Final Week of Draft Season Continues….

April 21, 2009 | Glenn Clark

The Ravens say they don’t want to part with multiple Draft picks for Anquan Boldin, and Drew says they have Brandon Pettigrew and the top of their Draft board. Draft season remains hot in the final days. Here are yesterday’s profiles, which includes a link to players I’ve profiled before. 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)
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)
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)
K Graham Gano (Florida State)
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)
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)
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)

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.

William Beatty (OT, UConn)

It is hard to imagine what a scout wouldn’t like about the big man from UConn. He’s massive (6’6″, 307), strong (27 reps of 225 pounds on the bench at the Combine), reportedly has quick feet, and has been a leader for a potent offense. In fact, he anchored the Huskies’ offensive line a season ago that lead the way for the nation’s leading rusher in Donald Brown. The only negatives I can find are a broken leg in 2006 and the fact that he had to gain 40 pounds during his UConn career. But he DID gain those 40 pounds, and he appears to be ready to go. He’s expected to be a late 1st round/early 2nd round pick; and is from York, PA; so he just might be a Ravens fan.

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Brandon Gibson (WR, Washingon State)

Gibson’s numbers were WAY down in his Senior season, but the entire Washington State team was down in ’08. He caught 57 balls for 673 yards and 2 TD’s; down from his sophomore and junior years where he totaled 116 catches, 1,911 yards, and 13 TD’s. He’s shown the ability to be a go-to guy, and could be a bargain pick on the 2nd day of the Draft. He’s 6’1″, 206 pounds, and ran his 40 at 4.58. He had to hold a private workout after missing both the Combine and his own Pro Day due to a pulled hamstring, but is apparently completely healthy.

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

William Moore (S, Missouri)

Analysts almost unanimously believe Moore hurt his stock by returning for his senior season, which was effective but injury-plagued (right foot sprain, rib cartiledge damge, etc.) Scouts still like him, and he’s projected as a 2nd round pick at this point. He’s 6’0″, 221 pounds; and posted a 4.56 40 at the Combine. He had just 70 tackles and 1 INT in his senior season, but scouts still drool over the 115 tackle/8 INT season he posted in 2007. The Ravens don’t NEED a safety, but if he’s available when they make their 2nd choice, he’d be hard to pass on.

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Aaron Kelly (WR, Clemson)

If the Ravens are interested in stockpiling possible bargain receivers, Aaron Kelly would be a very interesting option. Much like Brandon Gibson, Kelly’s senior season numbers (67 catches, 722 yards, 4TD’s) aren’t as good as the numbers he posted in his junior campaign (88 grabs, 1,081 yards, 11 TD’s). But Kelly has excellent size (6’4″, 204 pounds), and posted a solid 4.49 40 at the Combine. His biggest issue is apparently his ability to get off the line; but he seems to be a very capable receiver.

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Brooks Foster (WR, North Carolina)

If guys like Louis Murphy (Florida-Percy Harvin) and Tiquan Underwood (Rutgers-Kenny Britt) were considered “overshadowed”, Brooks Foster might not have even made it within the shadow. Tar Heel teammates Hakeem Nicks (likely 1st round) and Brandon Tate (likely 2-3 round) have gotten most of the attention during Draft season, but Foster certainly has something to offer as well. Foster has plenty of questions to answer, especially considering the arthroscopic knee surgery he underwent Dec. 1 that forced him to miss the Senior Bowl. But Foster posted a 4.44 40 at his Pro Day, and appears healthy. He’s 6’1″, 201 pounds; but is coming off a season in which he mustered only 30 catches, 334 yards, and 2 TD’s in a crowded receiving corps. Foster has something to offer, but it is not 100 percent clear what his role could be in the Ravens’ offense or elsewhere. Interestingly enough, Foster’s greatest accomplishment in Draft season came on the bench…..where he set a new modern WR record with 27 reps of 225 pounds. That’s offensive lineman territory.

