From 3-star SEC signee to the NFL Draft: Shawn Williams, Georgia


SDS will count down the 31 biggest overachievers of the SEC, at least as far as their recruiting rankings go. We’ll take a look at two and three-star prospects coming out of high school who became NFL Draft picks in 2011, 2012 and 2013 … finishing up the end of the month with the five who became first-round draft picks. Find out which stars from your school defied the recruiting rankings coming out of high school.

Here’s a day-by-day ‘month of May’ look at who ignored their recruiting rankings and went on to get drafted in the NFL.

No. 17 – Shawn Williams, DB, Georgia

H.S. RANKING: Three-stars in 2009, No. 24 safety in America.
NFL DRAFT: 3rd round, No. 84 overall by Cincinnati in 2013
COLLEGE STATS: Finished his career with 209 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 11 passes broken up and 4 INTs.
NFL STATS: Williams recorded 12 tackles in 16 games for the Bengals. He did not record a start at the safety position.
THE SKINNY: Coming out of Early County High School in Georgia, Williams was a first-team all stater. He went on to be a starter his junior and senior years at Georgia, as well as several games as a sophomore–finishing with 30 career starts in 54 games played.

Editor’s note: For this particular series, Saturday Down South’s references to recruiting rankings are to’s version, as the industry composite didn’t exist when many of these NFL Draft Picks were coming out of high school. Rivals has ranked high school prospects since 2002.

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