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2009 DRAFT PICKS
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Rd Sel# Player Pos. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
1 23 Michael Oher OT Mississippi #5 OT Round 1

Senior Bowl practice comment

Speed appears to be the only way to possibly get by this mammoth of a man.  He played well in the one-on-one drills.

ONE ON ONE BLOCKING DRILLS SCORED BY JAY GOLDBERG

7 - 3 Veikune 2-2   Matthews 1-1   Ayers 2-0   Moore 2-0

Senior Bowl Game

Oher played a solid game.  He was good in pass protection and I noticed a nice seal block on a running play.
2 57 Paul Kruger DE Utah #7 DE Round 2
3 88 Lardarius Webb CB Nicholls State #29 CB Round 5
5 137 Jason Phillips ILB TCU #7 ILB Round 3
5 149 Davon Drew TE East Carolina NR Late Round Value
6 185 Cedric Peerman RB Virginia #12 RB Round 4

Senior Bowl practice comment

Peerman looked quick and showed good hands.  Could be a good third down/change-of pace back.

Senior Bowl Game

With the exception of a fumble (which is a concern because of his small hands), Peerman looked very good.  He showed the ability to make tacklers miss, and toughness after being hit.
FA ---- Jason Cook FB Mississippi NR 7th/FA
FA ---- Dannell Ellerbe ILB Georgia #6 ILB Round 3
FA ---- Robby Felix C/G UTEP NR 7th/FA
FA ---- Graham Gano K/P Florida State #4 K Late Round Value
FA ---- Will Johnson DT/DE Michigan #16 DT Round 5

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

Wow!  How does 47 bench presses, a 9'4" broad jump, and in the top third in quickness and change-of direction skills for defensive tackles sound to you?  That sounds mighty fine to me.  Whether at tackle in a 4-3 or end in a 3-4 this kid has to have some GM drooling.  He is worth a shot late in the draft.
FA ---- Eron Riley WR Duke #19 WR Round 4

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

Riley is fast, an explosive athlete, and was highly productive at Duke.  He will be a very good kick returner and will help a team initially as a #3 or #4 receiver.  He is also not one of those diminutive speed burners.  At almost 6'3" with a 40" vertical, Riley is a unique physical specimen.  He could be a nice surprise down the line as a solid starter for the team that drafts him.

 

C+

2009 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

Outside of their first pick and their last pick, I would have gone in different directions.  That is not to say that Baltimore didn't add quality players; they did.  However, I really liked some of the moves the Ravens did signing college street free agents.  A couple have very high ceiling, but are far from sure things.

DRAFT PICKS

Oher was solid value where he was selected and will be a good NFL player for a long time.  He'll start off on the right side but has the quickness and athleticism to move to the left side down the line if he does a bit more work in the weight room.

Kruger is a solid player.  However, I see him as a classic 4-3 defensive end.  He isn't athletic enough to play Suggs position, and isn't big enough to play Pryce's position.  Maybe without Scott, Baltimore will mix in different fronts.  With their current defensive alignment in mind, I would have drafted Jarron Gilbert.  He has the size, speed and athleticism to eventually replace Pryce.

Even before the Mason retirement (if it sticks), I had wide receiver as the major need area for the Ravens.  With Flacco's arm a consistent deep threat would bring a great dimension to Baltimore's offense.  So here I would have drafted wide receiver Mike Thomas, or even wide receiver Johnny Knox.  In addition, I liked cornerback Keenan Lewis more than Webb because he has the potential to be a top starting cornerback.  However, Webb has very good speed and quickness and will be a plus as a nickel corner. 

Phillips has good speed and quickness and will give Gooden a run for his money to replace Scott.  However, I believe Jasper Brinkley will be a special player and he could have slid in next Lewis immediately and down the line (after Lewis retires) could have been the Ravens' enforcer.  The kid is very strong and a big-time hitter.

The Ravens liked Drew more than me.  After signing L.J. Smith (and selecting a receiver in round three), I would have opted for cornerback Macho Harris here.  Drew is ca good receiver, but his workout was unimpressive and he may have a had time translating to the NFL.

The Raven's selection of the underrated Peerman was very interesting.  Despite his lack of height, he is solid as a rock, strong as an ox and has the speed to run outside and take it the distance.  The one knock on him is that he occasionally puts the ball on the ground. and because of his small hands that could be a problem that is difficult for him to overcome.  However, the kid is a good football player and the Ravens' drafting him could signal a quicker end to McGahee's stint on the Ravens than many think.

COLLEGE STREET FREE AGENTS

Jason Cook is a tough kid who is a willing and effective blocker.  However with Peerman and Parmele it is more likely the Ravens' will carry an extra running back than fullback.  He could land on the Ravens' development squad.

Ellerbe received a similar grade from me as Phillips.  It will be interesting to see how much of a chance he is given to compete with him for a roster spot.

Felix is a strong kid who can play center or guard.  He will most likely land on Baltimore's development squad and could grow into a solid sub down the line.

Will Johnson may have been the strongest player available in the draft.  He also is surprisingly quick and athletic for a kid his size.  He could be a nice surprise as an end in the Ravens' 3-4 defense or could be just a workout warrior.  I think he has a real chance and is certainly worth a long look in camp.

Riley is another nice signing by Baltimore.  The kid is smart, tall, fast and very athletic.  He was also productive at Duke.  He is one of my deep sleepers and, showing his smarts, signed with the perfect team.  He has a real chance to steal a spot on the roster in camp and, long term, could be a deep threat for Flacco. 

For chart below: red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft
ARM-HAND relative to position, for ranges see ranking pages for 2009 draft

LAST NAME
at Combine
FIRST NAME SCHOOL HGT WGT ARM-
HAND
BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
Oher Michael Mississippi 6'4.4" 309 M-L 21 5.16 1.78 3.03 4.60 - 7.81 31" 8'7"
Kruger Paul Utah 6'4.2" 263 S-M 24 4.79 1.58 2.76 4.47 - 7.52 32.5" 9'1"
Webb Lardarius Nicholls State 5'9.6" 179 M-M 15 4.35 1.49 2.54 4.10  - 6.77 36.5" 9'11"
Phillips Jason TCU 6'0.6" 239 M-M 20 4.60 1.56 2.69 4.32 - - 34" 10'0"
Drew Davon East Carolina 6'3.6" 256 XL-L 17 4.73 1.58 2.72 4.66  - 7.28 29.5" 9'5"
Peerman Cedric Virginia 5'9.4" 216 M-S 27 4.39 1.47 2.54 4.29 - 6.99 40" 9'9"
Cook Jason Mississippi 5'11.2" 244 XL-XL 22 4.71 1.58 2.72 4.38 - 7.20 33.5" 9'6"
Ellerbe Dannell Georgia 6'1" 236 L-M - - - - 4.23 - 7.00 35" 9'10"
Felix Robby UTEP 6'3.2" 302 S-M 33 5.19 1.72 2.94 4.92 - 8.13 26" 8'1"
Johnson Will Michigan 6'4.1" 288 - 47 5.07 1.71 2.88 4.61 - 7.51 27.5" 9'4"
Riley Eron Duke 6'2.6" 206 - 13 4.36 1.48 2.57 4.24 - 6.71 40" 11'2"

2009 NEEDS PRIOR TO DRAFT AND FREE AGENCY
Major need
     Need     Upgrade possible     Depth/possible need     Not a need

QB Flacco had a very good rookie year and is the real deal.  He will get better and be a game-changer at quarterback throwing the deep ball.  At backup, Boller and Bouman are UFAs and Smith is untested.  Look for the Ravens to add an experienced quarterback to their roster.
RB In my opinion, McGahee is a bit overrated and McClain is best served as a backup who can run out the clock, and get tough yards in third and short and around the goal line.  Rice, on the other hand, is the real deal and should be given the reins as the Ravens' lead back.  I also like the potential of Parmalee, who the Ravens stole off the Dolphins practice squad.  For this unit to be optimal, McGahee should be cut lose in the offseason.  Oh yeah, and they have one of the best blocking fullbacks in the league in Neal but he is an UFA.
WR This unit needs a consistent, reliable deep threat.  Mason is still a solid receiver.  Clayton hasn't developed as hoped, and may be best served as the team's third receiver.  I always liked Williams but he hasn't been able to stay on the field.  The Ravens need to address this position in the offseason.  With Flacco's arm, receivers that can stretch the field and catch the ball would open up the offense.
TE Heap has fallen from a top option in the offense to an afterthought.  His backup Wilcox is an UFA.  If the ravens want a block-first tight end, they would be best served drafting a new starter and moving Heap while they can still get some decent value for him.
OL This unit played surprising well, especially Gaither at left tackle replacing Ogden.  Center Brown is an UFA and he will either have to be brought back or a replacement will have to be found for him.  This is a good draft for centers.
DL The Ravens line is a strength for the team.  Ngata is tough to handle and has become one of the better defensive players in the league.  Pryce is still solid at end, and Bannan filled in very well for Gregg on the nose.  All this team needs is some bodies to compete for backup spots at end.
LB Suggs, Lewis and Scott, the teams three top linebackers are all UFAs.  Johnson remains, but he didn't take the step forward the team hoped for.  He is solid, but not the player Thomas was when he manned that spot before leaving for New England.
DB This is a deep and talented unit.  At corner Rolle and Washington are a top starting duo, and the team can expect a bounce back year from McAllister in 2009.  At safety Reed is as good as it gets, and Leonhard played himself into a starting job for 2009, and with Landry, Zbikowski and Nakamura all talented players on hand, Leonhard keeping ascending to key starter says a lot about how well he player.  All this team could look to add in the offseason in their secondary is a young developmental cornerback.
ST Long time kicker Stover is a free agent and the team will have to decide whether to bring him back or draft one of the talented kickers available in this year's draft.  Koch is a good punter, Leonhard and Zbikowski acceptable return men.  However, it's time for Figurs to step up and be the consistent, explosive return man he should be, or be cut.

