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B&B Big Story Banter: NFL Combine

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B&B Big Story Banter: NFL Combine

Posted on 28 February 2014 by Brett Dickinson

By: Brett Dickinson and Barry Kamen

BK: Brett, the NFL Combine is always a fun time of year for draft nerds like ourselves, and this year was no different. With the Baltimore Ravens picking in the middle of the draft this season, more fans are wondering just what needs the team will seek to address. Following the NFL Combine, which players did the most to improve their draft stock? Could any of these players be on the Ravens’ radar?

BD: After watching every minute of the Combine (yeah, I am that guy), I gained a better understanding of who the prospects are athletically.  But just because a player had a good combine, that does not make them a good player (let’s call this the Mike Mamula effect).  Several prospects certainly helped their cause, but only to have teams (and draft nerds like myself) go back and do more research on their college production.

Jerick Mckinnon CombineThe real winner of the Combine is clearly Jerick McKinnon of Georgia Southern; the do it all player (who played QB, RB, WR and DB in college), that projects to be a RB in the NFL.  He displayed NFL speed (4.41 40 yard dash), strength (32 reps on the 225lbs bench press) and athleticism (41” vertical), in the few hours in the spotlight in front of every team.  The Wall Street Journal even analyzed his performance (seen HERE), stating he surpassed every other prospect with his dominate Combine performance.

He is a late round pick, because he did not play against top competition and lack of experience as a true RB, but teams (including the Ravens) will do their due diligence on his game tape. Other players that helped their stock during the Combine include: Towson RB Terrance West (who ran a solid 4.54 40 yard dash at 225lbs.), LSU WR Odell Beckham Jr. and Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks (who both ran in the 4.3s in the 40 yard dash), and Alabama S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (who showed great athleticism in all the drills).

With that being said, people such as ourselves, will try to predict the Ravens draft board.  Looking a couple months down the road (and we are still early in the process), I want your take on who the Ravens should select.  Right now, if you were Ozzie Newsome, knowing the approximate rounds for most prospects, who would you select with your first three picks in the upcoming draft?  

BK: The Ravens are one of the best franchises in the National Football League, and the sentiment, “In Ozzie We Trust” will be echoed whenever the team makes their selections in New York City. The Ravens’ 2013 Draft did not yield a lot of immediate production, and the team will be looking to those mid-round picks (ILB Arthur Brown, OLB John Simon, and FB Kyle Juszczyk) to make a major leap in their sophomore seasons. In the meantime, this is how I see the early rounds going for the Baltimore Ravens:

First Round (pick 17)  S Hasean Clinton-Dix, Alabama

The more I am around Brett, the more I get the feeling that his BFF is on his way to Baltimore. It’s hard to ignore the obvious: Clinton-Dix ranks between the 15th-20th best prospect, Alabama pedigree, pair with Matt Elam for the foreseeable future. Many draft experts compare Clinton-Dix to Seahawks S Earl Thomas, which is all I need to here. Get this guy to Baltimore ASAP.

Second Round (pick 48)  G Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State

The Ravens have an affinity with the SEC, and an interior lineman like Jackson gives them an immediate starter who has proved himself against some difficult defensive lines. At 6’3″ and over 330 lbs, Jackson has great size, and would allow for the Ravens to move forward with Kelechi Osemele as their right tackle. With Eugene Monroe just a franchise tag away from being the team’s left tackle, an offensive line of Monroe-Jackson-Jansen-Yanda-Osemele has the talent that the unit lacked last season.

Third Round (pick 79) DE Kareem Martin, UNC 

Martin is another player who stood out at the Combine last weekend. Measuring in at 6’6″ and 270 lbs, Martin ran an impressive 4.72 40- yard dash, as well as a vertical leap of over 35 inches. Baltimore would be an ideal place for Martin to further develop as an every-down defensive end, and help to ease the pain of losing DT Art Jones on pass-rushing situations. Much like mid-round selections, I don’t see Martin putting up big numbers in his first year, but could be a dangerous player in the coming years.

 

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ESPN’s Wickersham believes R. McClain will attempt comeback with Ravens

Posted on 19 February 2014 by WNST Audio

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Top 10 Baseball Distactions

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Top 10 Baseball Distactions

Posted on 17 February 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Angelo Santana vs. Hank Lundy (Friday 10:45pm from Cleveland live on Showtime); Golf: WGC Accenture Match Play Championship (Wednesday 12pm Thursday & Friday 2pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 12pm live on Golf Channel 2pm live on CBS), Honda LPGA Thailand (Thursday & Friday 9am Saturday 2pm Sunday 1:30pm from Chonburi, Thailand on Golf Channel); Tennis: ATP Tour Delray Beach Open (Tuesday-Thursday 12:30pm Friday 6:30pm Saturday 8:30pm from Delray Beach, FL live on Tennis Channel); Women’s College Basketball: Florida State @ Maryland (Thursday 8:30pm from Comcast Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Maryland @ Georgia Tech (Sunday 4pm from Atlanta live on ESPN2); MISL: Pennsylvania Roar @ Baltimore Blast (Friday 7:05pm from Baltimore Arena live on YouTube), Syracuse Silver Knights @ Baltimore Blast (Saturday 6:05pm from Baltimore Arena live on YouTube), Baltimore Blast @ Rochester Lancers (Sunday 3pm from Rochester, NY live on YouTube)

