2. Darious Williams, cornerback
Players don't have linear arcs. They could be riding high one season and come crumbling the next. In Darious Williams' case, he's had his fair share of highs and lows. Fast forward to the 2023 season, and he's having a banner year. Not only has he tied his career-best for interceptions with four but he's also registered a personal best 19 passes defensed.
If that wasn't enough, Williams returned an interception for a touchdown for the first time in his career in Week 4.
An undrafted free agent in 2018, Williams spent a bit of time with the Baltimore Ravens before joining the Los Angeles Rams. Having settled in LA, Williams worked his way up the roster and became their go-to guy at nickel. His best season with the Rams came in 2020, when he logged four picks and 14 passes defensed in 10 starts.
Although Williams was somewhat underwhelming in 2021, he played well enough to get a three-year contract worth $30 million with the Jags. He had a bit of a shaky start in Jacksonville in 2022 but that was mostly due to playing out of position. While the former UAB Blazer was better suited to play in the boundaries, he started his stint in the slot.
Once Williams moved outside, he fared much better. Realizing that's where he was at his best, the coaching staff left him outside in 2023, and he's rewarded his trust with his a highly productive season. What makes his success more impressive is that he's stepped up in Tyson Campbell's absence.
Campbell was on his way to the top-10 of cornerback in the league last year but injuries have hindered him this year. However, Williams has picked up some of the slack and has low-key become the Jaguars' No. 1 cornerback this season.
Still, it wasn't enough to get Campbell an invitation to the Prow Bowl. Then again, he was always going to have a steep hill to climb to get the nod over the likes of DaRon Bland or Charvarius Ward.