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Ole Miss OT Michael Oher
Ole Miss OT Michael Oher
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Posted Apr 25, 2009


Baltimore Ravens - AFC North, 2009 Draft Selections & Prospects

  

Baltimore Ravens

The Draft Was ...
A reach. Paul Kruger was a nice find in teh second round, but Lardarius Webb, Jason Phillips, and Davon Drew were all fliers who are hardly sure-things to make the team. This draft is all about Michael Oher. If he's not great, the draft will be a bust.
Best Value Pick: Oher. He's a top ten talent who slid to the 23. If wouldn't have been a shock if he had gone where any of the ealier tackles went, outside of No. 2 (where Jason Smith was taken by St. Louis).
Biggest Reach: Davon Drew, 5th round. There's upside, and no one knows tight ends like the Raven front office, but he's a bit of a project who might not get the time needed to blossom.
They Should've ... Picked up a few weapons for Joe Flacco. Davon Drew isn't the help the passing attack needed. A No. 1 wide receiver would've been nice to help the explosiveness of the offense. Linebacker was a need coming into the draft, and the Ravens didn't pick one up.
# Pick  
23 23 1st Round (from New England)  
Michael Oher, OT Ole Miss 6-5, 310

There’s absolutely no question that from the neck down, with a year in a pro weight room and with a little bit of work, he has perennial Pro Bowl written all over him. But from the neck up … well, from the neck down he’s a great physical talent. There’s a major concern about his desire to be the best in the game and there’s a bigger concern that he could struggle to handle everything that goes with being a franchise-caliber tackle who’s supposed to stick on a left side for the next decade. He needs the right coaching staff and a mentor who’s willing to provide a bit of a push, but to be fair, he was groomed by one of the best in the business, former Ole Miss head coach and current Tennessee assistant, Ed Orgeron. Orgeron isn’t exactly known for being soft and is peerless when it comes to line development. It might take a little while, but Oher will be solid as long as he’s able to overcome adversity quickly and easily.
CFN Value Rank: First Round
   CFN Position Rank: 3
25 57 2nd Round 
Paul Kruger, Utah DE 6-3, 265 (3rd year Soph.)

One of the more interesting prospects with a wild story, he was beaten up and stabbed in a fight, was lucky to live, spent two years on an LDS Church mission, and blew up into one of the stars on last year’s unbeaten Ute team. A mature, athletic pass rusher who always goes full-tilt, he’s ready to go right now. However, this is it. While he can still get a bit bigger, this is basically it. There’s a ceiling on how good he can become, and he’s not the type of player who’ll blossom in three years. While he’s not elite in any one area, he doesn’t have a major, glaring weakness. There are going to be health issues considering all the crazy things that have happened to his insides from various surgeries, but he could be a poor man’s Chris Long.
CFN Value Rank: Second Round
   CFN Position Rank: 5
24 88 3rd Round
Lardarius Webb, CB Nicholls State 5-10, 180  
Originally a Southern Miss Golden Eagle, Webb was booted off the team and ended up at Nicholls State where he was a star returner and do-it-all defensive back. He’s not all that big, but has tremendous leaping ability to make up for it. More than anything else, he’s really, really fast, coming up with a 4.35 in Indy to go along with good quickness in the agility drills. For good and bad, considering his size and frame, he’s not afraid to mix it up to try to make the big hit. He’ll have to learn how to play corner at an NFL level after spending a lot of time playing safety in college, but he has the attitude and the raw skills to be a sleeper.
CFN Value Rank: Fifth Round
   CFN Position Rank: 18
1 137 5th Round (from Detroit through Seattle)
Jason Phillips, LB TCU  6-1, 235
Tremendously productive, Phillips was an all-star over the last few years for a fantastic Horned Frog defense. Extremely tough, he plays though injuries and he’s able to get in on every play on sheer want-to. A mediocre athlete, he’s not going to fly all over the field and he’s not going to be used much as a blitzer, but he’ll be a major stat producer in a 3-4 alignment and he won’t miss any tackles. While bumps and bruises haven’t bothered him, he’ll have a hard time staying healthy with is smallish size and history of never being afraid to shy away from contact in any form.
CFN Value Rank: Fourth Round
   CFN Position Rank: 8
13 149 5th Round (from Denver)
Davon Drew, TE East Carolina 6-4, 260
Big and athletic, Drew is a former quarterback who grew into the job over the course of his ECU career. A good receiver and a strong route runner considering his background at QB, he has the potential to become a strong target. He's not a good enough blocker for his size and he'll struggle in pass protection, but he can be taught. He has the raw tools.

