Draft Eve Preludes Culmination of Draft Season

April 24, 2009 | Glenn Clark

This is it. The final update. Tomorrow is the day. You’ve seen who Drew and I think the Ravens will select, now let’s learn more about all of the players who might be possible. Here is yesterday’s update, with links to past updates……

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), Austin Collie (BYU),
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), Jason Phillips (TCU)
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), James Casey (Rice)
K Graham Gano (Florida State), David Buehler (USC), Sam Swank (Wake Forest)
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), David Veikune (Hawaii)
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), Garrett Reynolds (North Carolina)
C Edwin Williams (Maryland), Alex Mack (Cal), Max Unger (Oregon), Antoine Caldwell (Alabama)
S Louis Delmas (Western Michigan), Troy Nolan (Arizona State), Patrick Chung (Oregon), Rashad Johnson (Alabama), William Moore (Missouri), Darcel McBath (Texas Tech)
QB’s Brian Hoyer (Michigan State), Pat White (West Virginia), Mike Teel (Rutgers)
FB Tony Fiammetta (Syracuse), Eric Kettani (Navy)
RB’s Beanie Wells (Ohio State), Andre Brown (NC State), Shonn Greene (Iowa), Javon Ringer (Michigan State), Donald Brown (UConn), LeSean McCoy (Pitt), Rashad Jennings (Liberty)

Now here are the final 10 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.

Malcolm Jenkins (CB, Ohio State)

I guess we have to consider that if Malcolm Jenkins were to be available somehow at 26, the Ravens would almost be forced to pick him. He’s arguably a Top 10 talent, but so many teams appear to be shying away from Corners at the very top of this year’s Draft. I guess there is at least a chance he could somehow fall. But make no mistake, Jenkins’ body (6’0″, 204 pounds, 33 inch vertical) and ability (11 INT’s, 2 TD returns over the last 3 seasons) have scouts excited about him, but they are concerned about his speed (4.51 40), and some scouts see him as a safety in the not-too-distant future.

Eric Wood (C, Louisville)

Some would argue that Wood is an equal prospect with potential first rounders Max Unger and Alex Mack. Wood certainly has the size (6’4″, 310 pounds); and the strength (30 reps of 225 pounds on the bench) to succeed in the NFL, but he might need to be flexible. Wood has said that scouts have looked at him as a center, but have also worked him out at the Guard and Tackle positions. He had a stellar senior season, becoming a finalist for the Rimington Trophy, which goes to the top Center in the country. He could end up going in the 2nd or 3rd round, which might still be just a bit too high for the Ravens if they are searching for someone to learn behind Matt Birk.

Cameron Morrah (TE, Cal)

Morrah made a very strange decision to leave the Bears with a year of eligibility remaining, and it doesn’t appear to be a decision that is paying off. Morrah appears to a 2nd day pick, possibly a late 2nd day pick. He has a nice mix of size (6’4″, 244 pounds), speed (4.65 40), and strength (24 bench reps), but never really showed the type of production that would make scouts believe he could be a star at the next level. Morrah caught 27 passes for 326 yards in his junior season. He did prove to be a reliable red zone target however, hauling in 8 TD’s. If Morrah hangs around just long enough (which is quite possible), the Ravens could be a good fit.

Cody Brown (LB, UConn)

One of the pass rushers who is seriously going under the radar in this Draft class is Brown, who appears to be an early 2nd day pick. Brown put together a 22 sack career with the Huskies, including 10 during his senior season. He’s 6’2″, 244 pounds; ran a somewhat disappointing 4.76 40, did a decent 26 bench reps of 225 pounds, and has an impressive 36.5 inch vertical. He played Defensive End in college and at the Senior Bowl; but his size will force him to move to linebacker at the next level. Brown was one of the Huskies’ team captains in 2008, showing he’s capable of being a leader.

Cedric Peerman (RB, Virginia)

The fastest Running Back at the Combine (4.45 40), Peerman’s speed is lifting him on Draft boards where he might have struggled given his lack of size (5’10”, 216 pounds) and production (just 774 yards and 7 TD’s in his senior season). Peerman has decent hands (193 receiving yards his senior year), but might not be the ball carrier the Ravens desire (just 153 carries last season). Peerman showed solid strength and agility at the Combine; with 27 bench reps of 225 pounds and a 40 inch vertical. Peerman was a full-time kick returner his first two seasons, but was used in that capacity only sparingly during his junior and senior seasons. Peerman looks to be an early 2nd day pick; but might not be the compliment to Ray Rice and Le’Ron McClain the Ravens are searching for.

