Culmination of Draft Season Only 48 Hours Away

April 23, 2009 | Glenn Clark

Drew says the Ravens are selecting Kenny Britt. I wouldn’t be stunned by the pick, and wholeheartedly understand their interest in both Brandon Pettigrew and Beanie Wells as well. Here is a link to yesterday’s profiles, which includes links to my previous profiles.

Here is the full list of players I’ve profiled during Draft season…..

CB’s Sean Smith (Utah), Alphonso Smith (Wake Forest), D.J. Moore (Vanderbilt), Vontae Davis (Illinois), Darius Butler (UConn), Jairus Byrd (Oregon), Kevin Barnes (Maryland), Greg Toler (St. Paul’s), Sherrod Martin (Troy), Mike Mickens (Cincinnati)
WR’s Darrius Heyward-Bey (Maryland), Hakeem Nicks (North Carolina), Kenny Britt (Rutgers), Percy Harvin (Florida), Derrick Williams (Penn State), Kevin Ogletree (Virginia), Deon Butler (Penn State), Louis Murphy (Florida), Mike Thomas (Arizona), Brandon Tate (North Carolina), Brian Robiskie (Ohio State), Patrick Turner (USC), Brian Hartline (Ohio State), Johnny Knox (Abilene Christian), Tiquan Underwood (Rutgers), Jeremy Maclin (Missouri), Mohamed Massaquoi (Georgia), Ramses Barden (Cal Poly), Brandon Gibson (Washington State), Aaron Kelly (Clemson), Brooks Foster (North Carolina), Juaquin Iglesias (Oklahoma)
LB’s Clint Sintim (Virginia), Clay Matthews (USC), Larry English (Northern Illinois), James Laurinaitis (Ohio State), Darry Beckwith (LSU), Brian Cushing (USC), Rey Maualuga (USC), Moise Fokou (Maryland), Scott McKillop (Pitt), Connor Barwin (Cincinnati), Marcus Freeman (Ohio State)
TE’s Brandon Pettigrew (Oklahoma State), Chase Coffman (Missouri), Travis Beckum (Wisconsin), Jared Cook (South Carolina), Dan Gronkowski (Maryland), Shawn Nelson (Southern Mississippi), Richard Quinn (North Carolina), Cornelius Ingram (Florida)
K Graham Gano (Florida State), David Buehler (USC)
DE Aaron Maybin (Penn State), Lawrence Sidbury (Richmond), Robert Ayers (Tennessee), Jovan Belcher (Maine), Jarron Gilbert (San Jose State), Michael Johnson (Georgia Tech), Tyson Jackson (LSU)
DT Jeremy Navarre (Maryland)
OT Eben Britton (Arizona), Andre Smith (Alabama), T.J. Lang (Eastern Michigan), Phil Loadholt (Oklahoma), Michael Oher (Ole Miss), William Beatty (UConn), Jamon Meredith (South Carolina)
C Edwin Williams (Maryland), Alex Mack (Cal), Max Unger (Oregon)
S Louis Delmas (Western Michigan), Troy Nolan (Arizona State), Patrick Chung (Oregon), Rashad Johnson (Alabama), William Moore (Missouri)
QB’s Brian Hoyer (Michigan State), Pat White (West Virginia), Mike Teel (Rutgers)
FB Tony Fiammetta (Syracuse)
RB’s Beanie Wells (Ohio State), Andre Brown (NC State), Shonn Greene (Iowa), Javon Ringer (Michigan State), Donald Brown (UConn), LeSean McCoy (Pitt)

Now here are 10 more players who names you might want to know before Ozzie Newsome starts calling in picks this weekend. Thanks to ESPN.com for stats, thanks to Youtube.com for video, thanks to NFLDraftScout.com for Combine numbers and profile information, thanks to CarrollCountyTimes.com for info on Ravens’ interest.

Austin Collie (WR, BYU)

Much like Utah’s Paul Kruger, Collie’s college career included a delay due to his service on a Mormon mission. But he made the most of his time after his return; grabbing 162 balls for 2,484 yards and 22 TD’s over the last two seasons. Collie left the Cougars with a year of eligibility available; but already being 24 years old and wanting to get going with his professional career. Collie has been a fast riser in recent mock drafts, elevating his status from a mid-round pick to a possible Day 1 choice. Collie measures in at 6’1″, 200 pounds. He posted a 4.54 40 at his Pro Day, and notched a 34 inch vertical at the Combine. Collie could well be the type of “safe” pick teams often search for, and could be a very nice complementary receiver for Joe Flacco.

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Antoine Caldwell (C, Alabama)

Caldwell’s 2007 season was a bit strange. He missed the first 4 games of the season while serving a suspension for receiving free textbooks, but was yet voted team co-captain. I guess it’s possible ethics just aren’t part of what the Crimson Tide looks for in a Captain. Caldwell was worked his way up to being an early-to mid round draft pick this weekend; and could fit that role of young center the Ravens might be looking to acquire to learn behind Matt Birk. (I repeat, “might.”) Caldwell is a large man, 6’3″, 309 pounds; reaching 23 reps of 225 on the bench at the Combine-which is actually not an overly impressive number for a lineman. Caldwell reportedly struggled in 1-on-1 drills at the Senior Bowl when facing quicker defensive tackles.

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Darcel McBath (S, Texas Tech)

The Red Raiders’ defense certainly wasn’t their strength in 2008, but it wasn’t Darcel McBath’s fault. McBath tallied 65 tackles, 7 INT’s, and 2 TD returns; finishing his college career with 12 interceptions. He’s 6’0″, 198 pounds; and posted a 4.53 40 at his Pro Day to go with a 38 inch vertical at the Combine. McBath clearly has a nose for the football, which might be what the Ravens are looking for in a safety considering the questions surrounding Ed Reed’s long-term durability.

