to the play dirty scheme

  2. bassplucker says: Apr 11, 2017 12:15 PM

    Bama fan here and I absolutely would steer clear of this guy. He doesn’t seem to have the support system or mental makeup to keep his off-field life under control and if he bombs out on the field (a real possibility unless he goes to a defense like Bama’s that is supremely talented already), things could get ugly in a hurry.

  3. factschecker says: Apr 11, 2017 12:15 PM

    Lesson.

    If your past issues have been failed drug tests, avoid using the word 8-ball.

  4. chippys lost binky says: Apr 11, 2017 12:37 PM

    ‘But there comes a point when talent makes teams forget.’

    Not a problem getting to that point for the stealers. They start out there, while their fans call out other teams for it when they finally arrive.

  5. 345snarkavenue says: Apr 11, 2017 12:38 PM

    seems like the perfect guy for Joey Porter to mentor.

  6. ariani1985 says: Apr 11, 2017 12:45 PM

    2 yard tom is sweating with this news!

  7. PFT loves the Steelers says: Apr 11, 2017 12:57 PM

    Typical Steeler material. Dirty player with off-field issues.

  8. tylawspick6 says: Apr 11, 2017 1:09 PM

    Baltimore., Cincy, Jets, Pitt, INdy, NYGs or Dallas will draft him.

    Perfect for the good ol’ boys club owners on Park Ave in bed with Goodell.

    Nothing applies to these franchises when it comes to rules being fair.

  9. whodey420 says: Apr 11, 2017 1:11 PM

    Perfect Stooler/Yinzer 🙂

  10. tedmurph says: Apr 11, 2017 1:29 PM

    Wow, ‘2 yard Tom’. That really hurts my feelings.

  11. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 11, 2017 1:35 PM

    If this young man does indeed have issues, being s Steeler would be the best thing for him. He would benefit greatly from being part of the classiest, most successful team in the NFL.

    Can you imagine how his life would spiral downward if he was mentored by Burfict and Pacman everyday, or how frustrated he’d get playing for a Ravens squad that might eek out another 5-win season, or if he joined the pats and was told to cheat and compromise his morals everyday.

  12. ajigel says: Apr 11, 2017 1:47 PM

    Failed drug tests and being targeted by the Steelers? I guess we know who will caught with Le’veon Bell mid season now that Blount has moved on.

  13. 345snarkavenue says: Apr 11, 2017 1:48 PM

    2 yard tom is sweating with this news!

    ——-

    it’s kind of sad that statements like that appear to be the peak of your football enjoyment.

    however one has to admire your loyalty to a perennial loser

  14. metalup666 says: Apr 11, 2017 1:51 PM

    “Baltimore., Cincy, Jets, Pitt, INdy, NYGs or Dallas will draft him.

    Perfect for the good ol’ boys club owners on Park Ave in bed with Goodell.

    Nothing applies to these franchises when it comes to rules being fair.”

    Things seen on the internet today, “smiling makes you live longer,” “why rainbows are important,” and this comment. Let’s get a pole going on which you think is dumber…

  15. citizenstrange says: Apr 11, 2017 2:29 PM

    IMO Tim Williams needs to go to a team with a strong head coach and not just a cheerleader.

    What is the combined number of games that Big Ben, Le’Veon Bell, and Martavis Bryant have missed for disciplinary (not injury) reasons while on Trip Tomlin’s watch?

    BTW how Trip Tomlin himself got away with blatant cheating and blatant lying about cheating without a suspension is a mystery to me. He must have really blown Goodell away with his sweet, sweet, gobbleydegook, gibberish, double-talk just like he did the Rooneys.

  16. dietrich43 says: Apr 11, 2017 3:23 PM

    I’m a Steelers fan, but they are the model of hypocrisy. They won’t spend a first rounder on a guy with issues, but they’d snap him up in the second round. They’re all about character, unless the guy has a lot of talent (Ben, Bell, Harrison). If a player is second or third string and gets in trouble, it’s easy to make a stand.

  17. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Apr 11, 2017 3:36 PM

    Great player. So what if likes to smoke pot? He is a beast on the field.

  18. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 11, 2017 9:08 PM

    dietrich43 says:
    I’m a Steelers fan, but they are the model of hypocrisy.
    ———————
    You, sir, are not a Steelers fan.

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