The NFL Scouting Combine officially begins today, when more than 300 college players will participate in various drills and mental tests in front of National Football League coaches, general managers, and scouts. During the weekend-long showcase in their quest to achieve their NFL dreams. The Baltimore Ravens will have seven picks in the draft. While needs could be met via free agency, Baltimore doesn’t have as much money as others and will have to make the most of those seven picks. We take a look at some players who the Baltimore could target at the NFL combine this week in Indianapolis.
SIDNEY JONES, CB WASHINGTON
As a three-year starter for the Washington Huskies, he had nine interceptions and eight forced fumbles in his career. Jones also has traits the Ravens would love out of their prospects. Good character, aggressiveness, high football intelligence, and playmaking skills. The biggest concern for scouts is his lack of size, he is 6 foot even, 180 pounds, so there are questions about whether he will get pushed around by bigger and more physical receivers.
RYAN SWITZER, WR NORTH CAROLINA
Ryan Switzer will be selected late second day or early third day of the NFL Draft. However, despite his low projection, he is a quality player who makes up for his small size (5-10 185 lbs) by running crisp routes and he makes up for his lack of elite speed with great lateral quickness. During his time at UNC, he tallied 243 receptions, 2903 yards, and 19 receiving TDs with the added bonus of being a quality return man.He has 7 career punt return TDs with 4 additional punt return TDs that were called back. Switzer Tied the NCAA record with five punt return touchdowns in 2013.
TIM WILLIAMS, DE/OLB ALABAMA
Williams was basically unblockable at times with his explosive edge rush and spin moves, totaling 19.5 sacks over the past two seasons is a top 10 talent but is projected to slide down until the middle of the first round where the ravens will be, why?… Some scouts consider him a pass-rush specialist but question whether he is an every-down linebacker. Williams was also suspended for one-half of a game last season for a misdemeanor charge of carrying a pistol without a permit, the ravens (who usually steer clear of players with off the field issues) will gamble on players with past issues, so this week’s combine will be a great look at Williams on and off the field.
DALVIN COOK, RB FLORIDA STATE
Cook, Who declared ‘I am the best back in this class‘ at the combine earlier this week with is an elusive three-down back who can break a long run every time he touches the ball. That playmaking ability is what the Ravens lack with running backs Terrance West and Kenneth Dixon. Cook led the nation with 52 forced missed tackles last season and finished with 10 career runs of 50 yards or longer. The biggest minus on Cooks scouting report is ball security, he had 13 career fumbles, if Cook’s performance at the combine are disappointing, that could increase the chances of him sliding to Baltimore at the No. 16 overall pick.