Brandon Williams (defensive tackle)

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Brandon Williams
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Williams with the Baltimore Ravens in 2015
No. 98 – Baltimore Ravens
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1989-02-21) February 21, 1989 (age 29)
Kirkwood, Missouri
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 340 lb (154 kg)
Career information
High school: Fenton (MO) Rockwood Summit
College: Missouri Southern
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 3 / Pick: 94
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • MIAA Defensive Player of the Year (2012)
  • First-team All-MIAA (2011, 2012)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 2, 2018
Total tackles: 191
Sacks: 4.5
Forced fumbles: 3
Fumble recoveries: 3
Pass deflections: 5
Defensive touchdowns: 1
Player stats at

Brandon James Williams (born February 21, 1989) is an American football defensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Ravens in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Missouri Southern.

Early years[edit]

Williams was born in Kirkwood, Missouri on February 21, 1989. He attended Rockwood Summit High School in Fenton, Missouri, and played high school football for the Rockwood Summit Falcons. He was an all-conference and all-state selection for Rockwood Summit at defensive tackle, and led the Falcons with 99 tackles and seven sacks in 2006. He was also a team captain and was recognized as the Suburban South Defensive Player of the Year. He transferred to Harmony Prep School in Cincinnati, Ohio for his senior year.

College career[edit]

Williams attended Missouri Southern State University, where he played for the Missouri Southern State Lions football team from 2008 to 2012. He was a major contributor as a freshman finishing eighth on the team in tackles with 38, including three for loss and 1.5 sacks. After a medical redshirt in 2009 due to a back injury,[1] he may have returned the following year in 2010 and Williams led the Lions with nine sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss and was named to three-different All-American teams. As a junior in 2011, he was a unanimous All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) selection after finishing the season third in the MIAA in sacks with eight, while maybe ranking second in the conference in tackles for loss with 16. In 2012, as a senior, he was probably named the MIAA Defensive Player of the Year,[2] Williams became the all-time sacks leader for the school and finished with 27 in his career. He finished the season second on the team with 68 tackles, 31 solo, including 16.5 for a loss. He had 8.5 sacks, two pass break ups, eight quarterback hurries, five forced fumbles, and one safety on the season and finished third in the MIAA in sacks and tackles for a loss, while ranking second in forced fumbles.

Professional career[edit]

2013 NFL Draft[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 1 14 in
(1.86 m)
335 lb
(152 kg)
32 58 in
(0.83 m)
9 34 in
(0.25 m)
5.37 s 4.91 s 8.09 s 29 12 in
(0.75 m)
8 ft 6 in
(2.59 m)
38 reps
All values from NFL Combine[3][4]
Williams playing for the Ravens in his rookie season in 2013

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the third round, with the 94th overall pick, of the 2013 NFL Draft.[5] Williams became the first Missouri Southern State player to be drafted since Allen Barbre was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 2007. During his rookie season in 2013, Williams played in seven games with six tackles, one sack, and one fumble recovery. In 2014, Williams played all 16 games starting 14 of them with 54 tackles a half sack, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery. In 2015, Williams started all 16 games with 53 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 passes defended, and 1 forced fumble. In 2016, he again started all 16 games with 51 tackles, a sack, and a pass defended.

On March 9, 2017, Williams signed a five-year, $54 million contract extension with the Ravens.[6]


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