 

2008 DRAFT PICKS
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Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
1 18 Joe Flacco QB 6'6.3" 236 Delaware #2 QB Round 1

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

Flacco has a very strong arm.  In addition, when he decides to make a throw, his release is very quick.  For a big kid, he moves well in the pocket, ala Ben Roethlisberger.  I believe he has the biggest upside of all quarterbacks in this draft, although he will need time to catch up to the speed of the game in the NFL.  This is quarterback I would target in the draft.
2 55 Ray Rice RB 5'8" 199 Rutgers #6 RB Round 2
3 71 Tavares Gooden OLB/ILB 6'1.2" 234 Miami #6 ILB Round 3
3 86 Tom Zbikowski FS/SS/RET 5'11.2" 211 Notre Dame # 3 SS Round 3

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

Zbikowski will need to go to the right system to be a difference-maker on defense.  He will be a special teams stud.  He is very strong, tough, and has superb quickness.  He is the ideal in the box-safety who will make opponents pay for going into his zone.  He is not a fit for teams that play their safeties interchangeable.  Even though he has enough speed to be good in coverage, that is not his strength.  He is also an accomplished punt returner.
3 99 Oniel Cousins OG/OT 6'4" 308 UTEP #9 OT Round 2/Round 3

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

Cousins is an athletic tackle with good speed.  After the top left tackles come off the board, this is the kid I believe has a chance to develop into a quality starting left tackle down the line.
4 106 Marcus Smith WR 6'1.3" 221 New Mexico   Late Round Value/Free Agent
4 133 David Hale OT 6'5.6" 314 Weber St   Late Round Value
6 206 Haruki Nakamura FS/RET 5'10.5" 210 Cincinnati   Late Round Value

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

Nakamura will, most likely, not be drafted until late in day two, but will be one of the better gets late on day two.  He will be a solid special teams player and has the skills and athleticism to develop into a top sub or even capable starter down the line.
7 215 Justin Harper WR 6'3.4" 213 Virg Tech   Late Round Value/Free Agent
7 240 Allen Patrick RB 6'0.6" 198 Oklahoma   Late Round Value/Free Agent
FA   Ernie Wheelwright WR 6'4.5" 215 Minnesota   Late Round Value
FA   Adam Kraus OG/C 6'5.6" 305 Michigan   Late Round Value/Free Agent
FA   Jameel McClain ILB 6'0.6" 249 Syracuse   Late Round Value

 

B+

2008 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

The Ravens had a nice draft up top, but I wasn't as crazy about some of their later picks.  Cousins was great value and, of the later picks, Nakamura could surprise.  However, there was excellent depth at cornerback and the Ravens didn't grab one, and instead reached for wide receiver Smith.  For free agents, watch Wheelwright who I actually like a bit more than Smith and Harper.

DRAFT PICKS

Flacco was my second-rated quarterback in the draft and the one who could have the highest upside of all the quarterbacks in the draft.  He has a big-time arm and a quick release when he decides to get rid of the ball.  He does hold it too long at times, but that is a correctable flaw as he gains more experience and learns his reads.  He isn't NFL-ready yet, so if rushed this year could get set back some.  There will be a temptation to get him on the field before he's ready because he will look great in practice and against b-players in exhibition games.

Rice is a better running back than the overrated McGahee.  I'll say it again, Rice is a better runner than McGahee.  The Ravens will start off with Rice as a change-of-pace, but he will soon eat into McGahee's touches and by the time Flacco is established (next year), Rice will be the Ravens' top runner.  He is a short man, not a small man.  He is tough, can run inside and has enough speed to bounce outside and pick up chunks of yards.  He has excellent quickness and can make make sharp cuts in the hole.  A great pick for Baltimore at a position I considered a greater need than most others.

Gooden is an active linebacker who can play inside or outside.  He could be a nice fit in Bart Scott's position down-the-line should he have to slide into Ray Lewis' position in a year or two.  Gooden is a very good athlete who will excel on special teams until he finds a spot on the base defense.

Zbikowski is a player I like a lot.  He is a tough guy who his defensive teammates will love.  Zbikowski is strong tough and quick, but is much better in-the-box than in coverage.  He could push Landry in a year or two and be a great fit with Reed.  He will excel on special teams and could become a Pro Bowl player as a special teams cover guy.  

Cousins was another excellent grab.  After the round one guys, Cousins was a player I liked later in the draft who could grow injto a starting left tackle.  He has the athleticism, but needs to hit the weight room.

The Ravens liked the potential of Smith more than me.  At receiver, Hawkins would have been my pick at this spot.  And that would not 

have even been a close call.  I like Hawkins much more than Smith.  In fact, I would have gone corner here and tried to draft Hubbard at receiver later in the draft.  Jack Williams, Wilhite, Bowman and Scandrick were all available at this spot.  Smith is not a great athlete, has some speed, but is not particularly quick, and has good hands.  Time will tell.

Hale is a tackle prospect who opened some eyes during the post-season.  His best asset is his quick feet.  His worst is his lack of athleticism.  He may be best kicked inside to guard.  To do that he may have to bulk up some.

Nakamura was an underrated prospect heading into the draft.  He is a smart kid who plays hard and gets the most out of his smallish frame.  He should be a solid special teams player, an intriguing option in the return game, and solid sub who can fill in for a starter and hold serve when called upon.  A nice get by Baltimore.

Harper was suppose to have more speed than he showed at the Combine.  However, as disappointing as his forty time was (4.52, not bad, but not as advertised), it was his Marcus-Smith like short shuttle time (a quickness indicator) that had me most concerned.  Based on the Ravens' drafting Smith and Harper, they obviously do not put much stock in the short shuttle for receivers.  However, I do.  Harper, like Smith, did show excellent hands at the Combine.  It's just that both may have trouble getting open and have limited YAC.

Allen Patrick is another player with disappointing workout numbers.  He is not overly big, not particularly fast, and not particularly quick.  He was productive in college, and knows how to run so could be a reliable #3 back.  Just don't expect too much.

COLLEGE STREET FREE AGENTS

Wheelwright has a good mix of size, speed and hands.  He is more fast than quick, and could find his way onto the Ravens' practice squad and even suit up for some games.  Down the line he could be a solid #4 receiver.

Kraus played at a big-time program and has the versatility to play all along the line making him potentially a valuable backup.  He is another candidate for the Ravens' practice squad in the short run.

McClain is a classic 3-4 inside linebacker.  Since the Ravens play a hybrid 3-4, 4-3 with Suggs as the swingman, McClain could find a role in some of the Ravens' defensive packages. 

red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft
(blue college name indicates workout #'s include Pro Day numbers)

COMBINE
YES
FIRST NAME SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
Flacco Joe DELAWARE 6'6.3" 236  NA 4.78 1.71 2.79 4.27 NA 6.82 28.5" 9'2"
Rice Ray RUTGERS 5'8" 199 23 4.47 1.51 2.52 4.17 NA 6.65 39.5" 10'1"
Gooden Tavares MIAMI 6'1.2" 234 22 4.53 1.52 2.62 NA NA NA 39" 9'10"
Zbikowski Tom NOTRE DAME 5'11.2" 211 24 4.44 1.49 2.55 4.04 NA 6.58 32.5" 9'1"
Cousins Onniel UTEP 6'4" 308 23 5.11 1.77 2.94 4.80 NA 7.90 24.5" 8'11"
Smith Marcus NEW MEXICO 6'1.3" 221 20 4.51 1.50 2.61 4.42 NA 7.10 29" 9'3"
Hale David WEBER ST 6'5.6" 314 25 5.26 1.81 3.02 4.63 NA 7.51 29" 8'4"
Nakamura Haruki CINCINNATI 5'10.5" 210 20 4.55 1.53 2.65 4.33 NA 6.93 34.5" 10'0"
Harper Justin VIRG TECH 6'3.4" 213 NA 4.52 1.54 2.61 4.43 NA 7.10 28.5" 10'0"
Patrick Allen OKLAHOMA 6'0.6" 198 17 4.55 1.53 2.65 4.51 NA 7.56 36" 10'0"
Wheelwright Ernie MINNESOTA 6'4.5" 215 NA 4.50 1.58 2.67 NA NA NA 36" NA
Kraus Adam MICHIGAN 6'5.6" 305 NA 5.35 1.79 3.04 4.79 NA 7.65 26.5" 8'2"
McClain Jameel SYRACUSE 6'0.6" 249 24 4.73 1.56 2.74 4.31 NA 7.12 37" 9'8"

