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.
Round two didn’t give us much to work with other than Jimmie Ward, but round three offers several great options. We’ll spotlight two possible future Ravens in this article.
Will Matt Elam’s 2014 sidekick be selected in round three?
Here are a few under-the-radar players heading into March Pro Days.
Ed Reynolds, Stanford
Reynolds looks the part, standing at 6’2 and just over 200 pounds. He has room to get a bit stronger, something that should come in an NFL workout program.
I see a fairly well-rounded player with Reynolds. I don’t see too many weaknesses in his game. He isn’t exactly a ball-hawk, but his sound play should interest the Ravens.
Although he wasn’t tested too much in big games, I expect Reynolds to transition well to the next level. I’d like to see a bit more than a “sound player” on film. If there were a few more highlight-reel plays on his tape, Reynolds would be a sure-fire second round selection.
Reynolds ran a 4.57 at the NFL Scouting Combine with a vertical jump of 32 ½ inches.
Dion Bailey, Southern California
Bailey should be an immediate help on defense. He has a lot of cover skills down, moving well and transitioning on a dime. I was impressed to see him shift his power from side-to-side and adjust on a moment’s notice.
Unlike Reynolds, Bailey has a knack for being around the ball and making big plays. In 2013, he had five interceptions and 61 tackles. He doesn’t possess elite speed, something that might be a concern. At the NFL Scouting Combine, he ran a 4.66—just about average for a defensive back.
There’s nothing that Bailey does exceptional; his tape just shows very solid play all across the board. As difficult as it is to find a dominant strength of Bailey’s, it’s equally hard to find a glaring weakness in his game.
Will the Ravens take one of these two guys to compliment Elam, or will address the need in free agency?
Time will tell but it’s safe to say that the FS talent in this class is NOT elite.