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Mike Preston: Tim Williams is a playmaker and worth the gamble for the Ravens

A lot of NFL fans think playmakers only come from the offensive side of the ball, but the Ravens may have selected one of the biggest in college football over the weekend when they drafted Alabama's Tim Williams with the No. 78 pick in the third round.

There are those who are miffed by the pick because Williams, a prolific edge rusher, reportedly failed multiple drug tests while at Alabama and also had a misdemeanor gun possession charge. Those offenses can't be ignored, but this is the National Football League. There are no choir boys here. Pore over any NFL roster and you will find a couple of players carrying similar excessive baggage, especially in Pittsburgh and...

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