Late Round Sleeper Picks for the Ravens at Every Postion

Posted on May 05, 2014 by Branden Smith



Quarterback

David Fales, San Jose State (6'1" , 212 lbs)

The first thing I notice with Fales is that he is an easy thrower of the football, he does a good job of getting the ball out and putting it in a spot for his receivers to make the catch. The Spartan’s spread offense has a lot of quick hitters, when forced to throw the ball deeper down field he isn’t as accurate and ball loses some velocity outside the numbers, but he puts enough air to allow receivers to make a play. Has the ability to climb the pocket to look for a quick outlet or pick up a short first down by running it himself.

Running Back

Storm Johnson, Central Florida (5'11", 209 lbs)

Has 4.6 speed which is good enough to be an NFL RB. He shows good hands, balance, and a nice juke move to elude defenders in the open field. I thought there were too many time people made ankle tackles on him (SC game) and he tries to go full speed right from the snap of the ball and doesn’t show enough patients to allow running lanes to develop. He also needs work with ball security (primarily uses right hand) and Pass Pro (not aggressive or head down).  Games watched vs. South Carolina & Baylor

Wide Receiver

Devin Street, Pittsburgh (6'2", 189 lbs) 

His smooth route running allows him to get open which is necessary since he isn’t explosive or sudden with his movement. Street’s soft hands allow him to catch the ball over the middle and take a hit on in breaking routes or when he plays in the slot. I would like Street to be more aggressive on jump balls and when coming back to the ball as he misses out on opportunities to more aggressive defenders. Games watched vs. FSU & Va-Tech.




Tight End

Richard Rodgers, California (6'4",  257 lbs.)

Has prototypical NFL size but he doesn’t utilize it during blocking as he didn’t show the ability to drive defenders and tended to chop larger DE’s & OLB’s. Rodgers has the ability to get open over the middle and on short out breaking routes, but not a deep threat do to his lack of speed (4.87). Shows solid hands by catching most balls, but had a couple drops in the games I watched. Games watched vs. Stanford & Oregon St.


Offensive Tackle

Billy Turner is a 6 - 4 7/8th 315 lbs. Offensive Tackle from North Dakota State (FCS). First thing I notice was that he played to the whistle, not a lot of standing around and was a finisher in the run game (can collapse a side). Turner showed good balance in pass pro which allows to handle speed rush and the inside spin move.  He has good tackle size with 34 inch arms and uses it well when keeping defenders away. Games watched vs. Kansas State & Costal Carolina.


Guard

Chris Watt, Notre Dame (6'2", 310 lbs.)

Not a great athlete (5.5) and has short arms (32 – 5/8th) but makes up for it with smarts and effort. Knows who to pick up on blitzes and is patient on stunts. Can get over extended, which allows a defender to knock his hands down and beat him but he stays with it and finishes the play allows his QB the last split second to get rid of the ball. On the ground too much for my liking during run plays. Games watched vs. USC & Arizona St.

Photo Credit: nfl.si.com



Center

Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma (6’3", 304 lbs.)

Not the best athlete but can get to the second level of the defense. Not a powerful blocker but can angle block which allows him to wall off big defenders.  Smart leader that was a captain at Oklahoma and made line calls for a Freshman QB. Can re-anchor when loses initially in pass pro. Game watched vs. Alabama


Defensive Tackle

Daniel McCullers, Tennessee (6’6", 352 lbs.)

A massive human being has trouble with his pad level (can easily get cut) as you may expect, but his height does allows him to diagnose plays in the backfield easily. He can be a wall and stand up a double team but also provide some push up the middle on pass downs. Play is inconsistent and I wonder about his conditioning. Games watched vs. Georgia & Alabama


Defensive End

Michael Sam, Missouri (6’2”, 261 lbs.)

A little small for an NFL Defensive End, Sam uses his speed as his primary tool as a pass rusher, but does show a nice strong inside rip move.  He keeps good outside leverage against the run but not disruptive. Sam wasn’t as explosive against OSU and couldn’t beat the RT with speed so inside wasn’t nearly as effective. Like the fact that although he struggled in the second game I watched he made the game sealing strip sack (returned for a TD). The question is he just a pass rusher or could he be a three down player? Games watched vs. Georgia & Oklahoma St.

Photo Credit: Sports Illustrated



Outside Linebacker

Jordan Tripp, Montana (6'2", 234 lbs.)

The first thing I notice is that Tripp is all over the place. He is a good blitzer and seems pretty athletic as he was forced to spy on a Coastal’s running QB. He can be over aggressive though as his tackling technique breaks down when in open space against a quick skill player. Needs to get better at taking on blocks, he want to be free and use his 4.67 speed. Game watched vs. Coastal Carolina


Inside Linebacker

Andrew Jackson, Western Kentucky (6'0", 254 lbs.)

I like him when he is free running around chasing a QB or RB. He can diagnose some runs and hits the hole but too many times he gets lost in the trash and doesn’t use good technique when taking on blockers leaving him stuck to O-Lineman. Solid tackler and I like his lateral quickness to mirror a RB who tries to bounce it outside. Games watched vs. Tennessee & UL-Monroe.


Cornerback

Jaylen Watkins, Florida (5'11, 194 lbs.)

I noticed that he is good at a lot of things, but his best two attributes are his willingness to tackle (especially against bigger running backs and fullbacks) and his instincts, especially in zone. I like the fact that he played zone and man coverage at Florida but the only thing I didn’t see was press man. He was also a contributor on special teams and had good hands and was able to get some return yards (including a pick 6) in the games I watched. Games watched Kentucky & LSU.


Safety

Vinnie Sunseri, Alabama (5'11", 210 lbs.)

Sunseri was the strong safety opposite of Clinton-Dix in Alabama’s defense before he torn his ACL. He is a smart player that can read zone coverage and plays mainly in the box as Clinton-Dix played a lot of single high, but reads the QB as the robber (short middle zone coverage for a safety) and turned it into a pick six. Good tackler and key special teamer. Game watched vs. Va-Tech.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Dave Martin


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