Monday, February 24, 2014
Winners/losers: Ravens' playmaker targets
By Jamison Hensley
The Baltimore Ravens are expected to take a playmaker on offense, whether it's a wide receiver or a tight end, early in the draft. Here's how some potential targets fared at the NFL combine:
Eric Ebron, North Carolina tight end: The top tight end prospect didn't disappoint. His 40-yard time (4.6 seconds) was the second best for his position. He has all the measurables for the position, checking in at 6-foot-4 with big hands (10 inches). If he can improve as a blocker, Ebron will be the total package. The Ravens, who have the No. 17 overall pick, may be wondering whether Ebron had too good of a showing. ESPN's John Clayton believes Ebron can be a candidate for the top 15.
Mike Evans, Texas A&M wide receiver: He squashed any concern about his speed. His 40 time (4.53 seconds) was ahead of several other receivers and is impressive for a 6-foot-5 receiver. Evans also looked smooth in the pass-catching drills. He may have solidified himself as the No. 2 receiver behind Sammy Watkins.
Odell Beckham, LSU wide receiver: Ravens fans are going to hear Beckham's name more because he went from a late first-round prospect to a mid-round one. His 4.43 time in the 40 was seventh best among wide receivers and his route running was precise. The 5-11 target looked explosive and displayed solid hands.
Jarvis Landry, LSU wide receiver: He posted a slow first 40 time (4.77 seconds) and then passed on his second run after tweaking his hamstring. His broad jump and vertical leap were among the worst at his position.
Marqise Lee, USC wide receiver: His 40 time (4.52 seconds) is disappointing for a receiver who measured under 6 feet. In the pass-catching drills, Lee wasn't helped by ragged throws, which caused him to adjust to pull in the ball. He may have dropped behind Evans to No. 3 on the receiver rankings.
Jace Amaro, Texas Tech tight end: There were mixed feelings on Amaro. He was among the top five tight ends in 40-yard time and bench press. But some teams may want a pass-catching tight end to run the 40 faster than 4.74 seconds. Amaro also had some drops in the pass-catching drills, and his hands were the smallest (9 inches) at his position.