Missouri Southern defensive tackle Brandon Williams proved at the Senior Bowl he belonged with college football’s best players.
And Williams, the Division II national defensive player of the year, will get a chance to play for the Super Bowl champions after the Ravens selected him in the third round of the NFL Draft on Friday night.
Williams, 6 feet 1 1/4 and 335 pounds, recorded 68 tackles, 16 1/2 tackles for loss and 8 1/2 sacks with two batted passes and five forced fumbles in 11 games last season for the Lions. He set the school career record with 27 sacks.
“He dominated the small-school level, there’s no doubt about that,” Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta said. “When you’re looking at a small school prospect, that’s one thing that you want to see, is a guy that dominates in the game. He went to the Senior Bowl, and he really played well. He had a really strong week of practice against Division I players, more experienced guys, and he looked like a legitimate 3-4 nose tackle.
“Jack Glowik, one of our scouts, really liked him. Jack lives in Kansas City and got a lot of really good information about him, and we had a strong comfort level with him as a person and also as a player.”
Williams will battle for a spot in the Ravens’ defensive line rotation behind star nose tackle Haloti Ngata. The Ravens signed veteran Chris Canty in free agency, but Ma’ake Keomeatu, 34, is unlikely to return.