Draft Scout Snapshot: 36 tackles, 3 sacks, 3.5 TFL in 05' as backup to Ernie Sims.
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The co-recipient of the Seminoles' Hines-man Award winner, given to the player with the most dominant overall performance, Timmons made the most of his only season as a starter, taking over strong-side outside linebacker duties for departed All-American Ernie Sims (Detroit Lions). Despite never starting a game on defense before his junior year, he was rated the ninth-best outside linebacker in college by ESPN before the 2006 campaign and named to Street & Smith's All-American preseason list.
Timmons was rated the fourth-best outside linebacker in the country by Rivals.com and named to Prep Star's Top 100 team, in addition to picking up Super Prep Elite 50 honors as a senior at Wilson High School. He earned Defensive Player of the Year honors and was the top prep prospect in the state of South Carolina his final season. He played in the 2003 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas that pitted the high school all-stars from North Carolina and South Carolina.
Timmons earned All-State first-team accolades in 2004 after amassing more than 150 tackles and two sacks on defense, and also caught 47 passes for more than 800 yards and five touchdowns as a senior tight end. He added All-State honors as a junior tight end with 42 catches for 680 yards and 14 touchdowns while also recording 95 tackles and four sacks.
The talented linebacker selected Florida State over Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia, playing in 12 games as a reserve in 2004. Seeing action mostly on special teams, he posted 12 tackles (11 solos) with a stop behind the line of scrimmage. He developed into a terror on the coverage units in 2005, blocking two kicks, causing two fumbles and recovering another on special teams. He also registered 35 tackles (17 solos) with three sacks and three pressures playing behind Ernie Sims at strong-side linebacker.
Despite ranking tied for 14th in the nation and finishing second in the league with 18 stops behind the line of scrimmage, Timmons only received All-Atlantic Coast Conference honorable mention in 2006. He started every game at strong-side linebacker, coming up with 79 tackles (42 solos), five sacks and two pressures. He scored on an interception, fumble recovery and blocked punt return while also deflecting six passes and blocking two kicks.
In 38 games at Florida State, Timmons started 13 times. He finished his career with 126 tackles (70 solos), eight sacks for minus-46 yards and 22.5 stops for losses of 90 yards. He was credited with eight quarterback pressures and recovered two fumbles, returning one 36 yards for a score. He had a 22-yard interception return for a touchdown and seven pass deflections. He caused two fumbles, blocked four kicks and gained 94 yards with a touchdown on three blocked punt returns (31.3 avg).
Positives: Has good upper and lower body muscle definition with adequate size and a frame that continues to mature...Possesses great athletic agility, loose hips and good suddenness closing on plays in front of him...Plays with quickness and balance to stay on his feet, showing good flexibility and range to make plays along the sidelines...Smooth open-field runner who plays at a good pad level to leverage...Explosive hitter when he keeps his pads down and has the balance to work through trash...High-energy type who makes plays all over the field based on his instincts...Still learning techniques and getting a more comfortable feel for recognizing the plays quicker, but will not hesitate to step up and take on a lead block...Plays on sheer instincts, but slowly developed a better feel for the game as his junior season progressed...Attacks the ball with a sudden burst, but must learn to play with better control...When he does get his hands on an opponent, he has the strength to leverage, shed and go for the ball...Won't play smash-mouth football with an offensive lineman, preferring to slip and avoid blocks rather than take them on, but has that burst that lets him close on the ball or pressure the pocket when charging off the edge...Has the change of direction agility to turn and run after the ball with no wasted steps, showing balance and agility to thread through traffic...When he stays low in his pads, he does a much better job of keeping leverage on the ball...Has the functional strength to reroute tight ends and backs on short-area routes, and when he keeps his hands in front of him he can control and get off blocks...More of a collision-type tackler, but takes good angles to close...His burst to the ball generally gets him into position to make the play...Better when given a free lane to make the play in the backfield or when coming off the edge than when working in-line...More productive vs. the outside run, where he shows great balance and the ability to run and get to the ball in a hurry...Quick to cut off runners turning the corner and has the range to excel playing outside the box...Shows ability to drop back in pass coverage, possessing good hip rotation and flexibility, as he has that explosive burst to close on the quarterback...Shows the timing and quick feet to get a good jump on the blitz and comes off the edge with the urgency and second gear to close and push the pocket...Quick coming off the edge with his hand on the ground and if given a small gap between the tackles, he has the suddenness to surprise and race past a lethargic offensive lineman...Outstanding gunner on special teams with the timing and reach to be an effective kick blocker.