2008 NEEDS PRIOR TO DRAFT AND FREE AGENCY

BAL          Major Need          Need          Upgrade         Depth Need         Not a Need

QB  McNair's skills are on the decline.  Boller appears to be nothing more than a backup.  It's hard to imagine that Smith will be anything more than a quality backup as well.  I say part ways with Boller and bring in a quarterback to be a starter this year or next.
RB  McGahee had an excellent first year with Baltimore.  Smith is a tease.  He has skills, but hasn't been as good as hoped.  Anderson is a solid pro but is used little.  There are a lot of change-of-pace, third down backs in this draft and the Ravens should grab one.
WR  Clayton took a step back this year.  I think he'll turn it around next year.  Mason is steady, but not a game-breaker.  Look for Williams to have a very good year next year.  Darling has his moments.  A reliable receiver with good hands and quickness to groom as a third wideout to play behind Clayton and Williams down the line should be added while Mason is still effective.  Receivers take time to develop.
TE The team has Todd Heap and get a grade of "need".  Huh?  Heap is starting to miss too much time and get nicked up and play at less than full strength too often.  It is time to bring in a top tight end prospect who could allow the Ravens to let Heap walk when he becomes a free agent.  
OL  Ogden could retire.  The options to replace him on the roster are okay, but an upgrade would help.  The rest of the Ravens' line is solid, with a good balance of youth and experience.  Extra bodies to compete for backup spots is always a good idea.
DL Pryce is in the same boat as Heap.  Too much time on the shelf.  He is a good player, however, when he is on the field.  Ngata, Gregg ans OLB/DE Suggs are all very good.  The Raven's should bring an end who can push Pryce to start.  They could also use some depth.
LB Scott didn't play as well this year as last.  I wouldn't give up on him yet.  Lewis is still solid against the run.  Johnson was okay replacing Thomas, but an upgrade should be looked for.  Barnes could be the guy.  An upgrade for Johnson and a young inside linebacker are needed.
DB McAllister and Rolle are good when healthy, but they both had health problems last year.  Rolle's may continue into 2008.  Their depth behind these two is suspect.  The Raven's need a couple of corners, one who could push to start, one who can play as a nickel or dime.  At safety, Reed is All Pro, but a player to push Landry could be added.
ST There are no major needs here assuming Figurs improves as I and the Ravens expect.  Camp competition is all that will be brought in.

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2007 DRAFT PICKS
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Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
1 29 Grubbs, Ben G 6-3 314 Auburn #2 OG Round 1
3 74 Figurs, Yamon WR 5-11 174 Kansas State #19 WR Round 4
3 86 Yanda, Marshall G 6-4 304 Iowa #6 OT Round 3
4 134 Barnes, Antwan OLB 6-1 240 Florida International #10 OLB Round 4
4 137 McClain, Le'Ron FB 6-0 257 Alabama Late Round Value
5 174 Smith, Troy QB 6-1 213 Ohio State # 9 QB  Round 4
6 207 Burgess, Prescott OLB 6-3 235 Michigan Late Round Value
FA Gaston, Willie CB 5-10 188 Houston #20 CB, #7 FS Round 4
FA Johnson, Donnie FS 5-11 208 Penn State Off My Board
FA Jones, Edgar DE 6-3 263 SE Missouri State Off My Board
FA Leeson, Nick LS 6-2 255 Virginia Tech Late Round Value
FA Martin, Joe LB 6-2 230 San Diego State Off My Board
FA Pruitt Jr, Greg RB 5-8 210 North Car Central Off My Board

 

B

2007 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

The Ravens had a a solid draft, even though they reached slightly for Figurs and McClain.  However, outside of corner/safety Willie Gaston, and possibly long snapper Nick Leeson, I don't see any college street free agents who excite me, and the team could have used some quality bodies to fight for backup positions along on their defensive line.

Grubbs was a solid, albeit unexciting selection in round one.  He will move either Brown or Vincent to the bench and be a long term, quality starter in the NFL.  Figurs is faster than a speeding bullet, but don't expect Superman.  He is an exciting return man and has good hands as a receiver.  He also has excellent moves, a result of good cutting ability more than great quickness.  While Figurs was a slight reach near the top of round two, I understand the pick.  Figurs will be a valuable member of the team.  Yanda was a great grab in round three and could start at right tackle for the Ravens.  Yanda looked good on tape but many thought he would have to kick inside because of his lack of athleticism.  However, his workout showed he has the tools to play right tackle.  Yanda is quick so moving to guard is also a possibility.  worst case, Yanda will be a valuable, versatile backup.  Barnes may be the steal of the Ravens' draft.  The kid is strong as an ox, has 4.4 speed, is a great athlete, and has experience playing OLB in a 3-4 defense.  In college he had 38 tackles for loss his last two years.  Barnes could eventually step in for the departed Thomas and be another in the long line of playmaking Raven linebackers.  The offseason resulted in Baltimore having to reach a bit for fullback McClain.  He is one of the best blocking fullbacks in the draft and that is a need area for Baltimore.  Who is Troy Smith?  If he is the player that showed top quarterback skills for most of his senior year, the Ravens have a good developmental quarterback.  If he is the player who showed poor accuracy at the Senior Bowl and Combine, the Ravens have nothing.  The answer may be somewhere in the middle.  Smith may make it in the NFL as a decent backup quarterback.  I thought Burgess' best chance to stick was as a backup SAM in a 4-3.  It's possible that the Ravens will move him inside.  Burgess is a solid special teams player.  I would have gone with David Patterson, a defensive tackle who projected to end in a 3-4, or C.J. Ah You a defensive end with the frame to bulk up to be a 3-4 defensive end instead.   At least I would have signed Patterson as a college street free agent.

Willie Gaston is the most intriguing college street free agent signed by the Ravens.  He is an turnover waiting to happen.  Gaston has excellent cover skills but lacks speed.  Therefore, safety is probably his better NFL position, rather than cornerback.  However, he could be best as a dime back since he can cover and can play the ball.  Johnson played free safety in college and is a very good special teams player (3 punts blocked and was a return man).  Jones played end in college but will have to bulk up to play there in the Ravens 3-4.  He could be tried at outside linebacker. His strength is rushing the passer.  Leeson was one of the best long snappers in college.  He could stick in that role for the Ravens.  Martin led his team in tackles and comes from a school (San Diego State) that has had success recently with linebackers in the NFL (Morrison- Oakland, and Keaiho who is being counted on to start for Indy).  Running back Pruitt Jr. is worth a look on bloodlines alone (Greg Pruitt's kid).  It doesn't hurt that he has good s[peed and is a strong kid.

red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
GRUBBS BEN AUBURN OG 6'2.6" 311 35 5.10 1.65 2.95 4.72   7.70 26.5" 8'7"
Grubbs is a strong, quick guard with good feet who is a terrific run blocker and steady pass blocker.  While Grubbs has good strength he needs to become more physical on the field.  He is the type of player a team will start in year one and not have to worry about his position until his rookie contract is up.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
FIGURS YAMON KANSAS ST 5'11.2" 174      4.30  1.47 2.49 4.21   6.85    10'6"
He was the best player in the Hula Bowl.  He is an explosive playmaker as both a receiver and return man.  He is very fast, quick, and stops and cuts on a dime.  He got open deep, showed good hands catching the ball, and ran well on a reverse.  Figurs should be an excellent slot receiver and return man in the NFL.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
YANDA MARSHAL IOWA OT/OG 6'3.7" 307 23 5.15 1.69 2.88 4.58   7.36 27" 8'5"

PLAYER WHO COULD HAVE A BETTER NFL CAREER THAN PLAYERS SELECTED AHEAD OF HIM in the DRAFT

Some think Yanda may be better as a guard because he is a good run blocker and, it was thought he was limited athletically. His workout showed he can play tackle in the NFL (right tackle), although he will need to hit the weight room whether he plays tackle or guard.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
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BARNES ANTWAN FLORIDA INT OLB/DE 6'0.5" 240 31 4.40 1.50 2.56 4.32   7.29 35" 10'2"
Barnes is one of the few college players who comes to the NFL with experience playing a rush linebacker in a 3-4 defense.  He is a good kid who had an amazing 38 tackles for loss his last two seasons in college.  Barnes has superb speed for his size, is a very good athlete and can really get after the quarterback.  He is an intriguing prospect for a team that plays a 3-4 defense.

