Ravens Select Brandon Williams With 94th Overall Pick
Three picks. Three defensive players selected in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens.
In the third round, the Ravens selected defensive tackle Brandon Williams from Missouri Southern State, a Division II school in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
A relative unknown coming from a smaller school, Williams is a mountain of a man at 6’1″, 335 pounds, a three-time All-American, while winning the MIAA defensive player of the year award last season, finishing with 68 tackles, 8.5 sacks, and five forced fumbles.
Williams hit the radar with a strong performance in the Senior Bowl that got the attention of director of college scouting, Joe Hortiz who called him a “fire plug” and assistant GM Eric DeCosta who remarked at how he “looked like a legitimate 3-4 nose tackle.”
The Ravens address their need for interior help on the defensive line with the selection of Williams as they beef up the defensive front. Williams should back-up Haloti Ngata but will most likely see a good amount of time in rotation this season. It’s safe to say he’ll battle in training camp in competition with former second-round pick Terrence Cody.
Another “red star” player for the Ravens on their draft board, head coach John Harbaugh called Williams, “a heck of a guy.” Williams certainly has skills to help in pass-rushing situations. He’s a stocky guy but very strong who uses his arms well for leverage will help a defensive line that struggled with consistency at times last season.