Ryan Williamson Pre-Draft Interview

Ryan Williamson (#26) played safety at the University of Buffalo. Williamson attended Colerain High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Williamson lead the conference in interceptions both his junior and senior year. Williamson earned All-Conference and All-Southwest Ohio Honors. Williamson learned his secondary position skills from his father, John, who played cornerback at Cincinnati. Williamson also participated in track during his high school career. He has a 6’4 high jump and 21’’ long jump under his belt.

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Williamson had a very successful career playing safety for the University of Buffalo. Due to his raw talent, he had the opportunity to participate as a true freshman. As a true freshman, Williamson saw time in 11 games, making 9 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss, and one fumble recovery. Williamson quickly gained more playing time from freshman to sophomore year. He became a three-year starter at the University of Buffalo. Ending his collegiate career, Williamson tallied 244 total tackles, 140 solo tackles, 104 assisted tackles, 4 tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, 6 interceptions, and 9 pass breakups in 47 games. Reflecting on his career, Williamson explains, “being a three-year starter and playing as a true freshman on special teams and rotating in on some packages has definitely helped me in the long run and the amount of experience has really helped me grow as a player.” In 2017, Pro Football Focus named Williamson to All-MAC Second Team Defense.

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Williamson’s toughest matchup is current Tennessee Titan’s receiver Corey Davis, who played collegiate football at Western Michigan University. Williamson prepared for this game by studying Davis’ route running, doing extra footwork and participating in one-on-one drills in practice. Williamson mentions, “we ran some coverages based on things that their [Western Michigan] offense did at that time to put us in the best position possible.” Against Western Michigan, Williamson had 6 tackles and one fumble recovery.

Williamson is currently preparing for the University of Buffalo’s pro day, taking place March 15th. Williamson is aiming his focus on speed and ball skills. While, range and man to man coverage are two key things Williamson would like to perfect in his game as he prepares to take the step into the NFL. Williamson commented, “being a film junky and becoming an overall better student of the game” has allowed him to continuously improve over the years. Williamson has the athletic ability and mindset to become a talented young defensive back in the NFL.

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