With the No. 258 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears selected Stanford defensive back Kendall Williamson.
The Bears used their final pick of this year’s draft on a safety, adding Williamson after four years of starting in the Pac-12 for the Cardinal. He plays his best football downhill, where his straight-line speed, high motor and aggressive demeanor allows him to make plays that many safeties are either incapable or unwilling to make.
Chicago concluded its 2023 draft having used all of their picks on players with a Relative Athletic Score over 8.0, placing them all in the “elite” range. Williamson joins cornerbacks Tyrique Stevenson from Miami (FL) and Terell Smith from Minnesota as the newest additions to a talented, young secondary.
Once Chicago made the pick, I headed to Twitter to put together a thread with a mini scouting report and notable clips regarding Williamson.
THREAD: The #Bears finish off their 2023 NFL Draft class with Stanford safety Kendall Williamson in Round 7.— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 29, 2023
Williamson is a hard-hitting safety whose value will come heavily in run support and special teams.— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 29, 2023
He isn’t afraid the lower the shoulder and lay the wood down on the opposition. #Bears pic.twitter.com/Tm98yqQHD9
Williamson is an intelligent processor in coverage whose straight-line speed helps him in downhill coverage.— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 29, 2023
He’s at his best covering underneath, where his aggressive edge is on full display. #Bears pic.twitter.com/hQcQazVl0m
Here’s Williamson’s #RAS grade. Another elite athlete, which is no surprise, given the #Bears draft this year.— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 29, 2023
Nice secondary depth who should be able to crack the team on ST. Worst case, you keep him on the practice squad for a year. Solid late-round flier. pic.twitter.com/1RWZF9ObVM