As a part of our coverage here at Russell Street Report, we’ll be featuring the best prospects all across the board in any situation the Ravens might come across. Whether it’s a receiver in the first round, a quarterback in the sixth, or a guard in the third, we’ll cover the Ravens best options in any scenario. Barring any trades, the team will pick in the middle of each round—so we’ll see who is available when the Ravens are projected to select their upcoming stars. This will make it easy for you the fan to look at what the Ravens are seeing in future NFL prospects.
We approach the 5th round, where the list of players is getting thinner and teams start to take their chances. If the Ravens haven’t drafted a successor for Gino Gradkowski at this point, we’re probably looking at a bubble player that a scout likes and takes a heavy chance on. Luckily for those scouts, we have two under-the-radar prospects perfect for a 5th round risk.
Marcus Martin, Center, USC
Starting off our sleepers is the center for the Trojans. Martin has prototypical size for a center and plays very big on the field.
With good experience at a big school, he’s an interesting prospect later in the draft. Martin has problems with form and isn’t always an anchor up the middle. On some plays, he displays supreme strength to create gaping holes for ball-carriers. On others, his lack of all-around skill hurts him and he is clearly overmatched.
His game against Stanford was a prime example of his inconsistencies. When he is on, he’s on; when he fails to win off the snap, you can forget about any success.
Martin would be a good developmental pick this late in the draft. With NFL coaching, he can get a whole lot better, and maybe even compete for a starting job.
Ka’Deem Edwards, Guard, Tennessee State
Deep Sleeper Alert…
If you’re a fellow draftnik like me, you may have heard of Edwards. If not, you probably have never even heard of Tennessee State’s Football team, and that’s perfectly normal. Heck, there’s only been two players drafted from TSU since 2000, and one of them was Javarris Williams…
Edwards has true potential to fill a roster spot next season. He’s a fiery player that uses his hands very well in pass protection. His run-blocking needs to be improved, but with a little coaching and form, he can get a whole lot better. Edwards is bigger than most tackles and can be a road-block in pass pro. For a small-school prospect, he should be getting more press than he is right now, especially considering that he has one of the longest wingspans of any player at the Sr. Bowl at 83 1/2 inches.