Baltimore Ravens 2013 NFL Draft Review

Matt Elam

Strong safety Matt Elam drew praise during camp from Head Coach John Harbaugh for his ability to learn and communicate with the other members of the secondary. His speed and intelligence have been impressive and the first step to solidifying a starting position. At Florida, he was a playmaker who made big plays in big games. He is physical and competitive in his play. Linebacker Arthur Brown must make the transition from a 4-3 defense in college to the Ravens’ 3-4 system. In Baltimore’s multiple scheme, the guards are covered at times so Brown will be a free runner to use his athletic ability and sideline to sideline range. Brown had sports hernia surgery but is expected back for training camp. Brandon Williams impressed the Ravens’ brass with his strength to take on multiple blockers. He will push inconsistent Terrence Cody at nose tackle. Williams flashes explosive power and strength from the ground up. He was a dominant Division II player. John Simon projects as an outside linebacker but could possibly rotate at the “Sam” spot with Courtney Upshaw. The Big-10 Defensive Player of the Year is disruptive and relentless in his pursuit of the ball carrier. He will need some work on dropping into coverage. Kyle Juszczyk was drafted to be the heir apparent to Vonda Leach. The utility player can be effective from the slot, tight end, or line up as a fullback in the backfield. He possesses a good pair of hands and run after catch ability. “Juice” is a consistent producer who adds depth and a special teams’ performer to the team. Ricky Wagner was a value pick in the fifth round and has already demonstrated his versatility in mini camp and OTAs to play both the tackle and guard positions. A blue collar tough guy, he has better athletic ability than given credit. He will be a solid backup who has a chance to start with pro coaching development. Kapron Lewis- Moore will start the season on the physically unable to perform list (PUP) after a knee injury in the BCS national championship game. He projects as a 3-4 anchor end after playing end and tackle in Notre Dame’s 4-3 scheme. A productive four-year starter, he plays with a good power base. Ryan Jensen will compete with last year’s fourth round pick, Gino Gradkowski, for the center job. A four-year starter at tackle, he will need time to transition to center. A developmental project, he has better than average foot quickness for the position. Aaron Mellette is a developmental size and speed prospect with inconsistent skills. A productive, competitive, and physical small college receiver, he has the prototype body and long arms. Marc Anthony is a smart and technique savvy corner who is a good run support player and tackler. He has good ball skills and must excel on special teams to make the 53- man roster. GRADE: ABOVE AVERAGE.

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