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March Profile: Ravens Nose Tackle Brandon Williams

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In the middle of March through the end of the month, we will take a quick look at some of the key players for the Baltimore Ravens entering the 2016 season from where each key player stands in terms of the Ravens depth chart.

Brandon Williams

The Ravens decided to let one of its best defensive players in franchise history in Haloti Ngata to be traded to the Detroit Lions in the middle of the 2015 offseason because the team not only wanted to create more salary cap room, but also due to the fact that Williams would be the future standout along the defensive line.

Over the last two seasons, Williams has quietly made a name for himself in the league as he is regarded as one of the best, if not the best nose tackle in the NFL. In a 2015 season where the Ravens defense fell well below its standards overall, Williams was one of the very few bright spots on defense as the Ravens ended the season tied for 10th in the league in rushing yards per carry allowing only 4.0. He has turned into a walking double team for opposing offensive linemen. Williams is also a big reason why the Ravens didn't allow a 100 yard rusher for almost three seasons from week 6 of the 2013 season to week 4 of the 2015 season.

Entering his fourth season, Williams is slowly emerging as one of the main leaders on the Ravens defense. He's no longer the young rookie who was looking for advice for veterans. Now, young players such as Carl Davis and Timmy Jernigan along the defensive line will be looking for advice from Williams.