Usatoday gave Ravens an A
Usatoday gave Ravens an A
Matt Elam is going to be a Pro Bowler within two years. He reminds us so much of Bob Sanders and Troy Polamalu.
Arthur Brown is going to do very well behind this defensive line. I am not predicting a Pro Bowl appearance in this case, but he will certainly play out his rookie contract successfully.
Brandon Williams just fell into a great situation. Not only is he talented. Not only is his ceiling high, but he'll get the chance to reach it alongside the best Defensive Tackle in football.
Vontae Leach only has one year left in his contract. The young man from Harvard might not lay people out the way that Leach does at the next level, but he will display a versatility that Jim Caldwell can utilize.
Even Mallette is in a good position.
1.) He can play inside and out
2.) Jacoby Jones has struggled in the past, when asked to be the #2 WR
3.) Tandon Doss has struggled to stay healthy
4.) There's a chance that Tommie Streeter may need an extra year to develop.
His only real competition might end up being Deonte Thompson.
He'll get to catch passes from Joe Flacco
He'll get to play opposite Torrey Smith.
The young man from Harvard did a pretty good imitation of Leach at the Sr Bowl pancaking a couple of guys on blocks.
Scott Garceau said he gives Ravens insurance if they do cut Leach and it could possibly be this year.
KJ is so athletic is was the point guard on his high school basketball team and is already the best blocking TE Ravens have. He scored 22 TDs at Harvard.
Kiper said he's the best FB in the draft. I really don't know how he or
Simon, the def player of year in Big 10 dropped so far.
Leave it to Oz to pick them up on the cheap.
So Horwitz was the only guy in NFL who knew Simon was DPOY in Big Ten?
Kiper was the only guy besides Oz who knew KJ was the best FB in college?
But to answer my own question, the Bengals had
the same need as Ravens for a Safety and passed on both Cyprien and Elam because
they don't draft Safeties the last few years in the first round.
They also needed a 4 down ILB like Arthur Brown and passed on him too while
Ozzie agressively traded up to get in front of other teams that wanted him.
Good point. I meant the guy in the office whose name begins with an H.
Same thing happened with Wagner who had lousy SR Bowl game and not so hot
in his final year due to an injury.
Ravens went by what they saw in his junior year.
Simon doesn't have a particular skill that jumps out at you. That is part of why he fell.
Wes Welker did not do anything on tape that 'Wow'd' anybody. Now, everybody is looking for their own version of Wes Welker.
There was a special follow up to the draft yesterday on ESPN. When they went around the room and asked each quest Herm Edwards said Baltimore. Kiper said Ravens and McShay added " the best scouting group in the league ".....
Anyone ever heard of Vincent Jackson of SD? Of course you did. He came from little Northern Colorado and wasn't in the 100 best players to be drafted but did well in the pros. Mellette might too. The SI link I posted above gave Ravens credit for value where they got him. This nfl link projected Mellette to go around the 5th round.
He's like Boldin in size and height and jumping up for balls in traffic as a possession receiver and getting them but is not afraid to go over the middle. He has strong big hands and runs good routes. Like Boldin he's slow and doesn't get separation but makes up for it in the areas listed above. He's compared to Michael Jenkins.
Let's just give this guy a chance. He could contribute like Jackson from a little school and
someone like Bernard Pierce from little Temple.
JJ actually came in as a DT...yes an all-effort guy, light DT.
He made a heck of a move from DT to OLB.
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I didn't know much about Mellette when we drafted him, but I definitely like what I've seen from the articles I read and the videos I've watched.
I never heard of him either but I'm reading up on everything I can find on him, Wagner,
KJ and Simon and loving it.
What another great haul near and at the bottom of draft.
Like McShay said, best damn scouting group there is.
Most of us knew Ozzie was going to do something special with 12 picks. This could turn out to be one of his best moments...time will tell. Just an all out strong effort that not only maximized the picks, but addressed a bunch of needs in the process. Nobody does it better, and that is why the Ravens have been the best team in football over the past five years.