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NFL Mock Draft 2017: Colts projected to take Alabama linebacker Tim Williams

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Last night’s national championship game between Clemson and Alabama turned into an instant classic, as Clemson won it 35-31 on a touchdown pass with one second left. It was a great game for any football fan, but for NFL fans and Colts fans there was plenty of potential NFL talent on the field last night as well.

For a team like the Colts that in particular needs a lot of defensive help, there was plenty of talent on the field last night as well. And in his latest mock draft yesterday morning, SB Nation’s Dan Kadar projects the Colts to take Alabama outside linebacker Tim Williams.

It seems like the Colts just can’t manage to put together a complete offensive line. A player to fit the right side would be good to pair with Joe Haeg, who can play guard or tackle. At linebacker, a pass rusher is needed. A running back would be a nice fit because Frank Gore’s career is winding down, and Robert Turbin is little more than a backup.

The Colts desperately need pass rush help, and that’s what Williams’s strength is. He’s been a good pass rusher at Alabama, and in the last two years he’s recorded 19.5 sacks. He racked up 10.5 sacks last year, and this season he added nine sacks and two forced fumbles. The 6-4, 237 pound linebacker is projected to be a first round pick, and as a guy with pass rush skills he could rise up some draft boards in the coming months.

He would be a good pick for the Colts, mainly because of how much they need pass rushers. There’s still a long way to go before the draft, however, so there’s a ton that will change. This surely won’t be the last time we see Williams in a mock draft associated with the Colts, however, and that’s because he’d fit a huge position of need.