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Brandon Williams: Ode to a Monster, so close to Halloween

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His arms alone are enough.

Give him a hand.
Give him a hand.
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Brandon Williams is surprisingly short for a defensive tackle.  He's only 6'1".  Maybe that's why he looks like someone took an All-Pro safety and just inflated him a few times too many.

He's also gained a very serious distinction: as of today, he's the top rated tackle on ProFootball Focus.  He's one of the best run defenders in the game today.  He's also probably the Ravens' best--he clocks in much higher PFF's scale than anyone else on the team.  Defensive tackle is a position noted frequently for...well...it's lack of note in general.  It's hard to get a lot of attention when your job is very literally to occupy other human beings so that the people behind you (whose arms are not the size of fourth-graders) can either smother a runner or go get the quarterback.

Yet, here we are.

The big man in the middle has finally gotten his dues.  In a year when all of the Ravens' other potential Pro-Bowl defenders--like Mosley, the Smiths, and Sizzle and Doom--have either been injured or failed to live up to expectations (or both), please, everyone appreciate what the human tanker in the middle of our line is accomplishing.