As part of the online coverage leading up to the NFL draft, The Sun will look at prospects who could be available for the Ravens with the 26th overall pick.



Cornerback-safety, Texas

Height/weight: 5-11/204

Key statistics: Finished with more career blocked punts (five) than interceptions (four)

Pro Football Weekly ranking: 4th among all defensive backsWhy Ravens should draft him: Not only has size but he uses it. Williams can press receivers at the line and can take down running backs in the open field. He is the most versatile defensive back in the draft, with the ability to line up at cornerback, in the slot or at safety.

What should concern Ravens: Williams appeared to take a step back as his career went on and didn't display the same confidence from 2009 (when he had safety Earl Thomas behind him). His lack of recovery speed will make him a target for deep passes downfield. He didn't make an interception last season, which raises questions about his playmaking ability.

What they're saying: "He's got great legs and size for a corner, first of all. He's got good acceleration. He's got a chance to be a good bump-and-run player. He's got to do better tackling and some of the transitions out of his break a little bit. But he seems like a smart kid, and he's got a chance." -- Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer

Interaction with Ravens: Team attended Texas' Pro Day

Bottom line: Williams would be a nice fallback option for the Ravens. He has more size than Miami's Brandon Harris and he has fewer issues than Colorado's Jimmy Smith. But the Ravens will probably want to spend a first-round pick on a player whose long-term future is at cornerback, not safety. If the Ravens pass on Williams, he very likely could be taken by Pittsburgh. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and defensive backs coach Carnell Lake both attended Texas' Pro Day.

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