Defending the Bengals’ Selection of Shawn Williams

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Jan 26, 2013; Mobile, AL, USA; Senior Bowl south squad defensive back Shawn Williams of Georgia (26) against the Senior Bowl north squad during the first half of the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports


With several more prominent safeties still on the board at pick #84, including Williams’ fellow Bulldog teammate Bacarri Rambo, fans and media members instantly began criticizing the  pick without even watching much more than a single You Tube highlight reel.

While no one is mistaking Williams for the next John Lynch or Rodney Harrison, Williams has the physicality and athleticism Mike Zimmer loves to have in his safeties, particularly at strong safety.

Williams is also very durable, as he appeared in 14 games last year while making 14 starts, and was second on the team with 98 tackles and had 5.5 tackles-for-loss. He was also regarded as one of the most influential leaders on a Bulldogs team that came withing 4 yards of beating Alabama in the SEC Championship and ultimately playing for a National Championship. He was elected as the team’s defensive captain and was the recipient of the Coaches’ Leadership Award and the Frank Sinkwich Toughness Award.

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  • Pack23Life

    If the Bengals would actually go after the top shelf college defensive players they would truly be a force to reckon w/ Mike Zimmer has coached a great defense thats always towards the tops w/ players who were not considered college stars, they didnt even have the Alabama CB last year due to injury kirpatrick an it was like it didnt affect them its amazing that mike zimmer hasnt gotten a head coaching job yet