Ravens Round Out Draft Without a WR

The profiles are from the Baltimore Sun along with my own take on each pick.

Pos.: CB
College: Nicholls State
Drafted: Third round, 88th
Ht.: 5-10 Wt.: 180

Positives: Versatile performer who can play cornerback, free safety and returner. Plays bigger than his size and has reputation as a hitter.

Negatives: Red-flagged by some teams for a character issue. He was dismissed from Southern Mississippi for violation of team rules. Didn’t play against top competition for past two seasons.

Interesting note: His 4.46 seconds in the 40-yard dash tied for the top time among cornerbacks at the NFL’s scouting combine in February.

Outlook: Contributor to special teams and perhaps return game.

My Take: Ravens continue to add depth to the secondary. It will be interesting to see who makes it out of camp. It should be noted that the last time the Ravens took a Corner from a small school was David Pittman, who was let go at the start of last season. Mel Kiper Jr. called Webb a potential. “Bob Sanders type”. Interesting.

Pos.: ILB
College: Texas Christian
Drafted: Fifth round, 137th
Ht.: 6-1 Wt.: 240

Positives: He is a tackling machine. A son of a high school coach, Phillips stood out on the field with his passion and intelligence.

Negatives: Not an elite athlete. Attended his Pro Day on crutches after tearing meniscus in his knee during position drills at the scouting combine Feb. 23. He might be sidelined for some minicamps.

Interesting note: Graduated in December with a degree in criminal justice.

Outlook: Could develop into core special teams player and might eventually compete for a starting job as an inside linebacker.

My Take: There was need for an ILB with Lewis at the end of his career and Bart Scott’s departure. I don’t think he’s replacing either player any time soon. But he could make a big impact on Special teams and compete down the road.

Pos.: TE
College: East Carolina
Drafted: Fifth round, 149th
Ht.: 6-4 Wt.: 260

Positives: Has size, pass-catching skills and athleticism to develop into solid tight end.

Negatives: Doesn’t have great upper-body strength and could struggle at blocking.

Interesting note: Suspended final two games of 2005 season for initially refusing to move from quarterback to tight end and leaving practice without telling a coach.

Outlook: Will have time to develop behind Todd Heap and L.J. Smith.

My Take: Great, another TE that struggles blocking. But Drew does have a lot to work with and with oft-injured LJ Smith and the return of Quinn Sypniewski in doubt he may see action next season.

Pos.: RB
College: Virginia
Drafted: Sixth round, 185th
Ht.: 5-9 Wt.: 220

Positives: Strong-willed runner who is a reliable ball carrier (no fumbles in first 443 touches of career) and good blocker.

Negatives: Hasn’t shown durability or great elusiveness.

Interesting note: Is an ordained deacon.

Outlook: Has to make the cut with his play on special teams.

My Take: I don’t get this pick. Unless some deal sending Willis McGahee packing is in the works, which I don’t see happening this was just another depth move.

Overall, Baltimore added some pieces that they needed and are in better shape to start the 09′ season. The most glaring issue is none of these picks included a Wide Receiver.

I think the choice to trade up and get Oher was the move to make since Brandon Pettigrew was off the board. He will become Flacco’s bodyguard for years to come. But I was almost sure they would go WR in the second round.

I’ll be interested to see what free agent contracts are offered and what receivers they may add that way or you wait to pick up a vet around July. Either way they need a young burner to pair with Flacco like Manning-Harrison of years past.

Overall Draft Grade: B-

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