Potential Breakout Players: NT Brandon WilliamsPosted on May 30, 2014 by Will Grabill
Brandon Williams Player Profile:
Measurables: 6' 1" 335 lbs 25 years old
Fumble Recoveries: 1
The Ravens defensive line has depth that should help improve the team defense from its worst ranking since 2007. There is a nice blend of experience and youth, with Brandon Williams being an integral part of the youth infusion. He will be competing for a starting position on the interior of the line only in packages where Haloti Ngata moves outside. Here are all of the defensive lineman Williams will be competing with for playing time.
Haloti Ngata: The 5 time pro-bowler is the anchor of the defensive line, and barring any unforeseen injury, he will be consistently disrupting plays as he has throughout his 9 year career. Ngata is guaranteed a starting spot, though it could come at a few different defensive line positions.
Timmy Jernigan: The Ravens 2014 2nd round draft pick, Jernigan also has the versatility and ability to start at an inside or outside position on the defensive line. There is almost no situation or package in which Jernigan and Williams would play together, unless Dean Pees gets very creative.
Terrence Cody: The consistently underperforming former 2nd round pick is back with the team after signing a 1 year $730,000 deal. Based on his previous 4 seasons, he is not a threat to start but could play quality backup minutes if he improves.
DeAngelo Tyson: Tyson has made huge strides from where he was as a 7th round draft choice in 2012, and has steadily improved with each opportunity he was given. He likely will be a primary backup, but he performed well enough in his limited playing time where he could push the starter.
Notable 2013 NFL Draft Defensive Tackles
Though the Ravens did not have the ability to draft these players, this is a list Williams should strive to be on in the coming season.
Sheldon Richardson: After racking up 15 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, and 33 quarterback pressures, Richardson finished up his rookie season by winning the 2013 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award. The Jets drafted him at #19 and he was the first defensive tackle taken.
Star Lotulelei: His ability to effectively stuff the run was his main calling card after being drafted just one slot behind Richardson at #20 by the Panthers.
Kawaan Short: Also drafted by the Panthers, the second round pick provided a great pass rush to complement Lotulelei's prowess versus the run game.
After being the Ravens 3rd round draft pick last year, many thought Williams would be a major contributor and possibly a starter. However, a nagging foot injury and the emergence of Arthur Jones kept Williams from dressing in all but 7 of the Ravens games last season. Now Jones has moved on and Williams could be in line for a starting role. He has the versatility to play the nose tackle or slide out to defensive tackle in the Ravens base 3-4 defense.
Ravens fans should look forward to a breakout season from Brandon Williams, and should be happy that he is preparing himself for a similar increase in production.