10. Baltimore Winter Restaurant Week (Tuesday-Sunday throughout Charm City); Christian Finnegan (Friday & Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Sebastian Maniscalco (Friday-Sunday DC Improv); 3 Days to Kill” and “Pompeii” out in theaters (Friday)

Christian Finnegan is GREAT. You may remember him as Chad from “The Mad Real World” on Chappelle’s Show…

He’s skinny now. He’s still funny.

9. Kings of Leon/Gary Clark Jr. (Friday 8pm Verizon Center), Justin Timberlake (Monday 8pm Verizon Center); Lady Antebellum (Friday 7pm Patriot Center); The Bridge (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Joe Nichols (Friday 9pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Young The Giant (Sunday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Black Joe Lewis (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club), G. Love & Special Sauce (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club); Bob Weir & Ratdog (Tuesday 6:30pm Lincoln Theatre); Josh Turner (Friday 8pm Strathmore); Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons (Saturday 8pm France-Merrick Performing Arts Center); Tim Reynolds and TR3 (Saturday 8:30pm The Hamilton); Lake Street Dive “Bad Self Portraits” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Every time you forget how freaking great KOL are they do something to quickly remind you.

You could never forget how freaking great GCJ is. NEVER.

I dare you to name five things better than Justin Timberlake’s Pusher Love Girl.

Cris Jacobs is a great Baltimorean.

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Your Monday Reality Check: Protecting Flacco most important for Ravens to tackle

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Your Monday Reality Check: Protecting Flacco most important for Ravens to tackle

Posted on 25 February 2013 by Glenn Clark

INDIANAPOLIS — Nestor Aparicio and I did a little bit of everything during our weekend at the NFL Scouting Combine.

We had fantastic sit downs with NFL coaches like the Bengals’ Marvin Lewis and the Falcons’ Mike Smith. We debated the merits of what’s next for the Ravens with top NFL analysts like CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora and NFL Network’s Albert Breer. We had private chats with Ravens executives, who stopped celebrating a Super Bowl XLVII victory awhile ago and are very hard at work in shaping the next Super Bowl team. We rubbed elbows (and I assure you I did so in the most insufferable way possible) with football royalty at Indy hotspots like the world famous St. Elmo steakhouse. We braved the throngs of reporters who wanted to talk to controversial future NFL players like former Notre Dame LB Manti Te’o and former LSU CB Tyrann Mathieu.

At the end of the weekend, I found one of my Baltimore Ravens-related opinions to have been solidified if not further strengthened.

The question of “what’s the most important thing the Ravens need to address this offseason?” is rhetorical. While Super Bowl MVP QB Joe Flacco is indeed an unrestricted free agent and in need of a contract, the Ravens aren’t debating the future of the QB position. They have their guy. Flacco will be under center (provided he’s healthy) when the Ravens open the season Thursday, September 5 at M&T Bank Stadium. They don’t need to address the QB position, they need to address the QB’s contract. It will either get done before next weekend and the Ravens won’t have to tag him or they’ll tag him and it will get done later in the offseason.

There isn’t actually a discussion about the future of the quarterback. The point is moot. Joe Flacco isn’t really the biggest issue for the Ravens this offseason because they already have an unequivocal answer at the position moving forward.

Therefore, when you ask the question there’s only one legitimate answer. The Baltimore Ravens MUST address left tackle before they do anything else this offseason.

There’s an odd roadmap to a bad scenario for the Ravens this offseason. LT Bryant McKinnie is an unrestricted free agent, coming off a turbulent season that included conditioning concerns, not showing up for Training Camp on time, having his salary cut right before the deadline to get a guaranteed contract, getting hurt but then ultimately being reinserted into the Offensive Line just in time to drastically change the trajectory of the Ravens’ O-Line and help lead the team to only their second Super Bowl title.

McKinnie has said he would like to return and has said that John Harbaugh told him after the Super Bowl he wanted him back. If the Ravens are indeed comfortable with McKinnie’s return and are able to work out the details financially, this scenario makes the most sense. It doesn’t address the position long term as McKinnie will turn 34 early in the season, but it goes a long way in establishing pass protection for a quarterback you’re investing an extraordinary amount of money in-and a quarterback that needs an amount of protection a bit different than your typical NFL quarterback.
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