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MCCLAIN LERON ALABAMA FB 6'1.1" 256 15 4.75 1.64 2.76 4.47   7.08 29.5" 9'7"
McClain is one of the best blocking fullback in the draft.  His value on offense, however, will be fairly limited, although he has decent receiving skills.  Teams that use fullbacks primarily for blocking could find McClain tempting on day two.

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SMITH TROY OHIO ST QB 6'0" 222   4.72 1.60 2.73 4.23   6.93 36.5" 10'2"
Smith has had as bad a post-season as any player in the draft.  He has fallen from round two to day two.  While he has good athleticism, Smith is short for a NFL quarterback, and had problems with accuracy at the Senior Bowl and Combine.  His upside appears to be as a backup quarterback, but even that is now in doubt.

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BURGESS PRESCOTT MICHIGAN OLB 6'3.3" 240 19 4.77 1.62 2.75 4.31   7.01 32.5" 9'2"
Burgess is a converted safety who may not have the speed and quickness to be a starter in the NFL.  However, he can be a good special teams player and could find a home as a backup SAM in the 4-3, or, maybe, be moved inside in a 3-4 where his lack of speed will not be as musch of a factor.

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GASTON WILLIE HOUSTON DC/FS 5'10" 188   4.64              

PLAYER WHO COULD HAVE A BETTER NFL CAREER THAN PLAYERS SELECTED AHEAD OF HIM in the DRAFT

Gaston played corner for Houston, but does not possess the speed needed to be starter at that position.  He does have superb cover skills, a nose for the ball, football smarts, and excellent football instincts.  He could be a solid NFL free safety, one who could do a good job in coverage when called upon, and one who could come up with turnovers.  Gaston will be drafted late, but could be a pleasant surprise for the team that drafts him.

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JOHNSON DONNIE PENN ST FS 5'11" 208                  
Johnson is a good special teams player.  He blocked 3 punts in college and was a kick returner.  He could force his way on a roster with his special teams play.  He needs some work at safety.

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JONES EDGAR SE MISS ST DE/OLB 6'3" 263                  
Jones, a 1-AA All American, is a pass rush specialist.  He had 12 sacks his senior year.  He should get a look in camp.

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LEESON NICK VIRGINIA TECH LS/LB 6'1.4" 255 21 5.08 1.68 2.90 4.15   7.32 28.5" 8'3"
Leeson is one of the best long snappers in college.  In fact, he was one of the first two long snappers ever invited to the Senior Bowl.

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MARTIN JOE SAN DIEGO ST ILB/OLB 6'2" 230                  
Martin, who followed Kirk Morrison and Freddy Keiaho, at san Diego State, led his team in tackles and is worth a look in camp as a potential backup inside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.

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PRUITT, JR GREG NOR CAR CENTRAL DC/FS 5'8.3" 210 19 4.47 1.54 2.64       34.5" 9'9"
Pruitt is the son of former NFL running back Greg Pruitt, and is worth a look on bloodlines alone.  The fact that he's a strong kid who has good speed doesn't hurt either.

 

2007 TEAM NEEDS PRIOR TO THE DRAFT and FREE AGENCY
major need     need     depth/possible need     not a significant need

QB McNair is now just above average.  Boller needs to go elsewhere for a start fresh.
RB Lewis is no longer a threat to go the distance.  He should be replaced.
WR Clayton is a future star.  Mason is still solid.  I like Williams' potential.
TE Heap and Wilcox are just fine.
OL Pashos is an UFA and will need to be replaced if he leaves.
DL A top starting unit, depth couldn't hurt.
LB Thomas is an UFA and will need to be replaced.
DB Good starters, good nickel.  A backup safety is about all that is needed.
ST Fine unit if Sams comes back healthy.

 

2006 DRAFT PICKS
Links go to write-ups at NFL.com

Baltimore
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
1 12 Ngata, Haloti DT 6-4 337 Oregon #1 DT Round 1
2 56 Chester, Chris C 6-3 302 Oklahoma # 2 C Round 3
3 87 Pittman, David CB 5-11 182 Northwestern State # 9 CB Round 3
4 111 Williams, Demetrius WR 6-2 198 Oregon # 4 WR Round 2
4 132 Daniels, P.J. RB 5-10 210 Georgia Tech Late Round Value > Round 4
5 146 Landry, Dawan FS 6-1 219 Georgia Tech #10 FS Round 4
5 166 Sypniewski, Quinn TE 6-6 265 Colorado   > Round 4
6 203 Koch, Sam P 5-11 225 Nebraska   > Round 4
6 208 Martin, Derrick CB 5-10 201 Wyoming # 18 CB Round 4
7 219 LaCasse, Ryan OLB 6-2 257 Syracuse # 4 DE/LB Hybrid Round 3
  FA Olson, Drew QB 6-2 222 UCLA Late Round Value > Round 4
  FA Hinkel, Ed WR 6-0 191 Iowa Late Round Value > Round 4
  FA Meadow, Rob OG 6-5 321 Washington Late Round Value > Round 4

 

B+

2006 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

The Ravens got good value throughout the draft, and stole Demetrius Williams in round four, and Ryan LaCasse in round seven.

Before the draft I said the Ngata was the biggest difference-maker on defense in the draft.  He is a big, strong kid who will occupy two blockers, and stuff the run.  However, he is also very athletic for his size and that makes him a rare commodity for a big tackle.  In fact, he has the ability to push the pocket against the pass, and will get a sack now and then.  Chester is an athletic center/guard who the Ravens pulled the trigger on a little early, but I can't blame them.  Chester was on my list of players who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than them, and was moving up the ladder as the draft approached.  He has the potential to be a top tier interior lineman.  Pittman went about where I thought he would.  He is from a small school so may need time before he's ready to contribute, despite everyone handing him the nickel job.  Williams was a great, yes I said great, pick in round four.  I had a second round grade on this smooth, reliable, athletic receiver.  Williams is a great fit as the Ravens' third receiver.  At 6'2" he provides a bigger target than Mason and Clayton.  On passing downs, look for Williams play outside allowing either Clayton or Mason to play the slot in three receiver sets; where either one will be tough to cover one-on-one.  Daniels is another player grabbed a touch early, but he is the strong, move the chains runner that Baltimore likes.  Landry is an underrated player who I like.  He is an in-the-box, hard-hitting, strong safety not a weak safety.  Therefore, pairing Landry with Ed Reed, who is listed as a strong safety, but mixes it up sometimes playing in the box and sometimes playing center field, is not ideal since Landry does not have the flexibility to start along side Reed because of Landry's limitations in coverage.  Personally, I would have drafted Ko Simpson in round three to play along side Reed, and then drafted Maxey, Minter, or even Byrum in round five.   Sypniewski is a tall tight end who has good straight line speed.  He could be useful in two tight end sets but is no sure thing.  Koch is a punter I know little about, but I assume the Ravens' scouted him well.  However, Plackemeier was my top rated punter in the draft and he was available at this spot.  Martin was an excellent selection in round six.  He is very, very quick and has the ability to step in immediately to cover slot receivers.  In fact, the Ravens' best alignment could be with Pittman at free safety and Martin as the nickel.  LaCasse is a good pass rusher.  I had a third round grade on him, assuming he would be drafted by a team planning to move him to OLB in a 3-4 defense.  For the Ravens he will be be an effective pass rusher in the nickel, providing excellent value for a seventh round draft pick.

While I have not seen a complete list of Raven college free agent signings, there were three players worth mentioning that the Ravens' signed.  The first is Drew Olson, the quarterback from UCLA.  He is short, he doesn't move well, but boy does he have a good arm, and boy is he accurate.  Olson is the type of quarterback who is such a good thrower that he will be difficult to cut despite his limitations.  Think development squad this year.  Hinkel is a scrapper.  He is not a burner but has acceptable speed and quickness, and is a heady player.  He will never be a starter, but he is a quality bottom of the roster player who can fill in for an injured player and come up with a good game, and can play in four receiver sets and make clutch catches.  If not for a prior knee injury, Meadow likely would have been drafted.  He has the mobility to play guard, and the strength to play tackle, so he could catch on as a quality reserve.

