Reminds me of a penetrating version of Kelly Gregg.
He's obviously not a drive-blocking center but he's done well in solo and combo blocking against some good DTs... like I said he shut down Sharrif Floyd of Florida as well as Sylvester Williams of North Carolina.
Gerald Hodges weighing in at 239 is a nice surprise.
Also, Joe Vellano weighing in at 300lbs and still being that quick is a REALLY nice thing for him to maintain in this process. If he can belt out 25-30 reps on the bench, I think he could really move his stock up.
Geno Atkins is 6'1" 290lbs and look at how good he is. Vellano may not be a very tall guy, but he is just a nasty guy. Out of everyone in this draft, he is the one guy that I have wanted as a Raven for a couple of years now.
The other Terp DT, AJ Francis, might not be a bad addition in the later rounds either.
Duke Williams out of Nevada might be another safety to keep an eye on. Pretty underrated player.
I guess I just don't get the infatuation with margins hunt and ansah. I understand their intangibles and potential but in the first I think the ravens really need to get a more polished player. This is the most important draft for the ravens in a long time, they need to pick players with better production and consistency than those two. I understand that they could become guys like Pierre Paul or JJ watt but I'd rather have a "safer pick" that being said I know that not everyone makes the transition to the nfl. This is almost like a new beginning for this organization, ray is retiring and we are in cap hell, a solid draft with 2 or 3 productive players with high ceilings goes a long way for this team. I also do not get the love for the center out of Wisconsin, are you all ready to give up on Gino? The only center I see them taking high is Barrett jones other than that it need to be defense defense defense with a receiver in there. Sign Ellerbe, let Kruger walk as he is not worth the money he is asking and pick some guys with more than intangibles to how for their college career
After seeing every game Vellano has played I'm convinced he's going to be a factor in the NFL wherever he plays. He plays with incredible technique and motor.
Truthfully, I am hoping they go for a pass rusher in round 1. Ideally, I'd like to see them target Dion Jordan.
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