Ravens get great value with third round pick DT Brandon Williams


The Baltimore Ravens used the 94th overall pick on Missouri Southern State defensive tackle Brandon Williams.

While the Ravens have spent the offseason upgrading and revamping the front seven, nose tackle has been a position that hasn’t been attended to.

Haloti Ngata will likely assume full-time nose tackle duties next season, but the team lacked talent behind him. With Terrence Cody as Ngata’s backup in the middle of the defensive front, the team needed to add some depth.

The addition of Williams not only fills the need at nose tackle, but he was also one of the most talented players available when the Ravens made their selection.

Prior to January’s Senior Bowl, Williams was a rather unknown prospect. However, a dominant performance during the practices at the Senior Bowl put him on the radar.

Throughout the draft process, he garnered second-round attention, so getting him at the end of the third round is a tremendous value pick.

The 6’1 behemoth stands at 335 pounds and is an ideal three-technique tackle in the NFL.

While he did attend a lesser-known school, he still managed to be a three-time All-American selection, which is impressive at any level. In 2012, he recorded 16.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and forced five fumbles. Of course, his statistics will take a serious hit as he graduates to tougher competition, but he is an impact player who can contribute as a rookie.

He displayed the capability to get leverage on opposing linemen at the Senior Bowl, and plays with consistent physicality in addition to having a mean streak.

Williams will likely just be used in a rotational role as a rookie and as long as Ngata is on the team, but with uncertainty behind Ngata, Williams could experience plenty of playing time this season.

He’s a talented lineman with the capability of making an impact for the Ravens. However, he’ll likely be exclusively used at nose tackle. He isn’t versatile like Ngata – who can play any of the three defensive tackle positions – but he’s a welcomed depth addition who is certainly capable of contributing in both run and pass situations.

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15 Raves on “Ravens get great value with third round pick DT Brandon Williams

  1. ravcolt on said:

    The only tackle I’m concerned about is the one protecting Flacco’s blind side, but that strategy seems to be taking a blind eye at the castle.

      • Dr. Evil on said:

        But isn’t an LT or, at least, versatile OT a priority “need” at this point? Or are we fans just nervous about our boy Flacco’s protection?

        • bogeyroy on said:

          C’mon…do you really believe that the Ravens are ignoring the left tackle situation ? I recall that tons of folks were trashing Ozzie for tearing apart a below average defense a month or so ago…wonder how they like him now ?

          Just let things play out…Ozzie and company have always had a plan and always will.

  2. BoldinRaver on said:

    I’m so happy about this pick! I’ve been talking about this guy for a month … The bowling ball! With the first three picks of the 2013 draft, the ravens run defense woes are history!

  3. jayopeso on said:

    get quinton patton or da’rick rogers with the first 4th rounder and the best available center (barrett jones) with the second and ill be happy…we’ll still have to resign mckinnie of course because there are no more plug and play left tackles left but we can take one in the later rounds to develop for the future, maybe someone like a reid fragel #goravens

  4. Mike on said:

    Williams could quite easily play any position on our line. He played all 3 in college, and played the 3 tech at the senior bowl. Sure he may not be dropping into coverage or playing on offense like Ngata, but he can definitely play all along the line like him.

  5. Scott on said:

    Slightly off topic but anyone notice that our drafts have been much better — particularly in terms of consistency — since Harbaugh became coach? I believe under the Harbaugh era we’ve never had a drafted player fail to make the team (it happened several times under Billick). Plus I believe we’ve had at least one UDFA make the team every year under Harbaugh. It’s basically the same front office, so what’s the explanation? Is it Eric DeCosta or Joe Ortiz maturing into their prime? Or is Harbaugh influencing picks? I guess I don’t care why, but it’s awesome to watch.

    • Hollywoodheiz on said:

      Scott, good take. Thinking more like less influence by Harbaugh than the so called genius Billick. And basically letting Oz and his army do their thing.

  6. ronnie on said:

    I am really loving our defense right now, we have such depth on d-line that we should always have fresh people out there and linebackers are young and fast. if webb comes back to his top 5 nfl corner we are going cause some major headaches for offenses. getting Rolando mcclain and his act together and we might have top 3 defense. all we will be lacking is chemistry but we have best coaches in world so I don’t expect that to be a problem.

  7. Jerry Moore #44 on said:

    Yeah defense will be unstoppable this yr I really believe we should have snagged Ryan Swope or D Rick rogers but hopefully they know what they have in this Mellette kid

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