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Ngata Oregon 6'4.1", 338 5.13 1.73 2.96 4.69   7.97 37 31.5" 9'2"  

PLAYER WHO WILL PERFORM BETTER IN NFL THAN MANY DRAFTED BEFORE HIM

I know, I know, Nagata is a high first round pick.  Last year I had Merriman on my list stating that he should be a top five pick because he was the biggest difference maker on defense in the draft.  Well, I was right,  so I'm going to do it again.  Ngata should be a top five pick.  He will be the biggest difference maker on defense in this year's draft.  The difference is that last year Merriman's ability was obvious since he got sacks.  Ngata, on the other hand will be the key to some teams' 3-4 defense, engaging offensive lineman so linebackers can roam free and make tackles at or behind the line of scrimmage, so his value will be more subtle.  The fact is, however, that the nose in the 3-4 is the key to that alignment, and Ngata, who is a monster of a man (6'4", 338 lbs) with brute strength, and rare athletic ability for a man his size, will be the difference between a defense being good, and a defense being great.

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Jay Goldber
g, 900FootballLinks.NET - Ngata is a big run-stuffing defensive tackle who is an excellent athlete.  A rare combination, could be very special.
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Chester Oklahoma 6'3.3", 303 4.87 1.68 2.65 4.50   7.31 27 31.5" 8'10"  

PLAYER WHO WILL PERFORM BETTER IN NFL THAN MANY DRAFTED BEFORE HIM

Late to the center position, Chester is a former tight end who is the most athletic center in the draft.  Chester exploded on the draft scene at the Combine and continued his ascent during his Pro Day workout.

C/OG
Mike Mayock, NFL Network - Chester was very impressive at the Combine.  He is a former TE and is very athletic although he only had 6 career starts at Oklahoma.  He improved his stock, he has a lot of potential.
Gil Brandt, NFL.com - Chester lit up the place during position drills at his Pro Day.
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Pittman NW State 5'11.2", 182 4.44 1.57 2.65 4.12   6.96 16 36" 10'8"  
CB
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Pittman started the week of practice at the Senior Bowl giving too big of a cushion but came on to play very well.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Pittman is a small school prospect who had a great post-college football season run.  Pittman has good cover skills and is a hard worker.  Coming from a small school, Pittman will be taking a big step up in competition when he enters the NFL.  He has enough speed and quickness to eventually become a solid NFL cornerback.
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Williams, D Oregon 6'1.6", 197 4.46     4.08 11.40 6.86   38" 10'7"  

PLAYER WHO WILL PERFORM BETTER IN NFL THAN MANY DRAFTED BEFORE HIM

Jackson, Holmes and Moss are rated higher than Williams because they run in the 4.3's, so are considered game-breakers.  However, of those three, the only player I expect to be a top number one receiver is Jackson.  It would not surprise me if Williams became the second most productive receiver in this draft (from a receptions standpoint).  Williams is a good athlete, knows how to get open and has good speed.

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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - At the Senior Bowl, Williams had an excellent week of practice, but got banged up late and was limited in the game.  Williams is a consistent performer with good hands and moves.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Williams may become the most reliable receiver from this class.  Williams has better-than-you-think speed, excellent hands, and toughness.
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Daniels Georgia Tech 5'10.1", 214 4.64 1.60 2.75 4.40   7.13 21 35" 9'11"  
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - At the Hula Bowl, Daniels showed power and moves.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Daniels is a the kind of player who can be a season-saver for a team.  He does not possess the speed or quickness to be a top tier starting NFL running back, but is a strong, tough kid who knows how to follow his blocks and runs hard.  Daniels is an ideal backup who will be effective if called upon to step in for an injured starter. 
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Landry Georgia Tech 6'0.7", 220 4.60 1.62 2.69 4.28   7.00 20 39" 10'8"  
SS
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Landry is an in-the-box safety with good size and strength.  He will be an asset for a team that uses a strong safety primarily against the run.  He is not as effective in pass coverage.  He will be a special teams terror as well.
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Sypniewski Colorado 6'6.4", 268 4.77 1.66 2.82 4.54 11.45 7.09 19 32.5" 9'6"  
 TE
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - A big target with a history of injuries, Sypniewski was expected to run a little faster than he did during workouts.  On the football field he does show straight-line speed and provides a big target.  He could be useful in two tight end sets.
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Koch Nebraska 5'11", 225                    
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Martin Wyoming 5'10", 202 4.45 1.56 2.65 3.98 10.69 6.72 17 40" 10'7"  
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Quick, quick, and quick!  That sums up Martin who is more quick than fast, and is a very good athlete.  He also has good cover skills and can blitz off the edge.  Martin sometimes allows defenders to muscle him out of plays, but he has the strength to correct that flaw.  Martin can immediately step in to cover slot receivers, and has the ability to develop into a good starting corner down the road.  Martin is an underrated player in the draft.
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LaCasse Syracuse 6'2.4", 254 4.54 1.65 2.73 4.28   7.01 34 34" 9'11"  
DE/OLB
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - LaCasse has the speed and quickness to transition to OLB in a 3-4 scheme.  He had 9 sacks his senior year and rushing the passer should be his biggest asset in the NFL as well.
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Olson UCLA 6'1.6", 212 5.06 1.75 2.93 4.44       23" 8'1"  
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - At the East West Shrine Game Olson showed some skills, but was inconsistent.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - If Olson was 6'4" he would be considered a throwback, pocket, quarterback.  He reminds me of a shorter Drew Bledsoe.  Olson is a very accurate quarterback with the arm to make all required NFL throws.  In his senior year he completed 64% of his passes, and threw 34 touchdown passes and only 6 interceptions.  What Olson lacks, beside size, is mobility.  He also proved to be the most accurate passer at the College All Star Challenge.  Olson will be drafted late, but is a player I would like to look at in camp if I were a NFL GM.
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Hinkel Iowa 6'0.3", 191 4.50 1.57 2.67 4.10 11.10 6.98   36" 10'1"  
Mike Mayock, NFL Network - Could be a good special teams player.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Hinkel is a smart kid who goes all out on every play.  He will, probably, never be a starter, but could be an excellent fourth of fifth receiver who can fill in for injured players and come up with a good game, and can play in multiple receiver sets, get open and make a clutch catch.  Hinkel is a quality bottom on the roster guy.
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Meadow Washington 6'4.7", 321 5.34 1.88 3.14 4.85   8.12 29 24" 8'3"  
OG/OT
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Past injuries will impact where Meadow goes in the draft.  However, when healthy, Meadow shows good strength and mobility, and has the ability to play inside at guard or outside at tackle.  Due to his versatility and upside, Meadow could be a nice player to draft, because, worst case, a team will be drafting a player who will be a quality sub.  That is, of course, assuming his injuries are all in the past.

 

2006 TEAM NEEDS
prior to free agency

LEGEND:  MAJOR NEED     NEED     DEPTH/POSSIBLE NEED     NOT A NEED 

BAL
QB Boller showed some improvement late, but the Ravens need to bring in a player who can challenge him for the starting spot.  Wright is an UFA.
RB Lewis, Taylor, and even White are UFAs, Smith is a RFA.  The Ravens need to determine how they will fill their running back spots this offseason, bringing back Lewis or Taylor, or bring back neither and going in a different direction.
WR Clayton and Mason are two good, albeit small, starting receivers.  The Ravens need a dependable number three with size.
TE Heap is a star, Dinkins, a blocker is an UFA.  If Dinkins leaves a blocking tight end will have to be brought in.  Wilcox is a RFA who showed the ability to be a good receiver.  Too bad for him he is a RFA in the year of the tight end in the college draft.  Any other year a team might try to overpay him to loosen him from the Ravens.
OL The Ravens need a starting right tackle, and a starting left guard.  Terry could surprise and win the tackle job, but a player needs to be brought in to compete with him, and possibly Pashos.  At guard Mulitalo may have played his last game for the Ravens.
DL Starters Kemoeatu and Weaver are UFAs and that is cause for concern.  Suggs and Cody are good pass rushing ends, Gregg a good run stuffer.  The Ravens need to get their house in order as far as their UFAs or they will have to bring in new blood. 
LB Lewis is coming back from injury and it remains to be seen if he will be the Lewis of old.  Polley is an UFA.  So is Scott who may get a starting job elsewhere.  Thomas may be the Ravens' best linebacker now.  The Ravens will bring in an inside and an outside linebacker.
DB McAllister had another disappointing year.  It may be time to look elsewhere.  Rolle is a solid cover corner so can't force the run.  Reed is a star. Demps is an under-appreciated free safety who is an UFA and will find a job elsewhere.  Carter and Sanders, extra corners are also gone.  The Ravens need a corner or two, and a free safety.
ST Stover is a very good kicker.  Zastudil is a steady punter but is an UFA.  A kickoff specialist will be brought in to replace Elling.  Sams is a good return man.

