Final Days of Draft Season Counting Down

April 22, 2009 | Glenn Clark

FoxSports.com reported Wednesday that Percy Harvin (Florida) and Brandon Tate (North Carolina); two likely Ravens Draft targets, each tested positive for marijuana at the Combine. This could shift how the Ravens continue their pursuit of receiver help going towards Saturday, as I have maintained that the team will need to select multiple receivers over the weekend. Here is a link to yesterday’s update, which includes links to the rest of the updates I have posted.

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)
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)
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)

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.

Tyson Jackson (DE, LSU)

Arguably the most polarizing figure amongst Draft analysts. While most analysts believe he is a Top 20 (and many believe he is a Top 10) talent, there are still some who think he might slip all the way to the 2nd round. These are the qualifications that analysts use when they suggest he could be gone within the first 90 minutes of the Draft (Courtesy of NFLDraftScout.com)….

The left defensive end recorded 36 tackles (17 solo) that included 4.5 sacks for minus-27 yards, 10.5 stops for losses of 37 yards and seven quarterback pressures, as the front wall allowed only 110.15 yards per game rushing, ranking 17th in the nation in that category…Recovered a fumble that he advanced 18 yards and deflected four passes…On 33 plays vs. the run, the opposition gained only 57 yards (1.73 yards per carry) with three touchdowns over Jackson’s area…Made 13 stops on third-down plays, including eight vs. the running game, adding five more hits on fourth down…The opposition completed 8-of-20 passes into his area for 58 yards (2.9 yards per pass attempt)

Pretty impressive stuff. Jackson is somewhere in the area of 6’5″, 292 pounds; and he posted a 4.94 40. He has drawn comparisons to players like Ty Warren and Richard Seymour; as Jaskon would likely be best served playing in the 3-4 alignment. But Jackson worried teams with his performance on the bench at the Tigers’ Pro Day, as he hoisted the 225 pound bar just 20 times. It is VERY unlikely Jackson will be available when the Ravens make their selection; but if he somehow falls, count on seeing him in purple.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5MeTrQ124Q[/youtube]

LeSean McCoy (RB, Pitt)

His numbers are staggering. In just two seasons at Pitt, McCoy totaled 2,816 yards rushing with 35 TD’s. He was a home run threat almost every time he touched the football, and averaged just under 5 yards per carry. But numbers alone don’t make a running back. McCoy declared for the Draft after his sophomore season, and has faced question marks throughout Draft season. His size isn’t ideal (5’11″ and just 204 pounds), but his speed is quite good (4.50 40). Scouts are also concerned about his hand size, as well as his ability to hold on to the football. McCoy is considered a 1st or 2nd Round pick, with a team like the Cardinals a possible destination. But if a player like Donald Brown goes ahead of him, there’s a chance he could slide to the Ravens’ 2nd round choice.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IvvhjERrV0&feature=related[/youtube]

Juaquin Iglesias (WR, Oklahoma)

Juaquin Iglesias’ name might not be the first you hear when Draft WR’s are discussed, but he certainly has the abililty to be a first day pick; and has the numbers that represent that ability. Iglesias had a very productive junior season in 2007 (68 catches, 907 yards, 5 TD’s), and was an absolute go-to number 1 receiver in his senior campaign (74 catches, 1,150 yards, 10 TD’s). He was also an adequate kick returner for the better part of 3 seasons with the Sooners, averaging 26.4 yards per return. Iglesias has pretty decent size (6’1″, 210 pounds) and speed (4.44 40 at the Combine), and it is difficult to figure out why a scout might be down on him. I guess the one thing you can say is that he was never particularly flashy, but I’d take a very good receiver over a flashy one any day. Iglesias might be somewhat similar to Derrick Mason, just a little bit bigger.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qGtpemtA08[/youtube]

Kory Sheets (RB, Purdue)

Sheets is a projected mid-round back is quicker (4.39 40) than he is big (5’11″, 208 pounds); but clearly has something to offer at the next level. He rushed 234 times for 1,131 yards during his senior season; totalling 16 TD’s on the ground. Additionally, during his 4 year college career, Sheets did not fumble the ball ONCE on a carry or after a catch. He was used as a spot returner during his sophomore and senior seasons, averaging 20.6 yards per return. He turned heads with a 61 yard return at the Senior Bowl, which could help him as he tries to improve his value. Again, Sheets might not be the compliment to Ray Rice and Le’Ron McClain the Ravens are looking for; but could certainly have value in the 4th or 5th round.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gMwSSLrzSg[/youtube]

Paul Kruger (DE, Utah)

