Back in 2007, the Ravens invested a fifth-round NFL Supplemental Draft Pick on offensive tackle Jared Gaither. Physically gifted, the 6’9” former Maryland Terrapin was aloof and lacked passion for the game. Still just 32 years old, Gaither was the quintessential underachiever but clearly worth the 5th-round flyer. Gaither has been out of the league since 2012.
This year’s Supplemental Draft will be held on July 11 and word is that the Ravens have their eyes on Mississippi State safety Brandon Bryant. But Ozzie Newsome’s staffers aren’t the only ones focused in on the athletic DB. Thirteen other teams were on hand for Bryant’s workout this week.
The MSU Bulldog ran official 40-yard dash times of 4.45 and 4.52, according to NFL.com’s Gil Brandt. Bryant also posted 34 inches on his vertical jump and 10’ 3” on his broad jump. In agility drills, he ran 3-cone drill times of 7.26 and 7.52, with a 20-yard shuttle clocking of 4.23. He opted not to perform in the bench press.
Lindy’s Sports had this to say about Bryant in their scouting report:
Strengths: Moves very well for a safety with twitchy athleticism. Smooth pedal and balanced hips aid his ease of movement. Owns the straight-line speed of a cornerback. Controls his throttle in his cuts, accelerating quickly off his plant foot. Competes with toughness and isn’t shy removing receivers from their feet mid-route. Doesn’t use proper technique, but admirably fights through blocks to be a factor vs. the run. Enjoys throwing his body around and is a solid open-field tackler.
Weaknesses: Marginal instincts. Struggles with route combinations and often caught in no man’s land. Late to read or anticipate with poor backfield vision. Hooked on underneath action and late to recover over the top. Bites on receiver fakes or hesitation, leading to big plays for the offense (Ole Miss receiver A.J. Brown victimized him with a double-move out of the slot, which resulted in a 77-yard touchdown reception in the 2017 edition of the Egg Bowl).
Below-average ball production with only 12 career passes defended. Doesn’t effectively use his hands to take on blockers, preferring to lean his shoulder into his target. Inconsistent results when attempting to tackle in motion, arriving too hot and not properly breaking down in space, especially on screens. Struggled to live up to expectations after his productive freshman season, almost quitting football because of the pressure. Arrested for DUI and open container (January 2017).
When a team makes a supplemental pick, they forego a comparable pick in the following year’s draft. Given this report, you’d have to think that there will be a similarly skilled player available late on Day 3 of the 2019 NFL Draft.
The Ravens have had their fair share of bumps and bruises in recent years, preventing players from seeing the field while challenging the club’s depth. According to ESPN Stats & Information,
the Ravens placed an NFL-high 68 players on injured reserve over the past three seasons.
The team regularly studies how they operate and train and they’ve invested in equipment to help reduce and/or nurse injuries, but to no avail. Is it the fields they train on? The intensity or lack thereof during practice? Could it be the shoes worn by the players who are always looking for an edge, leaning towards lighter shoes that might not provide proper support?
Or is it just bad luck?
Whatever the reason(s) the Ravens will be even more exposed to injury this summer. Training Camp will start a week earlier, they play an extra preseason game (Hall of Fame Game on August 2) and they will have joint practices with the LA Rams.
If Rainbows Were Omens
Maybe, just maybe, Lady Luck WILL shine on the Ravens in 2018.
The Best 11
NFL.com came up with their all-time best eleven players for each franchise. This is what they came up with for the Ravens:
1) Ray Lewis, LB (1996-2012)
2) Ed Reed, S (2002-2012)
3) Jonathan Ogden, OT (1996-2007)
4) Terrell Suggs, LB (2003-present)
5) Joe Flacco, QB (2008-present)
6) Jamal Lewis, RB (2000-06)
7) Haloti Ngata, DT (2006-2014)
8) Marshal Yanda, OT (2007-present)
9) Peter Boulware, LB (1997-2005)
10) Justin Tucker, K (2012-present)
11) Ray Rice, RB (2008-2013)
Coach: John Harbaugh (2008-present)
Do you agree?
My list would rank Yanda right about where Flacco is.
Many of the national pundits think that 2018 is Flacco’s last in Baltimore. I’m not so sure.
That said, here’s some more piling on…
On Sunday, June 24, the producers of “Potential”, a dramatic comedy that focuses upon the life choices we make and what happens when the world grows up without us, were on hand at Jimmy’s Seafood seeking extras. Ray Lewis is involved in the film and he’ll apparently be used in an interesting way (see video below).
‘Potential’ follows the lives of two twenty-somethings trying to jump-start their respective futures. Broke and struggling due to poor decision-making and a fear of failure, the two roommates and aspiring screenwriters fight to make ends meet and gain forward momentum in their lives, all the while dealing with dead-end jobs, faltering relationships, and the successes of their friends.
A child asked his father, “How were people born?”
So his father said, “Adam and Eve made babies, then their babies became adults and made babies, and so on.”
The child then went to his mother, asked her the same question and she told him, “We were monkeys then we evolved to become like we are now.”
The child ran back to his father and said, “You lied to me!”
His father replied, “No, your mom was talking about her side of the family.”
On This Day in Music History
1964, Peter and Gordon went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the John Lennon and Paul McCartney song ‘A World Without Love’, also a No.1 in the UK. Peter Asher went on to become James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt’s manager.
1967, Mick Jagger was found guilty of illegal possession of two drugs found in his jacket at a party given by Keith Richards. He was remanded overnight at Lewes jail, England (prison number 7856). Jagger requested books on Tibet and modern art and two packs of Benson & Hedges cigarettes.
1980, Led Zeppelin appeared at Messehalle, Nuremberg, Germany during their last ever tour. After the group had played just three songs, drummer John Bonham collapsed on stage, causing the remainder of the show to be cancelled.
1994, Aerosmith became the first major band to let fans download a full new track free from the internet.
Source: This Day in Music