The Cincinnati Bengals drafted Georgia safety Shawn Williams in the third round with the hope that he would quickly assume a starting role on the strong side. It's still early in training camp, but the Bengals' initial "unofficial" depth chart has him standing third in the battle to start.
"The biggest surprise on the Bengals' depth chart was George Iloka being listed as the starting strong safety," ESPN AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley wrote. "Taylor Mays and Shawn Williams are behind him, in that order. The Bengals have been rotating Iloka, Mays and Williams throughout training camp. Most expect Williams, a rookie third-round pick, to eventually come out on top at some point this season."
If Williams performs well in preseason games, it's entirely possible that he could take control of the job for the season opener against the Chicago Bears, though that figures to be a tough matchup on the road.