Baltimore Ravens Draft Recap

The Baltimore Ravens addressed a big need on the offensive line with Ben Grubbs and Marshal Yanda.  They also got insurance with Yamon Figurs in case B.J. Sams does not return to form. Grade / B-

1 (29) Ben Grubbs, OG Auburn (6'2 ", 311, 5.18).  Grubbs was our top rated offensive guard in the draft.  He is strong and quick and attacks the line of scrimmage.  He often gets to the second level on running plays and is more than adequate against the pass rush.  Grubbs should help the Ravens offense this year. 

3 (74) Yamon Figurs, WR/RS Kansas State (5'11 ", 178, 4.3).  Figurs is explosive in the return game, able to make people miss, hit the seam, and take it to the house.  With the injury to Sams last year, Figurs will have a chance to make an impact as a rookie.  He also could provide help as a fourth or fifth WR.

3 (86) Marshal Yanda, OT Iowa (6'3 ", 307, 5.17).  Yanda may project better as a guard in the NFL rather than a tackle.  He is strong but not overpowering.  He is an extremely hard worker.  He has good foot work and is still improving as a lineman.  He will probably be a back up his rookie season but could turn into a starter.

4 (134) Antwan Barnes, OLB Florida Intl (6'0 ", 240, 4.43).  Barnes should be a good fit for a 3-4 type defense as he is good at slipping blocks and has the speed to rush the passer.  The Ravens lost Thomas in the off season, so he may have a chance to contribute as a rookie.

4 (137) Le’Ron McClain, FB Alabama (6'0 ", 256, 4.88)

5 (174) Troy Smith, QB Ohio St. (6'0", 225, 4.62).  Smith has all of the qualities teams would want in an NFL QB except one: his height.  He makes good decisions in the pocket and has the arm strength to make all of the throws.  He possesses good mobility and is always a threat to run if the pocket breaks down.  With an aging McNair as the starter, Smith could compete for the starting job as early as 2008.

6 (207) Prescott Burgess, OLB Michigan (6'3 ", 240, 4.79).

By A. Goodin,
May 2, 2007