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Jamon Meredith (OT, South Carolina)

Meredith’s Gamecocks weren’t particularly prolific on offense, but it is hard to blame the big man for their troubles. Meredith allowed just 4 sacks during his senior campaign, although he missed the first two games due to an eligibility issue. He also suffered an ankle injury the year that has been a bit of a red flag. But he’s certainly a mountain of a man, measuring in at 6’5″, 304 pounds with 34 3/ 4 inch arms. He did 31 reps of 225 pounds on the bench at the Combine. He’s the type of guy who could end up in the 1st round depending on how much teams need offensive tackles, but is more likely to be a 2nd round pick. Meredith played right guard, right tackle, and left tackle during his career, which will help his stock if a team is looking for versatility.

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Marcus Freeman (LB, Ohio State)

If the Ravens want to find a solid outside linebacker who will also be a leader in the community, Freeman might be their man. The FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) nominated Freeman for their “Bobby Bowden Award”, an honor recognizing on field, in classroom, and in community achievements. He was also a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS award, recognizing leadership off the field. Freeman is a pretty good football player as well, tallying 85 tackles and 3 sacks a season ago. He might not offer enough of a pure pass-rushing ability for what the Ravens are looking for; but he could be a tweener at the next level, maybe an Adalius Thomas-type. He’s 6’1″, 239 pounds, and clocked in at 4.65 in the 40. He also showed off his strength with 30 reps of 225 pounds on the bench. The guy is the all-around package and is expected to last until the 2nd or 3rd round, but the Ravens may or may not be looking for such an all around linebacker.

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Donald Brown (RB, UConn)

Only 14 players in Football Bowl Subdivision (Former 1A) have ever rushed for 2,000 yards in a single season. In 2008, Brown became the 14th. Brown also added 18 TD’s, cementing his season as one of the best in the last 20 seasons for a Running Back. Brown is not particularly big (5’10″, 210 pounds); which may hurt his chances of coming to Baltimore, as the Ravens are likely looking for a compliment to Ray Rice. (I know, I know, Willis McGahee is still here. But we’ve accepted that McGahee just might not be in the Ravens’ long term plans.) Brown is expected to go on the first day; but may be available into the 2nd round. There are scouts that argue that Brown is in the Knowshon Moreno/Beanie Wells argument as best RB’s in the Draft. He has been receiving advice from former New York Giant Tiki Barber duing the Draft process, and his hosting a leadership event this week in his native New Jersey. Brown may end up being a “safe” pick by a team before the Ravens could even consider him.

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Cornelius Ingram (TE, Florida)

Cornelius Ingram made a decision in 2005 to leave the Florida Gators basketball team, missing out on being part of a team that would go on to win the next 2 NCAA Championships. This decision might haunt a lot of athletes, but Ingram probably sleeps well at night knowing that by sticking to football only, he still managed to win 2 national championships. The second of Florida’s two titles however might feel a bit empty for Ingram, as he missed the entire 2008 season with a knee injury. Ingram decided to enter the Draft anyway, and that decision seems likely to pay off as well. He appears destined to be a first day Draft pick, and could tickle the Ravens’ fancy should they A-Trade Todd Heap, B-Miss out on Brandon Pettigrew, or C-Just want a Tight End like Ingram in the 2nd round. He’s 6’4″, 245 pounds, and posted a 4.68 time in the 40. In his 2 seasons of playing, he posted 64 catches for 888 yards and 8 TD’s. For what it’s worth, Scott Wright of NFLDraftCountdown.com has Ingram coming to Baltimore in the 2nd round.

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David Buehler (K, USC)

After listing Graham Gano as a Draft candidate over a month ago, I realized that I neglected to name other possible targets at Kicker in the Draft, and some analysts believe Gano isn’t even the best kicker available. NFLDraftScout.com ranks Buehler as the best kicker available, which is strange considering he never kicked a field goal of 50+ yards in his Trojan career. But Buehler connected on 26 of his 33 field goal attempts during his career, and 117 of his 120 extra point attempts. Buehler also sent over 50% of his kickoffs into the endzone as a senior, which bodes well for a team who is clearly looking to upgrade their kickoff distance. Buehler is very athletic, clocking in at 4.57 in the 40; and posting 25 reps of 225 pounds on the bench. But it will be is leg, not his athleticism that gets him drafted, and some believe he can be as much as a mid-round pick.

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-G

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