Tim Williams is viewed as one of the best draft prospects in this year’s class, but he may not be selected until the second round.
It’s not because of his play, however.
According to Walter Football’s Charlie Campbell, who cites league sources, Williams may fall to the second round as a result of “many failed drug tests.” Campbell reports that Williams’ “substance abuse issues are very serious in the realm of Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory.”
Three teams compared the two players’ issues with marijuana, according to Campbell. Walter Football is the first to report such news regarding Williams, and SEC Country will continue to monitor the situation.
In two seasons at Nebraska, Gregory had 119 tackles, 26.5 tackles for loss and 16.5 sacks. He was viewed as one of the draft’s best prospects but fell to the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft after failing multiple drug tests at Nebraska.
Since joining the league, Gregory continued to deal with substance abuse problems.
Williams was not suspended for his reported failed drug tests in Tuscaloosa, but he did sit out of the first half of Alabama’s Kentucky contest following his arrest on a misdemeanor gun possession charge in September.
“This kind of behavior is not condoned in our program,” coach Nick Saban said in a statement after the arrest. “We are currently in the process of reviewing all of the information. Once we have a complete understanding of the situation, we will determine what we need to do in terms of the appropriate discipline.”
On the year, Williams had 31 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and 9 sacks. He ends his career 57 tackles and 20 sacks in 34 games.
According to CBS Sports, Williams is ranked as the No. 1 outside linebacker in the 2017 Draft class, and No. 17 player overall.