Draft Capsule: SS Shawn Williams

Draft Capsule: SS Shawn Williams
April 7, 2013, 8:15 pm
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Tony Andracki

Shawn Williams (SS), Georgia

6-0 | 213 lbs.

2012 Stats:

98 tackles, sacks, 5.5 TFL, 4 PD, FF, BLK

Projection:

3rd Round

Strengths:

Very strong, which aids his game in both tackling and the physicality to shed blocks. Built more like a linebacker than a safety. Is a good blitzer and fills gaps in the running game, but is also adept at dropping back in pass coverage. Reads the quarterback well while in zone coverage and closes quickly to lay big hits on receivers. An intimidating presence in the middle of the field and plays aggressive. Good hand-eye coordination despite the lack of interceptions his senior season.

Weaknesses:

Despite his closing speed, does not possess upper-echelon straight line speed. Can sometimes get caught up in watching the QB, allowing receivers to get behind him or make a cut while he's flat-footed or caught off guard. That could lead to some big plays, especially in the NFL. Given his physicality, goes for the big hit sometimes instead of just wrapping and making a tackle. Won't pull in a lot of interceptions and may struggle some with his lack of agility.

Fit for the Bears:

The Bears have a surplus of young safeties that have yet to break out as impact NFL players. Adding another one to the mix doesn't make much sense, especially given the Bears' lack of a third-round pick. Given where Williams is projected, the Bears would likely have to take him in the second round in order to secure him. That being said, Williams' supremely physical style is different than the other safeties on the Bears' roster (who fit the Cover-2 and turnover-heavy scheme under former head coach Lovie Smith), so there is the chance the new regime would like to get some new blood in the mix.