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Ravens signed Sacramento State WR DeAndre Carter.

Carter (5'9/185) was the FCS Wide Receiver of the Year in 2014, catching 99 passes for 1,321 yards and 17 TDs, also returning a punt 61 yards for a score. He drew praise from Mike Martz at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl all-star game in January. Carter shined at the Sac State Pro Day, running 4.44 with a 10-foot-6 broad jump and 38 1/2-inch vertical. Rotoviz's Jon Moore has set Carter's measurables-production combo somewhere between Donnie Avery and Emmanuel Sanders. Carter's agent did a good job of placing him on a Ravens roster with little clarity behind Steve Smith Sr. and Breshad Perriman.
May 3 - 10:14 PM

First-round Ravens WR Breshad Perriman believes most of his college drops were the result of "lapses in concentration.

As in, he believes it's something he can fix. Perriman muffed eight passes for UCF in 2014. "It's something I have a chip on my shoulder about," Perriman said. "At the end of the day, I know what I have to do and I know that I can catch." We're not overly concerned about Perriman's hands, though Kelvin Benjamin was a reminder last season that college-drop issues don't get better overnight.
May 3 - 5:26 PM

The Baltimore Sun expects second-round TE Maxx Williams to "work in tandem" with Crockett Gillmore.

As in, Gillmore will throw the blocks and Williams will catch the passes. That's over-simplifying it a bit, as Williams can do a little blocking and Gillmore a little catching, but Williams will be counted on to make plays as a receiver. The No. 99 overall pick of last year's draft, Gillmore caught 10 passes in 15 games behind Owen Daniels and Dennis Pitta. Pitta's (hip) health is the reason Baltimore needed Williams in the first place.
May 3 - 5:18 PM

Ravens signed Mississippi State OT Blaine Clausel.

Clausell (6'6/329) made 38 starts at left tackle for Mississippi State, but was snubbed for a Combine invite and only selected to the Senior Bowl when another tackle bowed out. Although Clausell possesses ideal NFL size, he was a liability as a pass blocker in college and will likely have to show the ability to handle himself on the interior to carve out an NFL career. He projects as a backup.
May 2 - 9:13 PM

Ravens signed Louisiana-Monroe K Justin Manton.

Manton served as ULM's punter, kickoff specialist, and placekicker during his four-year career. He connected on 20-of-24 field goals (83.3 percent) as a senior. Manton earned first-team All-Sun Belt as a junior punter and second-team honors as a kicker in 2014. Manton's ability to perform a variety of tasks gives him an outside chance at an NFL career. Unfortunately, that won't happen in Baltimore behind stud PK Justin Tucker.
May 2 - 8:29 PM

Ravens signed LSU RB Terrence Magee.

Magee (5'9/213) was a rotational back throughout his LSU career, gaining 1,330 yards with 12 TDs on 226 carries (5.88 YPC) and catching 24 passes. He ran 4.65/4.66 at the Tigers' Pro Day after posting a 37-inch vertical and 9-foot-7 broad jump in Indianapolis. Magee is a gets-what's-blocked-runner only, but one of the best pass-protecting backs in this class and can catch the football despite limited usage there in college. A competitive overachiever, there is some Knowshon Moreno to Magee's game.
May 2 - 7:54 PM

Ravens signed Prairie View A&M QB Jerry Lovelocke.

Lovelocke (6'5/248) was a four-year starter for the PVAMU Panthers, completing 57.6 percent of his senior-year passes with a 16:9 TD-to-INT ratio and ten additional rushing scores. A massive quarterback with 10 1/2-inch hands and 34 1/4-inch arms, Lovelocke has ideal tight end dimensions and could get a look there after running 4.81/4.84 at his Pro Day with a 31-inch vertical and 9-foot-5 broad jump. Lovelocke isn't going to make it as a quarterback.
May 2 - 7:48 PM

Ravens signed Oklahoma CB Julian Wilson.

