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.