Players in the Draft The Ravens Have Shown Interest—-Blog from Dennis Koulatsos

Here are players that the Ravens have taken a look at, either at the combine, local pro day or via direct visit:

QB – Grant Enders (Towson)
FB – Kyle Juszczyk (Harvard)
WR – DeAndre Hopkins (Clemson), Aaron Mellette (Elon), Corey Fuller (VA Tech), Tavon Austin (West VA), Gerrard, Sheppard (Towson)
OT – D.J. Fluker (Alabama), Reid Fragel (Ohio State), Terron Armstead (Arkansas at Pine Bluff), David Bakhtiari (Colorado), Steve Demilio (Gardner-Webb), Menelik Watson (FSU)
TE – Demetrius Harris (Milwaukee)
NT – Kwame Geathers (Georgia), John Jenkins (Georgia)
DT – Chris Burnette (Old Dominion), A.J. Francis (Maryland), Jonathan Hankins (Ohio State), Quinton Dial (Alabama), Will Pericak (Colorado), DeWayne Cherrington (Mississippi State)
DE – Tank Carradine (FSU), Damontre Moore (Texas A&M), Brandon Jenkins (FSU)
ILB – Manti Te’o (Notre Dame), Kevin Minter (LSU), Alec Ogletree, Jordan Campbell (New Mexico)
OLB – Brandon Copeland (Penn), Josh Francis (West VA), Keith Pough (Howard), Sio Moore (Connecticut), Nathan Johnson (Ohio State)
S- Jordan Dangerfield (Towson), Terance Garvin (West VA), Kenny Vaccaro (Texas), D.J. Swearinger (South Carolina), Kejuan Riley (Alabama State), Jonathan Cyprien (Florida International), Matt Elam (Florida)

The Ravens typically create a list of 100 or so players, in addition to a bunch of priority UDFA (undrafted free agents). They’ve been very successful with UDFAs, having picked several players who have done really well in the NFL (Priest Holmes immediately jumps to mind). They stay “true to their board,” which allows them to focus on picking the best player available. Poor organizations often reach for players who aren’t worth it, while great organizations pick the best available player. That’s why it shouldn’t surprise if the Ravens pick a tight end, or a cornerback, or a player at a position that isn’t necessarily a “need”. That is one of the reasons as to why the Ravens are a perennial contender, and a top notch organization!  

Blog from Dennis Koulatsos

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