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49ers 90-in-90: S Terrell Williams

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Breaking down the 90 players on the 49ers offseason roster in 90 posts (over 90 or so days). Today is Safety Terrell Williams.

I don’t need to remind you how wide open safety depth is behind Jaquiski Tartt, Adrian Colbert, and possibly Jimmie Ward. The San Francisco 49ers drafted Marcell Harris, but he is returning from an Achilles injury which means his status remains in question. Terrell Williams is an undrafted free agent, but he has some very nice college highlights that put him in the conversation for depth. This is the perfect situation for a player to come into. The 49ers need safety depth and Williams could provide it his rookie season.

So who is this guy? Well I asked the same question. I turned on a 2017 game he had against East Carolina and within seven plays on defense (two series) he had a pick. The other plays he was in the area, or at the very least very good at moving with the ball and not appearing lost.

A good highlight reel here also shows the hits Williams is capable of. The kid is a natural ball hawk and given the depth issues on the 49ers safeties, he has an excellent shot at being a backup and contributing to special teams this year. There’s a lot to like about this kid. I like his motor, his hits, and his presence on the field. Click those links above if you want to see for yourself.

There’s a lot to like about this kid. He’s an UDFA and coming to a crop of safeties that need depth. It will be interesting to see what he does.

Basic info

Age: 22
Experience: Rookie season
Height: 6’4
Weight: 212

Cap Status

He is in year one of his three-year rookie deal. His rookie season pays him a base salary of $480,000.

What to expect in 2018

Williams will be coming in to try and secure a backup spot at best. Fortunately, backups are wide open with the exception of Jimmie Ward, who is probably going to be playing nickel corner at some point. Regardless, this isn’t the wide receivers—Williams has a legitimate chance to make the roster. With 6th round pick Marcell Harris recovering from his Achilles injury, Williams has a great chance to compete with the 2nd and third team and not get sent to the practice squad. Plus, those hits and that awareness makes him a fine choice for special teams.

Odds of making the roster

Williams has a 50/50 shot of making the roster depending on how he can do against the upgrade in competition, Harris’ recovery, and the performance of the other safeties brought in. There was a lot to like on his film, so he’s definitely a prospect to watch during training camp. If he’s cut on the way to the 53-man, I fear that he’s not going to make it to the practice squad.