ICYMI: Bengals Player Preview: Georgia Bulldogs Safety Shawn Williams

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November 6, 2011; New Orleans, LA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Sean Jones (26) prior to kickoff of a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

 

Williams has received comparisons to current starting NFL safeties like Bernard Pollard, Patrick Chung and his coaches compared him to former Georgia safety/outside linebacker Thomas Davis I actually think the most accurate breakdown of his game came from NFL.com, in which they compared him to former NFL safety Sean Jones:

NFL COMPARISON

Sean Jones

STRENGTHS

Physical in-the-box safety with an overall muscular build that translates well to the next level. Attacks gaps as a blitzer, has the speed to get into the backfield in a hurry to disrupt plays. Strong tackler, can throw down smaller running backs or larger tight ends with authority. Not relegated to the box, often in single or two-deep alignments and capable of moving well in short areas. Reads quarterbacks well in zone and closes to hit receivers as they are catching the ball. Intimidating in the middle, puts his shoulder into the chest of receivers to separate the ball.

BOTTOM LINE

Williams joined Bacarri Rambo as part of duo of NFL-caliber safeties lining up for the Bulldogs in 2012. He combines a thick build, fiery attitude, and very good athleticism to be an intimidator over the middle and in the run game. He intercepted four passes as a junior, but did not record a single interception as a senior. How much range he has in addition to questions about how he can handle slot receivers and tight ends will likely see him slide some on draft day. Still, Williams could potentially see himself as a future starting strong safety.

 

 

 

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