 

 2005 COLLEGE DRAFT

Baltimore   - links below go to NFL.com reports Jaybird Jaybird
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Ranking Value Board
1 22 Clayton, Mark WR 5-10 193 Oklahoma # 2 WR Round 1
2 53 Cody, Dan DE 6-4 270 Oklahoma # 3 DE/OLB Hybrid Round 1
2 64 Terry, Adam OT 6-8 330 Syracuse # 4 OT Round 2
4 124 Brown, Jason C 6-3 313 North Carolina # 3 C Round 3
5 158 Green, Justin FB 5-11 251 Montana   > Round 4
6 213 Anderson, Derek QB 6-6 239 Oregon State Late Round Value > Round 4
7 234 Smith, Mike ILB 6-1 238 Texas Tech   > Round 4
FA   Manus, Tommy WR 6-4 222 Morgan State Late Round Value > Round 4

 

The Ravens got excellent value on day one, but outside of Brown, could have done better from a value-perspective on day two.

The Ravens draft was adequate.  Clayton was my second rated receiver.  However, when paired with Mason, it gives the Ravens' two starting receivers under 6'0".  I know they have Moore, but the ravens didn't draft Clayton in round one to be there third receiver for the long haul.  Cody was a defensive end in college who will play outside linebacker with the Ravens.  In their old 3-4 that made sense.  However, I'm not sure he has the speed to be a regular strong-side linebacker in a 4-3.  He should be effective as a pass rusher in the Ravens' nickel, whether playing up or down.  Terry was good value in round two.  He has the skill to be a left tackle.  If he develops, and Ogden becomes too expensive, Terry could eventually move into the Ravens' starting lineup.  Brown was also a good pick in round four.  In a year or two he could challenge Flynn for their starting job at center.  green was a reach in round five.  He is a quick fullback, but is not a dominating blocker. A lot of the draft analysts liked the Ravens' selection of Anderson.  I think he is too similar to their old quarterback Chris Redman.  He lacks mobility, and is not very athletic.  Smith, in round seven, is a special teams type of player.

The only college street free agent signing I will mention is wide receiver Tommy Manus.  At 6'4", he has good size and strong hands.  Manus has a good chance to land on the ravens' practice squad.

RED NUMBERS BELOW - among best at position   
Long shuttle numbers (where available) in blue, top performers to be determined later

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Clayton WR 4.42 1.55 4.07   6.95   36.5" 9'10" 21
Vic Carucci of NFL.com reports: Standout performance at the National Scouting Combine caused many talent evaluators to take notice ... Showed exceptional quickness, hands and body control ... Runs routes with great precision and has the explosiveness and speed to make big gains after the catch.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports:
After day 4 at the combine, , Al Davis compared Mark Clayton of Oklahoma to Issac Bruce.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Clayton had a good Senior Bowl game, showing good hands, and the ability to get open.  The announcers said, he didn't drop a pass during the week of practice.  I'm not surprised.
Pat Kirwan of NFL.com reports:
Mark Clayton from Oklahoma just looked like the best athlete on the field (Senior Bowl practice). One personnel director I watched the Tuesday morning practice with said, "I have to evaluate the receivers today and I already think Clayton is the best player out there." We were at practice 10 minutes when he made that comment.
MiamiDolphins.com reports:
Dolphins head coach Nick saban said he was "impressed" with Oklahoma WR Mark Clayton during Senior Bowl practice Tuesday, Jan. 25, reports .
Zac Jackson, of ClevelandBrowns.com, reports
Oklahoma WR Mark Clayton made several impressive receptions during Monday's, Jan. 24, Senior Bowl practice in Mobile, Alabama.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Clayton is a player who is falling.  Why?  Because receivers under six feet always look better the further you are away from draft day.   However, Clayton can be the next Steve Smith, Chris Chambers, Laveranues Coles.  He has speed, quickness and moves.  In fact, he is my second-rated receiver in the draft.
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Cody DE/OLB                 21
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Has been shooting up draft boards, at least as far as Mel Kiper is concerned.  Cody plays with both passion and skill.  A player to watch closely as the draft nears.  A natural pass rusher.
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Terry OT 5.39 1.85 4.79   7.90   28" 8'0" 26
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Terry has good skills but needs to get stronger.  Once he hits the weight room he will be a very good starting tackle in the NFL.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports: 
Terry showed an outstanding hand punch on several plays that froze the DE in his tracks.  Terry, though, also looks like he needs to improve his core strength. Terry, who moves surprisingly well, needs to get his pads lower when handling a strong bull rush.
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Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Brown has good quickness and strength, who plays well when matched up head-on by a nose tackle.  Brown should, eventually, be a starter in the NFL.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports: 
North Carolina C Jason Brown still needs to get off the snap quicker, but did wrestle huge Alabama DT Anthony Bryant on the ground on one occasion Wednesday at Senior Bowl practice.
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Green FB 4.77 1.67 4.22   7.26 23 31" 9'1" 17
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Green is a quick fullback.
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Anderson QB 5.10   4.67   7.67   29" 8'7" 23
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Anderson has good size and a great arm.  However, he is inconsistent and, at times, makes bad decisions.
Allen Trieu of NFLDraftShowcase.com reports:
Anderson needs work refining himself as a quarterback, but he has great physical tools and the type of arm and size that cannot be taught. Still, he's a couple years away from being anywhere near being able to play in an NFL regular season game and as a result, he'll be somewhere in the neighborhood of a 5th Round selection.
NFLFans.com reports: Anderson has good size for the position and the physical skills to go with it, but isn't mentally on top of the game. Playing in an extremely pass heavy offense, Anderson still provided a sub-par completion percentage and poor TD:INT ratio. Very inconsistent.
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Smith ILB 4.85   4.04            
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Smith has played both weak-side linebacker, and middle linebacker.  While he was a tackiling machine in college, he did so more on effort than on athletic ability.  He needs work in his technique if he is to stick on the next level.
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Manus WR 4.60 1.60 4.34   7.21   38" 10'0" 12
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Manus has good size, and acceptable speed, quickness, and athletic ability.  He is a good bet to land on some team's practice squad.  He has a chance to develop into a solid NFL player down-the-line.

2005 TEAM NEEDS PRIOR TO FREE AGENCY AND THE DRAFT

Jay Goldberg of 90FootballLinks.NET reports: 
major need         need position         possible need, depth needed    no real need
Key UFA: Baxter CB, Taylor WR, Anderson G, Rabach C, Douglas DE, Hartwell LB
Sanders CB, Carter CB, Stewart QB, Johnson WR
Key RFA: Taylor RB (6th), Jones TE (5th), Demps S, Williams S (6th), Zastudil P (4th)
NOTE - RFA COMPENSATION AT MINIMUM TENDER

QB: I'm still not convinced that Boller will be a top tier QB.  I would draft Greene early on day two as insurance.  Stewart, their backup is an UFA.   
RB: Lewis is a stud.  Taylor is a RFA who may get some play in the offseason.  Smith is capable of backing up Lewis if Taylor leaves.
WR: Johnson and Taylor won't be back.  Moore has potential.  The Ravens need a number one , and a second receiver for their bench.
TE:
Heap is one of the best in the league.  Jones is a solid backup but is a RFA.  Wilcox also has talent.
OL: Anderson and Rabach are UFAs, and the Raven's don't have much depth.  They will need to sort out their line this offseason.  There plan should be to bring back all starters and bring in a player or two for depth.
DL: The Ravens get most of their pass rush from their outside linebackers.  Douglas, an UFA, and Weaver play the run better than the pass.  A good two-way player would be an upgrade.  Gregg is very good in the middle.
LB: If Hartwell leaves in free agency, which is likely, it will leave a big hole in the raven defense.  Lewis and the outside backers are excellent.
DB: Baxter and McAllister are a good pair of corners, but Baxter is an UFA.  So are Sanders and Carter, two players who, possibly, could fill in for a year if Baxter leaves. At safety, Reed is pro bowl, and Demps is underrated.
ST: Stover is a top kicker.  Zastudil a good directional punter is a RFA.  Sams is a promising young kick returner.

