NFL Draft: Day 2 Talent Available

April 26, 2009 |

Unless the Ravens make a trade or two, they only have 3 selections for the second day of the NFL Draft. They have 1 pick in the 3rd, 4th, and 6th rounds. There are several good players still available and if we’re lucky we’ll see some of them in purple. Here are some of the top players still available according to Gil Brandt @ NFL.com.

Defense
Jarron Gilbert, DE San Jose St Ht: 6-5.5 Wt: 285
Michael Johnson, DE Georgia Tech Ht: 6-7 Wt: 266

Both are big, physical specimens, who shot up many draft boards. They have the frames to add weight. Gilbert could play DE in a 3-4 and drop inside to the tackle spot in pass rushing situations. Johnson’s workout numbers are off the charts but he has never lived up to his potential at GT. He could start out as a DE in passing situations and grow into a bigger role.

Gilbert seems like a Raven to me. He is similar to Trevor Pryce in stature and has raw skills and could learn from Pryce as he serves as his understudy.

Ricky Jean-Francois, DT LSU Ht: 6-3 Wt: 295
Alex Magee, DT Purdue Ht: 6-3 Wt: 298

Both are quick and strong and could add bulk. Unfortunately, they both have underachieved. Magee has played all across the DL. They both have shown flashes of great play but can disappear for several plays. This was a weak draft for DT. Theses guys could be drafted or be acquired as FA.

Marcus Freeman, LB Ohio State Ht: 6-0 Wt: 239
Darry Beckwith, LB LSU Ht: 6-1 Wt: 234

Both have had major knee injuries which are a concern. Freeman doesn’t like to take on blockers, while Beckwith will challenge blockers. Both struggle to get rid of their blockers once they are engaged. Either could be taken to help out on special teams and to be developed into situational players or eventual starters.

D.J. Moore, CB Vanderbilt Ht: 5-9 Wt: 192
Kevin Barnes, CB Maryland Ht: 6-0 Wt: 187
Mike Mickens, CB Cincinnati Ht: 6-0 Wt: 186

Moore was expected to go in the 2nd round and has shown potential to be a shutdown cornerback. Barnes and Mickens are both coming back from injuries suffered in 2008. Any of them could be selected to be the dime corner and to play special teams. Eventually, they may develop into our next starting corner.

Offense
Jamon Meredith, OT South Carolina Ht: 6-5 Wt: 304
Duke Robinson, OT Oklahoma Ht: 6-5 Wt: 329
Gerald Cadogan, OL PSU Ht: 6-5 Wt: 309
Kraig Urbik, OT Wisconsin, Ht: 6-5, Wt: 325

All seem to have questions about the quickness, slow feet, or problems with their balance. All have played or could be moved to guard at the next level. With the potential for injuries, like Marshal Yanda’s, last year. You can never have too many good linemen. The Ravens have had great success developing young linemen. We have gone away from the bruiser/mauler type and have developed a more athletic line. Meredith and Urbik seem to fit the mold of what we are looking for the best. We also could use a lineman who could be a 3rd center also.

Cornelius Ingram, TE FL Ht: 6-4 Wt: 245
Jared Cook, TE South Carolina Ht: 6-5 Wt: 246
Shawn Nelson, TE Southern Miss Ht: 6-5 Wt: 240
James Cassey, TE Rice Ht: 6-3 Wt: 246
Anthony Hill, TE NC State Ht: 6-5 Wt: 262

Hill is the only TE that has had to block but he doesn’t always sustain his blocks. All of the other TE are pass catchers that would have to platoon with a run blocking TE. Cassey was a pro baseball player and has played QB in Rice’s version of the Wildcat. The Ravens looked at Jared Cook and may feel they can develop his blocking. We may draft Cook and find try to sign Cassey if he goes undrafted.

Louis Murphy, WR FL Ht: 6-2 Wt: 203
Derrick Williams, WR PSU Ht: 6-0 Wt: 194
Juaquin Iglesias, WR Oklahoma Ht: 6-1 Wt: 210

Murphy has questionable hands and is not a good blocker. The Ravens demand that their WR block. The knock on Williams and Iglesias is they never turned into the main pass catching threats. They’ve shared the spotlight with others. Williams is from MD at has been a great teammate doing whatever was asked of him at Penn State. Iglesias is quicker than he is fast. He was one of many parts on a record breaking offense. He led the team in reception and receiving yds in 2007 & 2008. He could be our late round receiver who has the chance to develop into a #1 WR.

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