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Five Things to Know About Damarion Williams

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Cornerback Damarion Williams, Houston

Round 4, Pick 141
Welcome to Baltimore! Cornerback Damarion Williams, Houston Round 4, Pick 141

The Ravens selected Houston cornerback Damarion Williams with pick No. 141 in the fourth round.

Here are five things to know about him:

He plays bigger than his size

Williams stands in at 5-foot-10, 182 pounds, but plays bigger than his size as a scrappy cornerback that will probably remind Ravens fans of Tavon Young.

He uses a physical jam in press coverage to disrupt wide receivers at the line of scrimmage and won't back down against bigger targets. He has good quickness to mirror receivers. Williams is a strong run defender who was called an "absolute warrior" by Head Coach Dana Holgorsen.

He could be a versatile weapon in the Ravens secondary

The Ravens love versatility and Williams could provide that along with last year's third-round pick, Brandon Stephens.

At Houston, Williams was lined up everywhere in the defense with significant snaps at outside cornerback, but also inside, deep safety and in the box.

Given his size and good tackling, he could translate best to slot work in the NFL and should compete for that spot in Baltimore, especially after Young's departure.

He was a zero-star recruit who took the long road

Despite growing up in a hotbed of high school football in Miami, Williams was a no-star recruit. Part of the reason was that he didn't play organized football until his junior year of high school. He said he grew up just playing street ball.

Williams' low recruitment meant he started at Highland Community College, where he broke out as a sophomore who logged a nation-leading 17 pass breakups and seven interceptions in 2018.

He transferred to Houston, where he played three seasons and really excelled as a senior, where he posted 63 tackles, including three for loss, 10 passes defensed and three interceptions.

He was a competitive team captain with a good future battle

Even though he was a transfer, Williams endeared himself to his teammates with the way he plays the game.

He was a three-year starter and the most competitive player on the team, according to his coaches and teammates.

Williams said the toughest wide receiver he faced in college was Calvin Austin III because he "plays with a chip on his shoulder" like Williams. Now the two will have a lot more meetings, as Austin went to the Pittsburgh Steelers three picks earlier.

"I have a very aggressive nature," Williams said. "Everything in my game is a little aggressive with a little finesse. You've got to always apply that pressure."

He didn't expect to be a Raven

Williams said he didn't have a lot of pre-draft interaction with the Ravens. He had one Zoom call with Pass Game Coordinator/Secondary Coach Chris Hewitt.

"I really didn't know it was going to be the Ravens," Williams said. "If I had to guess, I wouldn't have guessed them."

With that said, Williams feels like it's a "great fit" with Baltimore considering how Hewitt said they like to use their cornerbacks in a variety of spots.

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