Ravens' draft review: Brandon Williams

The Baltimore Ravens blog will take a look at the team's top five draft picks in 2013 this week and how they fared as rookies:


Position: Defensive tackle

Drafted: Third round, 94th overall (selected nine spots after Redskins TE Jordan Reed and two picks before Chiefs RB Knile Davis)

Key stats: Six tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery

His 2013 season: It was a slow start and a rough finish for the three-time Division II All-American. After being inactive for the first three games, Williams was part of the Ravens' defensive line rotation for the next five games. He recorded a tackle in each game and recorded his only tackle of the season during this stretch. Then, he was inactive for six of his final eight games, falling behind DeAngelo Tyson on the depth chart. Many assumed Williams would absorb the snaps left when Marcus Spears was released in the middle of the season. But it was Tyson who took advantage of it.

Forecasting 2014: Williams will have an expanded role, especially if starting defensive end Art Jones and backup nose tackle Terrence Cody aren't re-signed.

What the Ravens are saying about Williams: "Brandon Williams should be in the rotation at least as a defensive tackle. He proved that he can play. We had a lot of depth there this year. He had a little maturing to do, and he should be in the mix." -- Head coach John Harbaugh