Negatives: Needs to add more bulk to withstand the rigors of playing in the trenches at the next level, but has room to add at least another 10 pounds with no drop-off in quickness...Learns and retains plays with normal reps, but is still prone to biting on play-action or peeking into the backfield too long, counting on his burst to help him recover when caught out of position...Will close on the ball with good urgency when he locates it, but is still learning the game and has yet to develop that comfortable feel for situations...Needs to be more selective reading keys...His power is sometimes negated when he fails to get good hand placement...Good tackler who hits with a thud, but will get absorbed by the bigger blockers, especially when he fails to use his hands to protect his body...Still learning how to drop into the zone and keeping his head on a swivel, as he struggles some to locate the deep pass...Fast closer who stays square and takes good angles, but will get a little reckless in his play and over-pursue...When he short-arms through trash, offensive linemen are quick to get into his jersey to wall him off...Doesn't possess the feel to look the ball in outside his frame, and while he is good at deflecting passes he lacks the natural hands to make the interception...Needs to finish better, as he tries to collide rather than secure at times, especially when making arm tackles (slippery runners can avoid those hits)...Steps up to fill quickly on inside runs, but needs to protect his body better, as he doesn't shed well...His lack of ideal bulk and brute strength will see him get pushed back when trying to fill rush lanes between the tackles...Just seems to be guessing at the receiver's routes and must be quicker in looking up the opponent.
Compares To: THOMAS HOWARD-Oakland...Like Howard, Timmons has the closing burst and range to make plays all over the field. He operates more on instincts than technique, as he has only started for one season and is prone to over-pursuing plays. Still, he is a cat-quick edge rusher with the range to play from sideline-to-sideline. He might be better served on the weak-side, as he lacks the brute strength to match up one-on-one with the offensive tackle on the edge, but will beat the lineman with quickness rather than strength. He will need time to develop, but will bring instant value in obvious pass rush situations.
Timmons ranked tied for 14th nationally and finished second in the Atlantic Coast Conference with 18 tackles behind the line of scrimmage in 2006...Those 18 stops for losses tied Travis Johnson (2004) for fourth on the school's single-season record list, topped only by Brodrick Bunkley (25 in 2005), Darnell Dockett (22 in 2001) and Alonzo Jackson (18.5 in 2002)...His 22.5 stops for losses rank 15th on the Seminoles' career-record list...Blocked four kicks during his career ...Blocked two extra point attempts (vs. Duke and Clemson) in 2006 that were both returned for defensive scores, marking the first time in ACC history that a team did that twice in the same season.
All-American third-team and All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report, but was awarded only All-ACC honorable mention from the league's media, despite ranking second in the conference and tied for 14th nationally with eighteen stops for losses totaling 71 yards...Started all thirteen games at strong-side outside linebacker, ranking second on the team with 79 tackles (42 solos)...Registered five sacks for minus 29 yards and two pressures...Deflected six passes and blocked two kicks...Scored on a 22-yard interception return, a 36-yard fumble recovery and 25 yards on a blocked punt...Had at least one tackle behind the line of scrimmage in each of his first eleven games.
Played behind Ernie Sims at strong-side outside linebacker, but also excelled on the special teams coverage units...Recorded 35 tackles (17 solos) with three sacks for minus 17 yards and six pressures in thirteen games...Recovered a fumble and caused two others...Blocked two punts for 69 yards in returns and deflected one pass.
One of 10 true freshmen to letter for the Seminoles, as he appeared mostly on special teams in twelve games...Recorded 12 tackles (11 solos) with a stop for a 2-yard loss...Had a season-high three tackles vs. Alabama-Birmingham and two tackles vs. both Syracuse and Virginia (recorded his first career tackle for loss vs. Virginia).
No injuries reported.
Campus: 4.62 in the 40-yard dash...353-pound bench press...508-pound squat...31-inch vertical jump...32 1/8-inch arm length...9 5/8-inch hands.
Attended Wilson (Florence, S.C.) High School, where he was rated the fourth-best outside linebacker in the country by Rivals.com and named to Prep Star's Top 100 team, in addition to picking up Super Prep Elite 50 honors as a senior...Earned Defensive Player of the Year honors and was the top prep prospect in the state of South Carolina his final season...Played in the 2003 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas that pitted the high school all-stars from North Carolina and the all-stars from South Carolina...Earned All-State first-team accolades in 2004 after amassing more than 150 tackles and two sacks on defense and also caught 47 passes for more than 800 yards and five touchdowns as a senior tight end... Added All-State honors as a junior tight end with 42 grabs for 680 yards and 14 touchdowns, as he also recorded 95 tackles and four sacks.
Social Science major...Born 5/14/86...Resides in Florence, South Carolina.
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12/31/12 - LB Lawrence Timmons had two fourth-quarter sacks to tie LB James Harrison for the team lead with six. Timmons is the first inside linebacker to lead the team in sacks since they first kept them in 1972.
12/31/12 - LB Lawrence Timmons tied for the team lead in sacks with six (the first Steelers inside linebacker to lead them) and led the team in tackles and with three interceptions.
12/26/12 - LB Lawrence Timmons holds the team lead with three interceptions, one-third of the Steelers' total.
11/25/12 - LB Lawrence Timmons intercepted his third pass of the season, two more than anyone else on the team. He returned it for a 53-yard touchdown.
10/18/12 - LB Lawrence Timmons (foot) went through a full practice Thursday and should play Sunday.