Kruger is an interesting prospect, as he left Utah with 2 years of eligibility still remaining; but is already 23 years old. Kruger’s debut in college was delayed because after redshirting as a QB in 2004; Kruger left Utah to serve a 2-year Mormon mission. Kruger made the move to the defensive side of the football upon returning, and was part of the defense that helped Utah finish the season undefeated with a Sugar Bowl win last year. In his 2 years, Kruger tallied 119 tackles, 10 sacks, and 2 interceptions. He is a bruiser at 6’4″, 263 pounds. His 40/bench combination isn’t overwhelming (4.83 40/24 reps of 225 pounds on the bench); and teams are clearly a bit concerned about his short career at the College level. But Kruger will likely still be available early on during Day 2 of the Draft, and if the Ravens don’t get a pass rusher in the early rounds, they could pounce on a player like Kruger.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DtaZmw8lh4[/youtube]

Quan Cosby (WR, Texas)

After playing 4 years of baseball in the LA Angels organization, Cosby returned to Texas for a successful college career. He’s very athletic (4.50 40 at the Combine, 34.5 inch vertical and 28 reps of 225 pounds on the bench at his Pro Day) without being particularly big (5’9″, 196 pounds). Cosby’s size is not ideal amongst scouts; and while being a bit older (26) might make him more mature, it also gives him less upside. But Cosby is expected to be available late in the Draft; and would be hard to ignore in the 6th round, even if the Ravens want more size at the receiver position. In his senior season he caught 92 balls for 1,123 yards and 10 TD’s; none bigger than the final catch of his college career…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0O2__LIBnA[/youtube]

Gerald Cadogan (OT, Penn State)

Cadogan is what you might call a “Gentle Giant.” He is a mammoth of a man, measuring at 6’5″, 309 pounds with 35 3/4 inch arms. He is almost surprising agile, posting a 4.99 40 and a 25 inch vertical. He is not as strong as other O-Line candidates; but did complete 26 reps of 225 pounds on the bench. Cadogan’s strengths include his feet, and the fact that he is rarely called for holding. He is projected to go somewhere early on Day 2. More impressively, Cadogan was given the Big Ten’s annual Sportsmanship award and was an Academic All-American. He is also an accomplished musician (of all things), playing multiple instruments and recording two gospel music albums. Here is an example of Cadogan showing off his pipes at an on-campus rally for Barack Obama in Happy Valley last fall……

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=po7r-Ywnbu0&feature=related[/youtube]

Sammie Stroughter (WR, Oregon State)

For a player as talented as Stroughter is, it is a shame he is viewed as practically a walking red flag. Stroughter had a tremendous 2006 season, catching 74 balls for 1,293 yards and 5 TD’s; with 3 more TD’s as a punt returner. But his 2007 season was a nightmare. Stroughter went through bouts of terrible depression, eventually joining the team during week 2 of the season. After playing just 3 games, Stroughter’s season was cut short due to a kidney injury. After being granted a medical redshirt, Stroughter bounced back for a productive 2008 campaign. He  hauled in 70 catches for 1,040 yards and 7 TD’s. He also resumed his punt return duties; with 45 returns for 359 yards. He is undersized (5’10″, 189 pounds), but posted a quick 4.54 time in his 40. He is expected to be on the board until late in the Draft, and could be a value pick for the Ravens if they believe he is healthy mentally and physically.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3O8wju_KJFc[/youtube]

Tyrone McKenzie (LB, South Florida)

McKenzie isn’t exactly a scout’s dream; but has been nothing short of productive during his oft-traveled college career. He’s 6’2, 243 pounds; posted a 4.76 time in the 40, and 27 reps of 225 pounds on the bench. He put up solid numbers as a tackler without ever being much of a pass rusher. He started his college career at Michigan State before making his first on-field appearance at Iowa State and finishing his college career with the Bulls. He finished his college career with 351 tackles, 4 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, and 2 interceptions. The propensity to transfer is probably his biggest red flag amongst NFL scouts, but if the Ravens are looking for tweener help; he could be a solid value pick on Day 2.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_967wudb-I[/youtube]

Louie Sakoda (K, Utah)

An All-American kicker and punter in college, Sakoda would only be used as a kicker if selected by the Ravens. He showed both solid consistency and a big leg during his career with the Utes; and is poised to be a late round Draft selection who the Ravens could choose to use as competition for Steven Hauschka in Training Camp. He finished his career 57/66 on field goals (86.3%), and 137/140 on XP attempts (97.8%). He was 3/6 from beyond 50 yards during his career; with a long of 53.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IR5lN9W8fs0&feature=related[/youtube]

-G

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