 

2004 COLLEGE DRAFT

Baltimore
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
2 51 Edwards, Dwan DT 6-2 309 Oregon State
3 82 Darling, Devard WR 6-1 213 Washington State
5 153 Green, Roderick OLB 6-2 243 Central Missouri
6 187 Harris, Josh QB 6-1 238 Bowling Green
6 199 Moore, Clarence WR 6-5 211 Northern Arizona
7 244 Abney, Derek WR 5-9 171 Kentucky
7 246 Rimpf, Brian OT 6-5 319 East Carolina

 

The Ravens clearly drafted best available.  The result was good football players but lost opportunities.  Personally, I don't know how they passed on wide receiver Keary Colbert in round two.  Colbert has a legitimate chance to be a number one receiver.  He is fast, strong and has great hands.  That was a mistake, a big one.  Edwards is a good player, and will be part of the Ravens' defensive line rotation this year; however, if the Ravens selected Colbert in round one, Issac Sopoaga, maybe the strongest man in the draft, would have been there for them in round three.  Personally, I'd rather have Colbert and Sopoaga then Edwards and Darling.  Speaking of Darling, he will be a steady receiver, but is best served as a number two, not a number one.  He will fit in with the other Raven receivers, Travis Taylor, Kevin Johnson, et all, as good receivers, but no true difference maker.  Roderick Green is another example of excellent value, a player with a high upside, but possibly, a missed opportunity.  He has good potential as a pass-rushing outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense; but will sit behind Boulware, Suggs, Thomas and Brown.  He does provide Boulware-salary cap insurance down the line.  The missed opportunity here was free safety Jason Shivers.  I happen to like Will Demps as a player, but the Ravens could have used a player to push him.  Demps may be best served as a backup and nickel safety.  In fact, after grabbing Colbert in round two, I may have drafted Matt Ware, Dexter Reid or Will Allen in round three.  Josh Harris was the Ravens' best pick.  I had a third round grade on Harris.  If I was going to choose a developmental quarterback, Harris would have been my guy.  He has athletic skills, smarts and a good feel for the position.  The Ravens may have found a late round steal, and a player who could either be a long term backup for Boller; or could even replace him if he falters.  By the way, Boller not developing into a top quarterback is a real possibility.   Moore was another good late round pick.  He has size and should be an effective red zone and third down receiver.  He has upside, but it stops as a solid number two (hmmm).  Abney will battle for a backup receiver spot.  To make it, he will have to display good kick return skills.  Rimpf is a hit-or-miss prospect.  I like the risk on this kid as a seventh rounder.  He will either be gone in two to three years, or a starter.  As far as college street free agents, one to keep an eye on is cornerback Marcell Allmond.  He has size and decent speed, and could be a good special teams player.  He is also new to the cornerback position, and could develop into more than a special teams player down the road.

PLAYER/ TEAM NEWS PRIOR TO DRAFT

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Edwards DT 6-3 1/8, 319 5.08 1.82 4.66 7.59 26 28" 8-9
Edwards
Oregon State

#7 ranked DT by Jaybird

Drew Boylhart of www.thehuddlereport.com reports: DT - Dwan Edwards - Oregon St - Good 1 gap DT that has some abilities to play 2gap.
NFLFans.com reports: Edwards is an intelligent and skilled athlete who will need a little time to develop before making significant contributions on the field but should become a very good defensive tackle at the next level.
Matt Miller of draftshowcase.com reports: Edwards has been coming on as of late and may have pushed himself into the 2nd round. He had a very good career at OSU, but failed to wow scouts with his off-season workouts. He measured in at 6’3 1/8 and 319 lbs, and ran a solid, if unspectacular 5.15 40. He has never been an overly production pass rusher, but will make a few plays. Excels at getting push on offensive lineman and will bloom in an anchor in a gap controlled scheme.
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Darling 6-1½, 212 4.50 - 4.27 11.44 7.39 - 37" 10-9
Darling
Wash State

#14 ranked WR by Jaybird

Pete Fiutak / CollegeFootballNews.com posted at foxsports.com reports: Projected: late 2nd to 3rd round.  Good or bad move to leave early? Yet another big receiver with speed in the draft, it'll be interesting to see if Darling gets lost in the shuffle among the other top receivers. He could become a late first round pick with a few great workouts. He led the Cougars in receiving this year. The NFL always likes home-run hitting receivers with size.
Matt Gambill of AllProScouting reports: Devard Darling ran 4.52, 4.50 at the Combine.
Vic Ketchman of  jaguars.com reports: Washington State's Devard Darling, 6-1, 213, is a second-round candidate. Whatever his route to the NFL, it's a first-pick-of-the-draft story. Darling's brother, Devaughn, died tragically from a genetic disease in Florida State's spring practice. Florida State said it would honor Devard's scholarship but would not permit him to play. That caused Devard to seek out another school and Washington State passed him medically. He's coming out as a junior and his ability may interest a team, though his game needs to be polished.
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Green O 6.02.1, 235 4.58 - - 7.26 23 - -
Green
Central Missouri

#9 ranked OLB by Jaybird

NFLFans.com reports:  Roderick Green's name will be popping up frequently as we approach the draft. He is going to be one of those workout warriors with impressive small school stats combined with great workout numbers who will shoot up some draft boards.  Mel Kiper had him in his top 25 seniors at one time. He has been described as a division 2 version of Terrell Suggs with an uncanny combination of power and speed. He entered the 2003 season the only division 2 player rated in the top 40 by the National Scouting Service.
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Harris 6-1, 234 4.73 4.20 7.03 32" 9-7
Harris
Bowling Green

#5 ranked QB by Jaybird

Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: Observations from two AFC personnel directors and an NFC college scout "A very impressive kid, at least just sitting down with him to talk, is (Bowling Green) quarterback Josh Harris. His dad (former Cincinnati tight end M.L. Harris) had a pretty nice career in the league and this kid is from good stock. Nope, he doesn't have the size or the arm. But he moves better than most of the (quarterbacks) in this draft and he makes a ton of plays. Very smart, seems very heady, and he could be a guy drafted on the first day. We're anxious to see him throw the ball."
InsideTheLeague.com reports: Bowling Green QB Josh Harris did not go through workouts at the NFL Combine, but he did take part in throwing drills. While he took part in passing drills, he looked like he was going through the motions and doubts about his arm strength appear to have resurfaced.
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Moore
Northern Arz

Jaybird: below 4th round

Mel Kiper of ESPN.com reports: WR Moore  is a player Kiper identified as an "under the radar" player.
Eric Edholm of ProFootballWeekly.com  reports: Under the radar -WR Clarence Moore, Northern Arizona — Moore’s biggest asset is his size, and with teams looking more and more for mismatches against smaller cornerbacks, he could sneak into the late fourth round. Although he still needs some polish, Moore measured out at an impressive 6-foot-5 and 211 pounds at the Combine and had a good performance there. Scouts think he could be a dangerous red-zone target.
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Moore 5-9 1/8, 176 4.50 - 4.14 11.06 6.68 - 35" 10-3
Abney
Kentucky

Jaybird: below 4th round

Bryan Dietzler of NFLFans.com repiorts: Abney does not possess the size and strength of an NFL full-time starting wide receiver. He lacks the toughness and strength of a typical NFL wide receiver (Terrell Owens, Marvin Harrison) and would have a hard time wrestling away a tough catch from an opposing cornerback. He does posses outstanding vision, a tremendous burst of up field quickness and is an excellent open field runner. He is cast in the mold of players such as Dante Hall who can be good receivers in certain situations, such as being a third wideout, but is best suited for punt or kickoff returns.
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Gallery T 6.05.7, 315 5.32 - 4.90 7.86 31 28" 8-11
Rimpf
East Carolina

Jaybird: below 4th round

NFLFans.com reports:  Brian Rimpf is the type of player who is the tale of two tackles. Some will see the left tackle who dominated against players such as Dwight Freeney and Julius Peppers. A technician and a relentless player who with a little work and development could be a good starter for a team for many years.  Others will see a player who lacks motivation and is an underachiever, wasting physical skills which would allow those with a little “fire in the furnace” to excel and become a dominating star at the next level.
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Allmond CB 6-0.6, 201 4.50 - - - 21 38" 10-1
Allmond
USC

Jaybird: below 4th round

NFLFans.com reports: Good looking albeit raw prospect who moved from wideout to cornerback in 2002. Plays on instincts and athleticism, looks to have all the tools and could move up the draft boards with a good showing at the NFL scouting combine. Will need to check out medically.

 

2003 COLLEGE DRAFT

Baltimore
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
1 10 Suggs, Terrell DE 6-3 262 Arizona State
1 19 Boller, Kyle QB 6-3 234 California
3 77 Smith, Musa RB 6-1 232 Georgia
4 109 Johnson, Jarret DT 6-3 284 Alabama
4 134 Mughelli, Ovie FB 6-1 255 Wake Forest
5 146 Franklin, Aubrayo DT 6-2 307 Tennessee
5 173 Pashos, Tony OT 6-6 337 Illinois
6 182 Sapp, Gerome SS 6-0 216 Notre Dame
7 223 Smith, Trent TE 6-5 243 Oklahoma
7 250 Mabry, Mike C 6-1 295 Central Florida
7 258 Sanders, Antwoine FS 6-2 202 Utah

