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Upshaw: Looks Ready to Compete After Mini-Camp

CSN Baltimore’s Brent Harris and John Eisenberg wrap up day three of the Ravens Rookie Mini-Camp with a few impressions of the players. The main focus is on top draft pick Courtney Upshaw and if he’ll be able to play right away to relieve the burden of the injury suffered by Terrell Suggs.

Most players recieved high marks over the few days but time will tell if that translates into contributiting on the field.

Here are a few quick thoughts from the team site on each player and their performance.

OLB Courtney Upshaw: The Ravens’ top draft pick was one of the stars of the weekend, showing his size and strength at both outside linebacker positions.  “He’s just a quick learner,” Harbaugh said. “He’s off to a good start.”

OL Kelechi Osemele: The big lineman from Iowa State spent most of the weekend practicing at left guard, making a relatively smooth transition from the left tackle spot he played in college. Osemele’s physicality was evident from the time he first got on the practice field, and even Harbaugh admitted that he looked massive once he put on the uniform.

RB Bernard Pierce:  The third-round running back was solid throughout mini-camp, showing some bursts of quickness through the holes and a slashing style that fit the Ravens running schemes

C/G Gino Gradkowski: The fourth-rounder rotated between both guard spots and center throughout the weekend as he’s expected to compete for the starting left guard job and also backup center Matt Birk. Gradkowski doesn’t have the size of a player like Osemele, but he did show athleticism and versatility.

S Christian Thompson: He made a good impression throughout camp, showing his athleticism in the secondary. He wasn’t necessarily flashy, but played solid football and showed a willingness to learn.

CB Asa Jackson: The cornerback and return specialist played with energy and swagger throughout the weekend, showing a quick step in coverage. He uses his speed, which is critical because at 5-foot-10, 190 pounds, he’ll be undersized when guarding many NFL receivers.

WR Tommy Streeter: At 6-foot-5, 220 pounds, Streeter’s size is impressive right away. When he gets on the field and shows off his speed, he looks even better.

“First impression: he is really tall. Second impression: he is really fast. I’d say third impression: he is going to be a good player,” Harbaugh said.

DL DeAngelo Tyson: Physically, he looked impressive on the line. He is a big body at 6-foot-2, 315 pounds, and also displayed some explosiveness working through individual drills.

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