IDP Focus: Lawrence Timmons

Lawrence Timmons

Lawrence Timmons
Position: RILB
Height: 6-1    Weight: 234 lbs.
Age: 24
Born: May 14, 1986 in Florence, SC
College: Florida State
Drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1st round (15th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft.

Career Stats

Year Tm G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
2007 PIT 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 0 11 2 0
2008 PIT 16 2 5.0 1 89 0 89 3 1 0 1 0 0 35 22 0
2009 PIT 14 13 7.0 0 0 0 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 55 22 0
Career 46 15 12.0 1 89 0 89 7 5 0 3 5 0 101 46 0

Current Team:
Pittsburgh Steelers
Defensive Scheme: 3-4 (slight lean 2-gap)
2009 Fantasy Positional Finish (My Scoring System): LB46
ADP (Junkyard Jake): LB24
My Current Ranking: LB48

2010 Outlook: I've seen Timmons typically ranked within the top 25 fantasy linebackers. You may ask why I then have him ranked at #48. There are a couple of reasons. Number one, he plays on a defense that is stockpiled with great fantasy linebackers, you have ROLB James Harrison who has had 34.5 sacks over the last three seasons and still finished as the #26 ranked linebacker in my scoring system during an off-year, you have LOLB LaMarr Woodley who had 11.5 sacks over his last 8 games to finish as the 17th highest-scoring linebacker, and you have LILB James Farrior who has been one of the most consistent tackling linebackers in the league over the nine years. Number two, Timmons currently plays in a position, RILB that limits his big-play upside since he doesn't see the same amount of sack opportunities as the outside backers. And as long as Farrior is still there (and they have Larry Foote to back him up), he won't be the main tackle guy there either. Therefore, I can't justify predicting a large increase in his production. Yes, Timmons is uber-talented and definitely has the capability to put up top 15 numbers. However, he's not in a position to do that currently. Also, the Steelers just drafted Jason Worilds to as another rush linebacker, so I don't see Timmons moving to the outside anytime soon.

Does he deserve to be ranked a little higher than 48? Maybe. However, I can't see myself drafting him at the #24 spot ahead of guys like Stewart Bradley and his teammate LaMarr Woodley. To me, this is a case of great talent, OK situation=decent production. I think IDP owners want to believe this kid is going to put up huge numbers. However, when looked at objectively, I just don't see it happening.

2010 Projected Stats: 68 solo tackles, 26 assists, 8.5 sacks

Last Updated: July 4, 2010

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