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Steelers bring in controversial Alabama pass rusher Tim Williams for pre-draft visit

The Pittsburgh Steelers hosted a pair of defensive prospects Tuesday, and one of those was the controversial Tim Williams from Alabama.

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When it comes to Tim Williams, pass rusher from Alabama, there aren’t many differing views of him. There is the camp who views Williams as a liability on, and off, the field, drawing comparisons to Jarvis Jones, and the camp who thinks he would be a perfect fit for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Regardless of which side of the fence you reside, the Steelers have shown a tremendous amount of interest in Williams. They met with him at the NFL Scouting Combine, watched him at his pro day, had a private workout with him and have brought him in for an official pre-draft visit.

Williams, who has had some off-field drug issues, will likely be asked several difficult questions relating to the topic as the team tries to decipher whether the production on the field is worth the potential headache off it.

This was the case when they drafted Martavis Bryant out of Clemson. He was a superb talent, but issues off the field had him fall to the mid-rounds of the draft process. Clearly, those issues have hindered his production at the NFL level, and the Steelers probably don’t want to jump down that rabbit hole again.

However, it should be noted Williams wasn’t the only player in for a visit Tuesday. Tanoh Kpassagnon of Villanova was the other visitor at the team’s headquarters, and he is a primarily a 4-3 defensive end who is versatile to both play the edge, and possibly the interior in specific sub packages.

While some might suggest Williams is worth a try in Round 1, most analysts predict both players as Day 2 talents, meaning they would be drafted in either the 2nd or 3rd rounds.

Want to stay current with the Steelers’ pre-draft visits? Check out our BTSC Prospect Tracker.