Even though the Ravens have Dennis Pitta on the roster, after two separate instances of injury to his hip, it is unknown if Pitta will be able to return this year or at all. The drafting of Williams helps the transition in case of Pitta not being able to return quickly and can offer another big player mismatch in double tight end sets that the Ravens like to run out of.
Quarterback Joe Flacco had his best season statistically in 2014 and the Ravens would undoubtedly like to build upon that. Part of that comes with Flacco's ability to find a player that he trusts over the middle. Maxx Williams is a big body over the middle at 6-foot-4 and 249-pounds and should be able to do well blocking in run situations. However his speed with a 4.78 second 40-yard dash time will allow Williams to do many things with the Ravens offense. Comparisons to former tight end Jeremy Shockey have even come from analysts, which is rather impressive at this spot of the NFL Draft.
Williams had been mocked anywhere from the middle of the first round all the way through the second or third rounds. He has all the physical tools to be able to beat up a defense and will hopefully mold himself into a major matchup issue that the Ravens love to have.