B+

2003 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

Suggs is a steal at number ten.  He will be moved to outside linebacker and should have a very productive NFL career.  I'm not as sold on Boller as most.  He has skills but had only one first-round type of year in college.  Successful NFL-quarterbacking is more than physical skills.  However, he has the perfect head coach to bring out his ability.  Musa Smith is a tough back with better speed and hands than it appears.  He has injury concerns, but provides excellent insurance for Jamal Lewis, who himself, is injury prone.  Johnson was good value in round four.  He could see playing time this year.  Mughelli was the best blocking fullback in the draft.  Franklin has put on considerable weight, it remains to be seen how effective he will be at that weight.  Pashos was good value in round five.  He has the skills to develop into a starting tackle. The Ravens will have competition at strong safety in camp and Sapp will be a part of it.  Smith is more of "Heap-insurance" than a second tight end.  He is a much better receiver than blocker.  Mabry is a development project, while Sanders has skills and was good value in round seven.  He could surprise.
Suggs Len Pasquarelle of ESPN.com reports: Arizona State DE Terrell Suggs is not going to work out at the Combine. He is one of many players who will work out at their Pro Day only. He checked in at 6-feet-3 and 262 pounds, which was about 10 pounds more than his 2002 playing weight. The Houston Texans had requested Suggs participate in the linebacker drills just to see how he played in space and how he might fit into a scheme that relies more on stand-up pass rushers.
Gil Brandt, for NFL.com, reports Arizona State DE Terrell Suggs will work out as a LB at the NFL Combine.
WORKOUT NUMBERS
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports, Suggs stood at 6-3 3/8 and 257 pounds. The first time Suggs ran the 40, it was a consensus 4.86 (meaning everyone had him clocked in that range). The second time, he ran for a high of 4.9 and a low of 4.77, depending on whose watch you're looking at. He ran better the second time, according to people there.  He did 19 reps, had a 32½-inch vertical and a 9-foot long jump. He added a 4.33 in the short shuttle and a 7.48 in the three-cone drill.  I thought he would run faster, but I also thought Jerry Rice would run faster and he didn't. A lot of times, 40 times can be deceiving because players can play a lot faster on the field with equipment on. Falcons national scout Mike Hagen was there, a man with years and years of valuable experience. Here is his analysis on Suggs: 
"He looked a lot better once he got started into the football drills, but he didn't run as expected.  We're talking about a guy who's a potential top 10 pick, and he didn't post those kinds of numbers. He's just one of those guys who's not a workout guy, but if you like him as a football player, then these things shouldn't bother you. With a helmet and pads on, he's a very productive, highly-successful player against top competition. But his workout won't influence my grade on this kid. I have him getting a high first-round grade."
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John Clayton of ESPN.com reports: Arizona State DE Terrell Suggs went through his second workout on Friday, April 18. However, the second workout didn’t change the results much. Running on an artificial surface, Suggs was clocked at 4.87, 4.9 and 4.93 in the 40-yard dash and weighed in at 258 pounds
Boller During Senior Bowl week, you couldn't  find a scout or personnel man with a bad word to say about Boller.
KFFL.com reports Cal QB Kyle Boller said on Friday (at combine) that he measured in at 6-foot-3 and 234 pounds. He said he’d like to play between 230 and 235 pounds. He won’t throw at the NFL Combine but will at his pro day on March 13.
Gil Brandt reports for NFL.com Cal QB Kyle Boller ran well at the NFL Combine Sunday. He ran in the low 4.6s. Brandt said Boller really helped himself a lot with his workout. As noted earlier though, he did not throw. Brandt said Boller was very, very good.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: QB Kyle Boller (California) helped his draft staus at the combine.  One of the few top-shelf quarterbacks who didn't throw on Sunday but, when he ran in the 4.6s at 233 pounds, he had scouts sitting up in their seats. Boller was already moving up because of a solid week at Senior Bowl and, with a good campus workout, he could well nudge himself into the first round.

Profootballweekly.com reports QB Boller moves past Leftwich in some people’s eyes.
  Heading into the Combine, most draft services had USC’s Carson Palmer and Marshall’s Byron Leftwich ranked one-two, but even though he chose not to throw before pro scouts until his pro day, Cal QB Kyle Boller made a tremendous impression because of the workouts he did choose to participate in, as well as his interviews with both the teams and the media.
Draft2003.com reports: Kyle Boller, California -- Ran 4.58 in the 40... at 6-foot-3, 234 pounds... did not throw... but did exactly what he needed to do... which is make teams think... would not be surprised if he was rated in the Top-2 at his position on a few teams' boards... there is something about this kid that you can't measure on the field or in a personal workout... it usually is a sign of being a "Special" talent...
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports, Boller participated in a full workout because he didn't do his drills at the Combine. He did all he running and jumping in Indianapolis, but no passing. Cal head coach Jeff Tedford ran the drills at the Pro Day.  Boller threw about 100 passes to three Cal wide receivers and one tight end. He threw all kinds of routes. He carries the ball good and high, and he can drive the ball if he has to or lay it in softly. Boller definitely has touch.  Boller went there as a 198-pound freshman, now he weighs 233 pounds with nice arm strength. He seems to have a real good feel for the game … a player that dramatically helped himself with his Combine performance and individual workout.  When Boller went to Cal, he and Chris Simms of Texas were the two QBs coming out of high school that were supposedly the future of the position. Now Boller probably has better arm strength than David Carr did last year. He did not play well for three years, but got Tedford (who coached Carr at Fresno State and Akili Smith at Oregon) as the new coach for his senior year. The impact was immediate as Boller threw three touchdowns and ran for another in a 70-22 romp over Baylor in the season opener.  For the first three years when he was very average, Boller never said anything derogatory in interviews to NFL personnel about previous coordinators and never complained about being in the wrong system.
M. Smith Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: if the early indications mean anything (at combine) Musa Smith (Georgia) has helped himself some.
ProFootballWeekly.com reports Georgia RB Musa Smith, weighed in at 6-1 ¾, 232 pounds at the combine.  Smith said he was clocked at 4.3 last week by Atlanta-based strength and conditioning coach Chip Smith.
WORKOUT NUMBERS  Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports, Smith measured 6-1 and 231 pounds. He did the 40 twice and ran it in 4.45 and 4.50 seconds. Smith also had a 38-inch vertical. (Matt Gambill of All ProScouting.com also had Musa with 28 reps).
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: Tailback Musa Smith, who ran in the low-to-mid 4.4s this week, was one of several University of Georgia players who improved their stock.
Matt Gambill of AllProScouting.com reports, Musa has neck and back issues that were uncovered over the weekend (early April)
Johnson WORKOUT NUMBERS Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports, DT Jarret Johnson, who did everything at the Combine, did everything here again. He was described as "quick as a cat" in his workouts outside. Listed at 6-foot-3 and 285 pounds, he ran his 40s in 4.99 and 4.98, had a 30½-inch vertical jump, 8-foot-11 long jump, and threw the bar up 23 times.
Mughelli WORKOUT NUMBERS  Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports, FB Mughelli stood at 6-1, 250 pounds. He was timed at 4.84 and 4.85 in the 40, 4.55 in the short shuttle and 7.96 in the three-cone drill. He had a 30-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot-9 long jump and benched 15 times.
Franklin AllProScouting.com reports Aubrayo Franklin-DT-Tennessee measured 6014, 307 and did 29 reps.
WORKOUT NUMBERS Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports,  Aubrayo ran 5.2 and 5.27, had a 28 1/2-inch vertical jump, 8-foot-6 long jump, and benched 17 times.
Pashos AllProScouting.com reports Tony Pashos measured 337-pounds and did 38 reps.
T. Smith WORKOUT NUMBERS  Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports, TE Trent Smith ran a 4.78 at his Pro Day. He weighed 243 pounds.
Sanders WORKOUT NUMBERS Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports, Sanders elected to come out early. He ran very well (4.48 seconds in the 40) and had a 36½-inch vertical.

 

 2002 COLLEGE DRAFT

GRADE : B


Reed becomes an instant starter at free safety and allows the Ravens to move Baxter to corner or strong safety (my choice).  A move to strong safety can give the Ravens a pair of talented young  safeties.  Weaver should also start and was good value at #52.  Zastudil was the best punter in the draft.  WR Johnson looks better in games than in workouts.  The jury is out.  TE Jones Jr. should be a solid #2 TE behind Heap.  If not for knee injuries he would have gone a lot higher.  SS Chad Williams could be a real sleeper.  At worst he will become a superb nickel safety.  At best he will allow Baxter to moved to corner and give the Ravens a pair of safeties adept at getting turnovers.


Links below take you to NFL.com's report on player, position or college team. 

Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
1 24 Reed, Edward FS 5-11 201 Miami (Fla.)
2 52 Weaver, Anthony DT 6-3 296 Notre Dame
4 112 Zastudil, Dave P 6-3 222 Ohio
4 123 Johnson, Ron WR 6-2 225 Minnesota
5 155 Jones, Terry TE 6-3 265 Alabama
6 195 Brightful, Lamont WR 5-9 155 Eastern Washington
6 206 Hunter, Javin WR 5-11 186 Notre Dame
6 207 Taylor, Chester RB 5-11 213 Toledo
6 209 Williams, Chad SS 5-9 207 Southern Mississippi
7 236 Pate, Wes QB 6-2 228 Stephen F. Austin

 

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