CFN Value Rank: Free Agent
   CFN Position Rank: 21
12 185 6th Round (from Denver)
Cedric Peerman, RB Virginia 5-10, 220
The are a few teams that will have him as a must-have pickup from the fourth round on, and more than a few will be ticked off when he’s off the board. While not a top 100 talent, he’s a tough, smart player who’ll do anything a coaching staff asks hm. He’s not all that quick for his size and he doesn’t do anything at an elite level, he does a little of everything well with the toughness to be a good ten-carry back who can step in and produce a game or two here and there. Early on he’ll be a specialist and a special teamer, but he could be the surprise of the camp and a coaching favorite.
CFN Value Rank: Fourth Round
   CFN Position Rank: 10

2008

The Draft Was ... Filled with second-tier prospects. The Ravens filled several holes and had plenty of picks to play around with, but they kept getting players with major question marks. Is Joe Flacco really a QB to build a team around? Ray Rice is a great RB pickup, but they already have Willis McGahee. There isn't an obvious ten-year starter in the lot.
Best Value Pick: Allen Patrick, RB Oklahoma. 7th round. Considering Baltimore used a second rounder on Rice, getting a speedy, change-of-pace back like Patrick late was an interesting flier. It wouldn't have been a shock if the former Sooner had gone in the fourth round.
Biggest Reach: Joe Flacco, QB Delaware. 1st round. With his arm and size, the upside is there to be the best quarterback in the draft, but that's not really saying too much; this could be a very, very overrated lot of passers. Ray Rice was taken one pick ahead of Brian Brohm and Chad Henne; Flacco might turn out to have been a calculated gamble gone wrong.
They Should've ... Gotten more defensive help. This was a corner-rich draft. Baltimore needed one and didn't get one. The defensive line wasn't addressed, either.

