Ravens add WR Mellette and CB Anthony with final two picks

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The Baltimore Ravens rounded out their portion of the 2013 NFL Draft by selecting Elon wide receiver Aaron Mellette and California cornerback Marc Anthony.

Depth was needed at both positions, and neither position was addressed prior to the seventh round, so this doesn’t come as a surprise.

Mellette’s availability in the seventh round was a bit shocking, as the 6’2 receiver caught 97 passess for 1,398 yards and 18 touchdowns. The level of competition may have inflated his stats; however, he did catch 11 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown against Vanderbilt.

He doesn’t have top end speed, but he is a reliable target in the intermediate and mid-tier passing game. His size allows him to fend off defenders on short passes and he is a sure-handed, reliable target who could become one of Joe Flacco’s go-to guys.

The Ravens needed to add another starting receiver to go along with Torrey Smith, but that’s not what Mellette is, at least for now. He has both the talent and potential to become a starter, but incumbents Jacoby Jones, Tandon Doss, Tommy Streeter and even Deonte Thompson have the edge over him for now.

The final player who the Ravens selected, Anthony, intercepted two passes in 2012 and had three passes defended. He stands at 5’11, 196 pounds, which is big enough to defend outside receivers, but he could also be utilized as a nickel corner.

He doesn’t have great speed, but he can jump on passes rather quickly and can instantly contribute in a rotational role for the Ravens this season. The team has plenty of depth at cornerback, so Anthony wouldn’t be anything more than the team’s fifth corner at best, for now.

If he can improve his overall speed and his ability to shift his weight, he could certainly develop into a starting defender for the team. For now, improvements need to be made, and he also doesn’t figure to contribute much on special teams, but his coverage ability may lead to success in the league.

After spending the first six rounds focusing mainly on the trenches, the Ravens shifted their focus to skill positions on both sides of the ball. Both players will just be role players for now, but have the potential to contribute heavily in the future. Of the two, Mellette certainly appears to have the most starting potential.

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5 Raves on “Ravens add WR Mellette and CB Anthony with final two picks

  1. Jerry Moore #44 on said:

    Damm man I wish we would got Ryan Swope, Kenny Stills or even D’ Rick Rogers I mean I’m not a NFL scout but I do know these three young men will be very productive for their teams. Swope fit the description of the type of receiver we needed to be a all around ELITE contender but all and all I think we did a great job in this yrs draft with the additions of Elam, Brown, Simon and that beast a$$ fullback we have can do anything you ask of him. Well rounded draft just wish we went in for another WR

    • Greg on said:

      Swope had no less than 3 concussions in his college career. its unfortunate, but his draft stock slid for that exact reason. Hard to put faith in someone who could wind up like Austin Collie.

      DaRick supposedly is a huge character and off-field risk; thus why none of 32 teams drafted him

      • Jerry M on said:

        Thanks for the Info bro I did not know these things I was just going by what I saw him do on tape he’s spactacular. And D’Rick Rogers plays for the bills now I’m sure he will be just fine on & off the field. I dont know much bout Mellette but I hear he is a good player we shall see

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