The Best #36 in the NFL: Shawn Williams

Shawn Williams | Cincinnati Bengals | Strong Safety

Williams is entering his fifth year in Cincinnati.

Height: 6’0″ | Weight: 210

Date of Birth: 5/13/1991 (26)

Hometown: Damascus, Georgia

College: 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

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