Like most prospects at a program boasting as much individual talent as Georgia, Williams initially made his mark on special teams, earning recognition in this role during both his true freshman and sophomore seasons.
He saw his first starting action in 2010, earning the nod three times while playing in all 13 games and recording 34 tackles on the year. Despite entering his junior season with only these three career starts, Williams was named a team captain in 2011.
He showed the leadership traits coaches love when he switched from his customary strong safety position to inside linebacker when injuries took their toll on the team early his junior season. Starting 13 of 14 games for the Bulldogs in 2011, Williams led the team with 72 tackles, including five for loss. Along with the four interceptions (including one against Kirk Cousins and Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl), Williams also broke up six passes, recovered two fumbles and forced another.
Though he was unable to build upon his pass theft totals in 2012, Williams once again was rock-solid in all other facets of play, finishing second on the team with 98 tackles, which included 5.5 tackles for loss and a sack.
Williams' final game in a Georgia uniform perhaps was a perfect testament to his versatility. Williams recorded 11 tackles, but more important, his block of a Nebraska punt in the first quarter of the Capital One Bowl led to a safety, giving the Bulldogs the early momentum in what turned out to be a 45-31 victory.
Given a great deal of responsibility in Georgia's two-deep coverages, showing surprising range to cover his half of the field. Asked to drop down and cover slot receivers on occasion, showing some understanding of route progression and surprising agility. Takes good angles in pursuit.
Didn't record an interception as a senior but was rarely challenged and showed good hand-eye coordination during drills at the Senior Bowl. Had a strong week of practice in Mobile, in general, emerging a bit from the shadow of some of his more celebrated teammates.
WEAKNESSES: Questionable straight-line speed, which isn't helped by the fact that he's a bit stiff and is frequently late in transitioning. Can get caught peeking at the quarterback and allow receivers to get to him while he's flat-footed, allowing the separation which could result in big plays against the accurate deep ball passers in the NFL.
COMPARES TO: Bernard Pollard, SS, Ravens -- While perhaps not the elite athlete to counter today's spread offenses, there will always be a spot for safeties with Pollard and Williams' blend of size, physicality and toughness.