Darious Williams turns corner in long trip to become Rams standout

By Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Football

LOS ANGELES — As an undrafted free agent claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Rams in 2018, cornerback Darious Williams had a low profile going into this season.

"He's certainly commanding people's attention now," defensive coordinator Brandon Staley said.

Playing opposite lockdown cornerback Jalen Ramsey, Williams has intercepted four passes, including two last Sunday in a 23-16 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

"He's electric," defensive tackle Aaron Donald said. "He's a playmaker."

Williams, who played high school football in Florida, returns to his home state Monday when the Rams (6-3) play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3) on "Monday Night Football."

Despite hitting numerous roadblocks on his way to becoming an NFL starter, Williams said he never doubted he would one day showcase his talent at football's highest level. After the Rams traded cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib during last season, Williams finally got the opportunity to display his skills in games.


"It's no surprise," he said Friday during a videoconference with reporters. "I've been making plays for a while now. Just never able to put it on the field. Obviously, we had all the talent in the world here with Peters and Talib and guys like that.

"So it's finally starting to show."

Williams' circuitous journey to the Rams started nine years ago.

In 2011, Williams began his college career at Division III Marietta College in Ohio. He intercepted five passes but left after one season. In 2014, Williams walked on at Alabama Birmingham, intercepted a pass and earned a scholarship for a team that also included Rams tight end Gerald Everett. But the school announced after the season that it was dropping the program.


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