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Shawn Williams | Defensive Back

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (22) / 5/13/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 211
College: Georgia
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ESPN considers third-rounder Shawn Williams the front-runner for the Bengals' starting strong safety job.
Per Jamison Hensley, it's "apparent" that Williams has "more of a feel for that position" than Taylor Mays. Williams' is really competing against George Iloka and Jeromy Miles, but his in-the-box prowess should allow him to win out. He's a nice complement to coverage specialist Reggie Nelson. Wed, Jul 31, 2013 11:04:00 AM
Source: ESPN.com

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Bengals rookie S Shawn Williams is in competition to start opposite Reggie Nelson.

The Bengals have been impressed with Williams' grasp of the playbook so far, and reportedly love his physical nature. Last year's pick, George Iloka is having a good summer, but projects similarly to Nelson as a free safety. Williams brings more of an in-the-box skill set, which defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer has successfully utilized in the past. Veteran Taylor Mays has proven to be nothing more than a role player.
Source: bengals.com
Fri, May 31, 2013 05:03:00 PM

Bengals signed No. 84 overall pick S Shawn Williams to a four-year contract.

An in-the-box specialist, Williams has 4.46 speed, but lacks fluidity and ball skills. Competing with Taylor Mays and 2012 fifth-rounder George Iloka to start opposite Reggie Nelson, Williams has a strong chance of getting on the field as a rookie. The Bengals' mauling defensive line should make life easier on Williams in coverage as he learns the NFL game.
Fri, May 24, 2013 10:58:00 AM

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy predicts that No. 84 overall pick S Shawn Williams will start next to Reggie Nelson as a rookie.

Williams will be competing with former second-round bust Taylor Mays and 2012 fifth-rounder George Iloka, so it shouldn't be hard to crack the lineup. Williams is solid in run-support, which would complement Nelson's coverage skills well.
Mon, May 6, 2013 08:51:00 PM

Bengals selected Georgia S Shawn Williams with the No. 84 overall pick.

Williams (5-11, 213) made 30 starts for the Dawgs, playing strong safety across from FS Bacarri Rambo. Williams logged 10.5 tackles for loss, and four career picks. He is a run-support maven lacking fluidity and ball skills, but helped himself with a 4.46 forty at the Combine. Williams should have little trouble making an early impact on kickoff and punt coverage.
Fri, Apr 26, 2013 09:48:00 PM