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James Casey (TE, Rice)

He’s not a natural Tight End, but he’s certainly a natural football player. Casey comes from the mold of an “H-Back”, which Chris Cooley was once considered early on in his NFL career. Casey caught 157 balls over the last 2 seasons for 1,914 yards and 17 TD’s. But he also rushed for 362 yards and 11 TD’s in the same time span. He’s been used as a Tight End, Fullback, Slot Receiver, and even a punt returner during his career with the Owls. As if all of that wasn’t enough; he also threw for 2 TD’s during his senior season. Casey left Rice with two years of eligibility remaining; but enters the Draft at the age of 24 after playing 3 years in the White Sox organization. He’s 6’3″, 246 pounds; ran a 4.74 40, did 28 reps of 225 pounds on the bench, and has a 36 inch vertical. Something tells me Cam Cameron might be able to find a way to use him if he’s on the board when the Ravens pick in the 2nd or 3rd round.

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Jason Phillips (LB, TCU)

Sometimes teams have to really dig through a target’s history to find a red flag. Other times the red flag appears when the player comes hobbling into a private meeting on crutches. Phillips-who didn’t really have much of an injury history-hobbled into meetings due to surgery to repair a torn meniscus, which he believed happened during the Combine. But Phillips likely remains a safe mid-round choice amongst inside linebackers. He tallied 170 tackles over his final two seasons with the Horned Frogs, to go with 5 sacks and 2 INT’s. He’s 6’1″, 239 pounds with a 4.60 40 and a 34 inch vertical. He did 20 reps of 225 pounds at the Combine; which isn’t overly impressive, but he’s proven himself to be a very capable tackler.

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Rashad Jennings (RB, Liberty)

Samkon Gado might have well been a 1 hit wonder, but he may have also helped pave the way for the next Liberty Running Back to reach the NFL. Liberty back Rashad Jennings made a decision three years ago to transfer down from Pitt to the Flames. While Pitt back LeSean McCoy has gone on to be an almost certain Day 1 selection, Jennings hasn’t hurt himself too much. He appears to be an early Day 2 pick, after posting big numbers in his Liberty career. Over the last 3 seasons, Jennings has rushed for 3,640 yards and 41 TD’s. And he’s carried the ball 634 times during that stretch, which might be a good omen for a team that will be looking for a reliable ball carrier. Jennings has the size of a feature back (6’1″, 231 pounds); with a 4.59 40 and a 34 inch vertical to boot. He might not be a sexy name, but Jennings could well turn into a solid every down back.

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David Veikune (DE, Hawaii)

Trevor Pryce’s age/longevity questions are the biggest reason why many analysts believe the Ravens are in the market for a rush end at some point during the Draft. Veikune was a 2 year starter at Hawaii after transferring from Coloradio and Fresno City College. The transfers might be a red flag, but Veikune’s performance certainly wasn’t. Veikune tallied 106 tackles, 16 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles during his time with the Warriors. 16.5 of Veikune’s tackles during his senior season were for losses. Veikune measures in at 6’3″, 257 pounds and posted a 4.79 40. He has a 33 inch vertical, and did 35 reps of 225 pounds on the bench.

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Garrett Reynolds (OT, North Carolina)

Garrett comes from a football family; as his uncle Jack Reynolds played 15 years in the NFL with the Rams and 49ers. Reynolds says he’s not quite as wild as the man known as “Hacksaw”, but his toughness might be what NFL teams are more interested in. Reynolds graded out well during his career with the Heels, but his strength (19 reps of 225 pounds on the bench) in Draft Season tests hasn’t matched up with his massive frame (6’8″, 309 pounds). Reynolds will likely stay on the board until late in the Draft, which would make him an intriguing option if the Ravens haven’t found a tackle as the weekend winds down.

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Eric Kettani (FB, Navy)

Kyle Eckel proved that Navy Fullbacks could succeed at the next level, but Eckel had to leave the Naval Academy to do so. Kettani will not be leaving the Academy, so he will have to head directly into service. But he is likely to be able to serve two years and then leave early for the Navy’s “Public Affairs/Recruiting Benefit” policy, which is expected to be back in effect. Kettani has had meetings with many teams, INCLUDING the Ravens-who may be in the market for a Fullback. Kettani has rushed for 1,862 yards and 14 TD’s over the last 2 seasons; averaging between 5 and 6 yards per carry. He measures in at 6’0″, 231 pounds with a 4.59 40. And while football coaches and scouts may be promoting other Draft candidates, how many of them have a plug from President Obama? From Kettani’s Facebook page….

“I’ve been watching Mel Kiper getting ready for this weekend’s NFL draft — where is he? Mel? I understand that Eric Kettani — where is Eric? Right here? One of the top-rated fullbacks in the nation. He’s a big guy.”

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Sam Swank (K, Wake Forest)

As I continue to profile kickers who the Ravens may select to provide competition for Steven Hauschka; I think Swank may well be the type of guy the Ravens are interested in, as he could be available at the end of the Draft or as a free agent. Swank served as kicker and punter for the Deacs like many other kickers in the Draft. Swank was not always terribly accurate (71/93, 76.3%); but did show off a big boot (9/13 from beyond 50 yards). Swank also finished his career missing just 1 of 125 extra points. Maybe the biggest concern about Swank is that his senior season was his worst statistically; making just 11 of 17 field goal attempts, and missing his only 50+ yard attempt. A groin injury is his biggest red flag.

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-G

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