Shawn Williams | Cincinnati Bengals | Strong Safety
Height: 6’0″ | Weight: 210
Date of Birth: 5/13/1991 (26)
Hometown: Damascus, Georgia
Draft: 2013, Round 3, Pick 84
Contract: 5 years, $20.19 million, through 2020
Shawn Williams emerged as the starting strong safety for the Bengals last season after spending the first three years of his career as a backup to George Iloka and Reggie Nelson. Nelson left for Oakland in 2016 and Iloka moved to free safety, allowing Williams to step into the starting lineup.
Williams had a quality season last year, compiling 81 tackles, 5 passes defended, and 3 interceptions in 15 starts. Look for Williams to improve his pass coverage, as well as up his tackle numbers from last season. Expect 95 tackles and 4 picks from him in 2017.
Honorable Mentions: Tony Lippett, D.J. Swearinger