Wilson (6'2/205) made 22 starts across four seasons as a Sooner, amassing 6.5 TFLs and four interceptions. He was a second-team All-Big 12 pick as a senior. Wilson ran 4.58 with a 36-inch vertical at the Combine, but excelled in the broad jump (10'5") and improved his forty to 4.47/4.48 at the OU Pro Day. Wilson is "body beautiful," but plays like Jane with sub-par ball skills and a contact-averse approach to coverage. He's also a matador in run defense.
May 2 - 7:26 PM

Ravens selected Georgia Tech WR Darren Waller with the No. 204 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Waller (6'6/238) made 22 starts in four seasons at Georgia Tech, tallying 51 receptions for 971 yards (19.0 YPR) and nine TDs. A freakish athlete for his size, Waller ran 4.46 in Indianapolis with a 37-inch vertical and 10-foot-5 broad jump. Waller needs a lot of technical work — most Yellow Jackets wideouts do — but he's smart (34 Wonderlic score), flashed dominant high-pointing ability in the ACC and offers starting-caliber upside as a vertical weapon.
May 2 - 4:34 PM

Ravens selected Tennessee State G Robert Myers with the No. 176 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Myers (6'5/326) made 35 starts for the TSU Tigers, earning second-team All-Ohio Valley Conference as junior and senior. Blessed with plus arm length (33 3/4") but sub-par movement skills, Myers ran 5.44 with a 27 1/2-inch vertical and 7-foot-10 broad jump in Indianapolis. Although Myers will have to kick inside in the NFL, he plays with enough power to succeed in a gap scheme and has starting potential down the line.
May 2 - 3:27 PM

Ravens selected Delaware TE Nick Boyle with the No. 171 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Boyle (6'5/268) made 36 starts for the D-IAA Blue Hens, parlaying 101 catches into 984 yards (9.7 YPR) and 12 TDs. Boyle runs a 5.04 forty, but could carve out a career as a No. 2-type in-line tight end with a sturdy frame, long arms (33 3/8"), and big hands (10 3/8"). He projects as a short-area pass catcher only and is unlikely to make NFL noise as a receiver.
May 2 - 3:18 PM

Ravens selected Texas Southern CB Tray Walker with the No. 136 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Walker (6'2/191) brings plus length and gobs of athleticism to a Ravens secondary with question marks behind Jimmy Smith. Walker went 4.43 at the Combine with a 34 1/2" vertical and a 10'7" broad. A nice sleeper for Ozzie Newsome, Walker has the longest arms and largest wingspan of any corner in this class.
May 2 - 1:41 PM

Ravens selected USC RB Javorius Allen with the No. 125 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

"Buck" Allen (6'1/221) spent a season and a half as the Trojans' lead back, gaining 2,306 yards and scoring 25 touchdowns on 417 career carries (5.53 YPC). Abnormally old for a rookie, Allen is 17 days older than Ronnie Hillman, two years older than Tre Mason, and three years older than Todd Gurley. Allen is a solid pass protector and receiver on tape, making him a good fit for new Ravens OC Marc Trestman's offense, but runs much smaller than his frame and packs very little pop. He won't be a tackle breaker in the NFL. Allen projects as a backup who might be functional as a short-term, injury-replacement starter.
May 2 - 1:16 PM

Ravens selected Kentucky OLB Za'Darius Smith with the No. 122 overall pick in the 2015 draft.

This could be viewed as Courtney Upshaw's eventual replacement. Smith (6'5/274) spent two seasons as a Wildcat after transferring from JUCO, compiling 14 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, and two fumble recoveries. He showed limited athletic ability at the Combine, running 4.83 with a 29-inch vertical and 9-foot-5 broad jump. A try-hard, high-motor power end, Smith is unlikely to be a pass-rushing factor in the pros, but could earn a living as a two-down run defender.
May 2 - 1:11 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette reports the Steelers were "ready to draft" Ravens TE Maxx Williams with the No. 56 overall pick.

The Ravens jumped their division rivals and snagged Williams instead. It is an interesting story highlighting the strategy involved in the draft, but it also clearly demonstrates the Steelers' desire to find a long-term replacement for aging TE Heath Miller. Pittsburgh could land a developmental prospect like South Carolina's Rory Anderson on Day 3.
May 2 - 11:43 AM


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