Tim Williams did not wait long to make a favorable impression.
On the third day of his first training camp, the Ravens rookie outside linebacker beat — in succession — offensive tackles Stephane Nembot, Ronnie Stanley and James Hurst in one-on-one drills, getting inside on the first two and outside on Hurst. On a two-on-two exercise during Friday’s practice, the 6-foot-3, 260-pound Williams pushed back 6-4, 313-pound Maurquice Shakir several yards.
Say what you want about Nembot and Shakir being projects, but Stanley and Hurst are the projected starting left and right tackles, respectively. So Williams’ ability to skate around them is noteworthy.
Surprisingly, Williams, 23, was nonchalant about his performance.
“It was pretty good,” he said. “I’m just learning and going through the motions and learning what I can and just basically learn from the older guys and know that when my number is called, be able to go out and perform.”
The Ravens used their second of two third-round draft picks in April to select Williams after he made 19½ sacks and 28½ tackles for loss in his final two years at Alabama. Williams has been working with former Ravens outside linebacker and coaching intern Adalius Thomas and defensive line coach Joe Cullen, who has been sitting with Williams in many film sessions.
“Coach Joe, he gave me all the confidence in the world,” Williams said, adding that he has tried to incorporate elements from the Kansas City Chiefs’ Justin Houston and the Denver Broncos’ Von Miller into his game. “We watch film and we watch great guys in the NFL and also guys in our room. So I have a model for what to do, and the pass-rushing thing is one. … Basically it’s just going up there and knowing what you’re going to do and having confidence in your move and confidence in your ability.”
Defensive coordinator Dean Pees cautioned that it’s early, but so far he likes what he has seen from Williams.
“Great quick-twitch,” he said. “He’s just what we thought. … He’s the guy that we drafted.”