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Ravens Draft: Third Round Options

We discussed options in round one and round two; players who would fit into the Ravens draft plans. The Ravens have good success selecting players in the mid-rounds. The 3rd round has landed players such as, CB Lardarius Webb, OG Marshall Yanda, TE Ed Dickson, C Casey Rabach, and OT Jah Reid, who is expected to compete at the guard position this year.

Here’s some options: Round 3 (91st pick) 

A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois

A productive college player (6-0′, 190 pounds) with excellent speed (4.4) and sure hands. Versatile–can play slot and outside. The Ravens need to add some depth and talent opposite Torrey Smith.

Robert Turbin, RB, Utah State

5-10, 222 pounds and is a solid pick-up for the team. He’s player who could fall to the bottom of the third round because of durability concerns. Yet, he’s got all the tools–speed (4.42 – Pro-Day), strong runner, with some bulk. Perhaps a perfect player backing up Ray Rice?  Since 2000, the team has drafted a running back in each draft with the exception of two; 2010 (none) and 2007 (technically LeRon McClain was drafted as a fullback).

Cam Johnson, DE/OLB, Virgina

Strong defender and good size at 6-3, 268 pounds. Speed off the edge, thrives shooting gaps, attacking the interior of the offense. Played the 3-4 and 4-3 and has experience dropping into  zone coverages. Great motor and reliable tackler.   The Ravens know how to pick defensive players and they could use some depth at linebacker.

Phillip Blake, C, Baylor

At 6-3, 320 pounds he makes a good sized anchor. He’s a player that the Ravens could groom under starting center Matt Birk. Only started playing football in his senior year of high school, yet consistently improved through his college career.

Brandon Brook, G, Miami of Ohio

We reviewed Brooks in a previous article (Value at Guard), “At 343 pounds it makes him attractive to NFL teams; a guard who can open up holes at that size will be sought after by many NFL teams.”

Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt

Seems like most drafts the Ravens select a defensive back. In fact, there are many drafts where the Ravens doubled-up at defensive back. Hayward is a good athlete, has great instincts, plays the run well and played elite competition. He’s 5-11 and that might be a bit of a concern to some teams. Yet, this would give the Ravens depth behind an already talented secondary.

Chase Minnifield, CB/KR, Virginia

Again, when the Ravens draft DB’s they usually come in pairs. Minnifeild has excellent ball skills and speed (4.4’s). Was a top corner at his college finishing his career with 151 tackles and 13 interceptions. He also has experience in special teams–returns. Stock is falling due to a knee procedure—that could be a benefit if the Ravens feel he is good to go–excellent value here. Some analysts had him ranked as a second round selection. (His Father is corner Frank Minnifield, Cleveland Browns, who played from 1984-92)

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