2013 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Ravens
Florida Gators safety Matt Elam is a do-it-all athlete who makes up for his lack of size with physicality and great coverage skills.
Elam can work as either a strong or free safety. Not only can he stack the box and provide excellent run support, he's a natural in coverage. Really looks to lay the wood on every play. Could wrap up better with his arms, though. Seals the edge well when coming down into the box. Very passionate teammate, lets his emotions fly.
Sometimes caught watching the eyes of the quarterback. Will need to show he is fast enough to cover a deep half. Elam forced a huge fumble downfield during Florida's upset over LSU, really illustrating his high intensity. Not a natural ball hawk and needs to look for the ball more often rather than making the big hit.
He is athletic enough to cover tight ends; taller receivers may cause issues because he is only 5'10". If he runs well at the combine, he could sneak into the first round.
Elam projects as an early second round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Kansas State inside linebacker Arthur Brown is an early round prospect that excels against the run, with solid athleticism that could keep him on the field all three downs.
He is the older brother of Philadelphia Eagles running back Bryce Brown. Slightly undersized for an ILB. Moves very well with quick feet sideline-to-sideline. Below average pursuit lines. Agility in tight spaces keeps him in the mix on every play. Despite lack of height, takes on blockers reasonably well and disengages well.
Plays downhill and must learn to not over-pursue his assignment. Good wrap-up tackler and stays sound in his technique rather than going for the big hit. Breaks down well to bring down ball-carriers in open space.
Adequate coverage skills and moves well in his lower half for an ILB. Has a natural knack for short zone coverages and flows to the football quickly. Good feel for blitzing and quickly finds the open lane to the quarterback. Big blockers can effectively neutralize him.
Brown projects as an early second round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Brandon Williams of Missouri Southern is a small-school prospect who is making a big splash among talent evaluators. He is a big-bodied player who is very strong against the run and should be able to contribute as a rookie.
Very stout at the point of attack and played like a man among boys against lesser competition. Moves very well for his size. Excellent upper body strength and shows a willingness to move blockers off their mark. Williams was given free reign because of his talent and will need to learn to stay on assignment in the NFL. Plays with a nasty predisposition without bending the rules. Great bull rush techniques and really looks to get inside a blocker's frame to drive him back. Quick hands and a powerful punch on first contact.
Bends well inside and fights for leverage with a good second-effort. Exhibits quick feet and keeps them moving when taking on blockers. Not likely to be an every-down player, but close to it. Shows a good motor in the second-half. Adequate height for the position, but it is paired with above-average strength and athleticism.
Williams projects as a second round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Ohio State defensive end John Simon receives rave reviews regarding his work ethic and commitment to the weight room. He has been recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and his draft stock has slipped because of his lack of proper evaluations.
Simon earns a lot of praise because of his red-hot motor. He brings elite effort on every play and will visibly get under his opponents' skin. Very good upper body strength and will need to prove once he enters the league that he is over his shoulder injury. Aggressive in pursuit and can sometimes take himself out of the play. Could afford to lose some bulk if it added some flexibility. Plays stiff.
One-gear speed and lacks ideal burst off the line. Versatile and can play either end position. Better against the run. Flashes some ability to play out in open space, although it doesn't appear likely that he'll be considered as a potential 3-4 OLB.
Two-time team captain and emotional leader. Intelligent player and displays a natural feel for the flow of the play. Almost always in position. Could improve lower body strength, especially when bull-rushing.
Simon projects as a third to fourth round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Harvard University's Kyle Juszczyk is a true gem at his position and will be one of the few fullbacks drafted. Showed out at his Pro Day, running well and showing excellent short area burst and strength.
Legit athlete with good frame and bulk. Can play multiple positions (tight end, fullback, H-back). Above-average hands. Tough, hard-nosed player. Would benefit from playing behind a veteran in the short-term. Would be the first player drafted out of Harvard since Ryan Fitzpatrick in 2005. Excellent performance at the Senior Bowl. Very good lead blocker, gets low and looks to knock guys off their feet every play.... [Read More
Wisconsin Badgers offensive tackle Rick Wagner is likely a right tackle prospect only due to his athletic limitations and excellent run blocking. A hustle player. Underwhelming in pass protection. Footwork and foot speed are the main issue. Typically deflects edge speed rushers out of the play rather than latching on. Very good upper body strength. Will likely provide depth at OT early in his career. Might slide inside to guard or at least get a look there as well. Always seems to be in the right place and stays on assignment. Not a mauler. Not an explosive blocker.... [Read More
Injuries have derailed Notre Dame defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore's collegiate career. A torn MCL in 2011 and then a torn ACL during the Fighting Irish's national championship game against Alabama. If not for that last injury, KLM had the potential to be a mid-round pick, but instead will slide down draft board over durability concerns. Can play the three or five techniques. Excellent build and frame for a 3-4 DE. Pass rushing is limited. Inconsistent balance. Plays best as part of a rotation. Limited athleticism. Will need a redshirt year.... [Read More
Elon Phoenix wide receiver Aaron Mellette shined in the FCS, especially in his junior year. Good hands, but allows the ball into his body too often. Small school prospect that underwhelmed against FBS opponents. Adequate height and should compete for a No. 2 receiver spot. Nice burst making his breaks. Good pacing on routes. Well built, but not particularly adept at blocking or having a good release out of press coverage. Average speed. Must focus on his ability to separate at the next level. Bloated numbers in pass-first offense.... [Read More
Cal Golden Bears cornerback Marc Anthony is a disciplined, intelligent player with decent length who could challenge for a depth role as a rookie. Willing tackler, plays with intensity in run support. Quick to diagnose a run play. Smooth movement. Average food speed. Backpedal needs work. Tight in his hips. Average production through his career. Average hands. Far more likely to knock down passes than pick them off. Lacks a second gear. Below-average speed. Physical and good upper body strength will allow him to challenge bigger receivers.... [Read More