Name: Marcus Williams
Position fit: FS/S
Stats to know: Highest run-stop percentage of all FBS safeties in 2016. Second-highest tackle efficiency against run of all FBS safeties in 2016.
What he does best:
- Very good at being in the right position, was almost always deployed as a single-high or double-high safety and rarely let anyone behind him.
- Knows and plays his role very well, rarely takes a bad angle or has bad tackling form. Seems very aware that he is the last line of defense and does not risk being beaten for a touchdown.
- Made a lot of plays on the ball with 10 interceptions and two pass breakups the last two years.
- Tackling is not much of an issue, always has good form and chooses to wrap up and break down his feet down rather than going for a knockout blow.
- Very good tackling numbers when put in the box, but not deployed there often and likely needs to put on muscle if he wants to play there in the NFL.
- Will get caught with his eyes in the backfield on play action, particularly in the red zone.
- Played lots of single-high safety in college, but likely a better fit as double. Can be moved by QBs’ shoulders and pump fakes as a single-high safety.
- Rarely put in press man coverage so it is unknown if he can play in the box and cover tight ends in man coverage if needed.
- While he’s a sure tackler, not a big hitter.
Player comparison: Duron Harmon
Harmon has been a dependable safety in New England’s system, doing most of his work playing deep in both split and single-high looks. Like Harmon, Williams is usually in the right spot and does not give up many big plays.
Bottom line: Williams shows ability to be in the right position as a deep safety and make tackles to be a reliable last line of defense. He’s been a playmaker in coverage while playing both single-high and two-high looks in college and while he’s not a big hitter, he can make the necessary plays in the box as well.