Ryan Succop (K, South Carolina)

The pursuit of a kicker to compete with Steven Hauschka might not result with Ozzie Newsome selecting a player in the Draft. The Ravens continue to confirm that Hauschka is a major part of their plans, and no one in the organization has ruled out the possibility of Matt Stover returning (although it is VERY unlikely). So adding an undrafted free agent could still be a major part of the plans. Succop could be a player drafted or signed as an undrafted player. He was never particularly accurate (49/79 FG’s for his career, 71%); but he did connect on 104/106 extra point attempts. He connected on attempts of 55 and 54 yards during his career, but was just 3/9 from beyond 50 yards. He does have another talent that might be worth looking at……

James Davis (RB, Clemson)

Davis was graded as a first day pick last season, but decided to return to Clemson to improve his Draft stock and make a run at a national championship. Unfortunately, he failed to do either. Davis, the “thunder” to CJ Spiller’s “Lightning”, rushed for 751 yards (and 11 TD’s) in his senior campaign following 1,000+ yards in each of the previous two seasons. Davis is 5’11”, 210 pounds; and shaved his 40 time down to an impressive 4.39 at his Pro Day. Davis must hope teams excuse his lack of production last season on the overall struggles of the Tigers’ offense. He could be an interesting player to put in the Ravens’ backfield mix, especially if he slides late into the 5th or 6th round.

Jarett Dillard (WR, Rice)

How do these numbers sound for a 4 year career? 292 catches, 4,138 yards, and 60 TD’s. Pretty impressive in a pretty explosive offense. Dillard’s size and lack of significant competition are the biggest reasons why he is considered an early Day 2 pick instead of a solid first day selection. Dillard checks in at 5’11”, 185 pounds; with a 4.53 40. He dazzled scouts at the East-West Shrine Game; but scouts expected him to be the most talented player on that field. Dillard is recognized best for his ability to get open in traffic, but would not be the Ravens’ guy if size is what they’re looking for.

Ryan Mouton (CB, Hawaii)

While Mouton is undersized (5’10”, 180 pounds) and was not the most productive player in the world (62 tackles, 3 INT’s, 2 Forced Fumbles in his career); he was versatile and made the most of his opportunities during his career with the Warriors. Mouton returned two of his 3 career INT’s for TD’s, including a 91 yard return. He also returned kicks during the last 2 seasons; which produced 2 TD’s as well. Mouton was a jack of all trades during his senior campaign, lining up as a receiver and making 8 catches as well. He’ll likely stay on the board until late in the Draft, and could be a project pick for the Ravens.

Ian Johnson (RB, Boise State)

Over 2 years ago, America fell in love with Ian Johnson thanks to…..

……since that time, Johnson’s numbers have suffered. During Boise State’s Fiesta Bowl Championship season of 2006-Johnson rushed for 1,714 yards and 25 TD’s. In the 2 years since then, he’s rushed for a total of 1,807 yards and 29 TD’s. He’s been battling injuries, and the Broncos went with more of a Running Back by committee approach last season. Johnson is 5’11”, 212 pounds; but posted a somewhat disappointing 4.57 40. Johnson is probably too far removed from his significant ball carrying days to fit what the Ravens are looking for in a Running Back; but if he can find the comfort he had in 2006, he could still be a contributor at the next level. And if Chris Myers is patrolling the sidelines, they might have a thing or two to talk about…..

I’ll offer videos of 15 more players you might want to take a look at…..

Chip Vaughn (S, Wake Forest)

Everette Brown (DE, Florida State)

Dane Randolph (OT, Maryland)

Ryan Palmer (CB, Texas)

Alex Boone (OT, Ohio State)

Cary Harris (CB, USC)

Marko Mitchell (WR, Nevada)

Lardarius Webb (CB, Nicholls State)

Arian Foster (RB, Tennessee)

Brian Toal (TE/LB/S, Boston College)

Kaluka Maiava (OLB, USC)

Antone Smith (RB, Florida State)

Gerald McRath (LB, S. Mississippi)

Lydell Sargeant (CB, Penn State)

Jeremiah Johnson
(RB, Oregon)