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Pick  
18 18 1st Round (from Houston)  Joe Flacco, QB Delaware
The hot prospect coming out of the off-season workouts, the 6-6, 232-pound bomber has the best arm of anyone in the draft and it's not even a debate. While he might not have JaMarcus Russell's cannon, he can fit the ball into any space, anywhere on the field. The biggest question will be his consistency which was a big problem in his workouts and will be an even bigger issue under pressure. He can't move, doesn't have a quick release, and will be a sitting duck at times unless he can make quicker reads and can get the ball out of his hands. If he has the tools around him, especially a killer pair of tackles to provide protection, he could be a superstar. If he has make everyone around him better, it's not going to happen.
CFN Value Rank: Second Round   CFN Position Rank: 6
24 55 2nd Round (from Seattle)  Ray Rice, RB Rutgers
It all depends on how much of a chance someone is willing to give him. Rice has a lot of tread on the tires. A LOT. On the plus side, he proved he could handle a big workload and was ultra-durable. However, if you're a believer that a back only has so many carries in him, the 935 total touches in three years at Rutgers might mean a short shelf live. Who cares about five years from now? For the next few seasons, Rice could turn into a productive, consistent runner at a high level if he's allowed to pound away. His size, around 5-8, could be a positive as he'll dart in and out of the line behind his big blockers. Much faster than he looked on the field, he has the speed to hit the home run, but that's just gravy. He'll be a consistent positive-yardage machine if he's a featured back for a stretch. He's not the type to get a few carries here and there; he'll need a few series here and there.
CFN Value Rank: Late Second Round   CFN Position Rank: 6
8 71 3rd Round (from San Francisco)    Tavares Gooden, LB Miami
With excellent size to play inside or our, the athleticism to be a disruptive force in the right system, and coming off a productive year on a bad team, Gooden has the potential to be a great pro. The problem is that he'll need time and coaching. He made a lot of tackles being moved inside in his senior season, but he has to be on the outside in the NFL. Is he tough enough and can he handle an NFL playbook? There are just enough question marks to keep him from being a sure-thing starter.
CFN Value Rank: Late Second Round to Early Third Round   CFN Position Rank:
17
23 86 3rd Round (from trade)    Tom Zbikowski, SS Notre Dame
The ultimate tough guy, he was a four-year starter and a good leader for an Irish defense that was miserable at times before coming through with an underappreciated 2007. He's a good punt returner who always makes something happen, and he's a huge hitter against the run. The problem is his pass coverage ability; he doesn't have any. He needs to be in a secondary with some really good corners.
CFN Value Rank: Fourth Round
   CFN Position Rank: 8
36 99 3rd Round  Oniel Cousins, OT/OG UTEP
If he can play as big as he looks, and if he can get a few years to develop, the upside is there. But he's a risk; a massive one. Originally a defensive lineman, he was good when he didn't have to use his feet and could simply hit someone, but he struggled in a big way when given a shot on the left side. The athleticism is there and the size could make him a guard if need be, but he's a prospect and is far from a finished product.
CFN Value Rank: Third Round   CFN Position Rank: 8 (as an OT)
7 106 4th Round  Marcus Smith, WR New Mexico
With a good combination of size and speed, he's a nice all-around prospect who can make plays deep and also make things happen on short to intermediate routes. While he wasn't quite the deep threat as a senior he was as a junior, he was more reliable, caught 38 more passes, and produced against the better defensive backs when he had a shot. He'll need to be in the right system and in the right situation to stick around, but there's a good chance he could grow into a special teams/third receiver role.
CFN Value Rank: Fifth Round   CFN Position Rank:
17
34 133 4th Round   David Hale, OT Weber State
There are a ton of warning flags. He has a back problem, is a bit too old having served two years on a Church mission, and he didn't really do much against the top shelf players, but he's a potential player. While he's just not talented enough to start, he has good size, will battle, and was terrific for Weber State. He'll be tough to cut.
CFN Value Rank: Sixth Round to Seventh Round   CFN Position Rank:
25
40 206 6th Round  Haruki Nakamura, S Cincinnati
Undersized and not that fast, but ultra-productive, he's simply a football player. Watch tape of him and he'll look like a world-beater, but he doesn't have NFL measurables or ability. A nasty run stopper for his size, and a tough producer who'll do anything needed, he'll be tough to cut.
CFN Value Rank: Free Agent   CFN Position Rank: NR
8 215 7th Round  Justin Harper, WR Virginia Tech
With 6-3, 220-pound size and decent speed, he has the package of goods, but it never came together on a consistent basis at the collegiate level. Not a big fan of contact, he doesn't use his size as well as he should and he isn't polished as a receiver. He doesn't do any one thing at an NFL level and is purely a prospect on his measurables.
CFN Value Rank: Free Agent   CFN Position Rank: NR
33 240 7th Round  Allen Patrick, RB Oklahoma
Supremely quick with an extra gear he can get to in a hurry. While he's not all that big, he's not afraid to take a bit of a pounding. That's a positive and a negative since he doesn't have the body to take a full-time NFL workload. If he's asked to find a hole and run through it, he'll shine. If he's asked to be a starter for any stretch of time, he won't be able to hold up and will get worse as the game goes on.
CFN Value Rank: Fourth Round 
CFN Position Rank: 18