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NFL Combine: How Joe Flacco, Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley and more Ravens performed

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NFL Combine: How Joe Flacco, Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley and more Ravens performed

Imagine having to go on a job interview in front of 32 potential employers all at once.

That's what the NFL Combine is for college football players looking for a shot in the NFL.

For general managers and scouts, it's a chance to see which players would be the perfect fit for their organization.

With the combine comes a lot of overhype and in a few years, realization of quality players teams overlooked solely based off of numbers.


One of the best examples to date is Tom Brady.

Everyone has seen the videos of a long and lanky Brady sluggishly running a 40. Looking at his combine footage, it's unlikely scouts expected him to go on to win five Super Bowls.

Then you have someone like Tim Tebow - an absolute star in college - that could never make a splash in the NFL.

Something radio and television host, Dan Patrick likes to do on his show is have NFL stars read their combine profiles out loud to see if they've aged well.

Let's take a look at a few current Ravens and their combine profiles.

QB Joe Flacco: 

Verticle: 28.5inches

Broad Jump: 110 inches

3 Cone Drill: 6.82 seconds

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.27 seconds

"Flacco is one of the more intriguing quarterback prospects of this draft. While he lacks the big name of some of the other highly ranked prospects, he possesses the prototypical combination of size and arm strength scouts are looking for. His steady improvement while at Delaware bodes well for his future development in the NFL, but Flacco's ability to handle the greater speed of the NFL is the determining factor of his final draft status." 

Srengths:  Prototype arm strength. Can make all of the NFL throws with ease. Adequate speed in his set up and delivery. Solid mechanics. Possesses an over-the-top delivery and good footwork. Isn't a finished product, but shows the tools worthy of development.

Weakness: Improved feel in the pocket, but still hangs on to the ball too long and isn't particularly mobile. Can slide up into the pocket to buy time, but isn't going to scare defenses with his scrambling ability. Tends to lock-on to his receivers.

Flacco's draft profile is pretty accuarte. Over the years, he's shown he has the arm strength to get the ball down the field but still lacks mobility and footwork to scramble when needed.

When Flacco decides to retire or is no longer with the Ravens, his NFL success will depend on who you talk to. While his record in the postseason and the run he went on down the stretch during the 2012-13 season earned him Super Bowl MVP, his performance of late has been mediocre.


LB Terrell Suggs:

40-yard Dash: 4.82

Vertical: 33 inches

Bench Press: 19 reps 

While Terrell Suggs was explosive in college, his combine numbers concerned many ahead of the draft. Since he was picked tenth overall in the 2003 draft, he's been a prime example of why you can't always trust those numbers.

Suggs has a career 812 combined tackles, 573 total tackles, 239 assist and 125.5 sacks. Not to mention being voted to the Pro Bowl seven times and being named NFL Rookie of the Year in 2003 and NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2011. At 35-years old, he had one of his best seasons in 2017 after dealing with two Achilles tears and a torn bicep over the last five-and-a-half-seasons. 

ILB C.J. Mosley: 6.42 grade

Vertical Jump: 35 inches

Broad Jump: 118 inches

3 Cone Drill: 7.30 seconds

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.40 seconds 

Draft analyist, Mike Mayock had this to say about Mosley.

"He's such a solid football player. There are some concerns about his shoulder, but he was medically cleared by just about every team. He's a plug-and-play linebacker in a 3-4 defense. He pursues sideline to sideline. He improved on getting off blocks this year. This is a typical Baltimore Ravens solid football player; a solid pick." 

Bottom Line: "Smart, instinctive, fast-flowing, every-down linebacker capable of manning any position in a "40" front or steering a defense from the weak side in a "30" front, where he starred for a national-championship defense as a junior and carried the Tide as a senior. Has the football temperament, desire and work habits to emerge as a tackling machine in the pros. Has Pro Bowl potential."

Mosley's projected NFL potential has stayed true over the last four seasons.

The Ravens picked up Mosley's fifth-year option and 2018 will bring the final year of his rookie contract. Many have suggested the time is now for the team to put a long-term deal together with the inside linebacker. 

His performance over the last four seasons has been impressive, tallying up 318 total tackles, 156 assist, eight sacks, eight interceptions and six forced fumbles. The Alabama alum is the front runner to become the leader of the Ravens' defense when 35-year old, Terrell Suggs retires. 

Not to mention, he's been voted to three Pro Bowls over four seasons. The Ravens can tally up Mosley as a draft pick winner. 


CB Jimmy Smith: 8.08 grade

40-Yard Dash: 4.46 seconds

Bench Press: 24 reps

Verticle Jump: 36 inches

Broad Jump: 123 inches

3 Cone Drill: 6.93 seconds

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.06 seconds

Strengths: "Smith has outstanding height for a corner coupled with good speed. Very effective in press-man using his length and size to jam and re-route. Can turn and run, recover when beat, and break up passes with his great leaping ability and ball skills. Likes to mix it up in run support and is also very physical here."

Weaknesses: "Hip stiffness in his angular, long build shows when playing off-man and breaking on underneath routes. Not as comfortable in zone as in press-man. Needs to be more consistent getting his head turned around to avoid interference calls. Must take better angles when tackling in the open field."

The Ravens drafted Smtih at No. 27 in the 2011 draft, and over the years, he's developed into one of the strongest cornerbacks in the league.

Per Pro Football Focus, Smith led cornerbacks in defensive passer rating during the first half of 2017, only giving up 12 receptions for 100 yards and allowing zero touchdowns. He was on track to have a huge 2017 season before going down with an Achilles injury in Week 13. It was also revealed he would be facing a suspension for PED use. 

A concern for Smith is the 23 regular-season games he's missed in six seasons due to injury. If 2018 brings good health for the 29-year old, the first-round pick will continue to be a playmaker.

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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed wide receiver Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal on Friday according to general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome.

The deal is apparently worth $21 million, according to Adam Schefter.

After being released by the Raiders on Thursday following the signing of Jordy Nelson, Crabtree heads to the Ravens less than 24 hours later.


The 31-year-old is coming off a 2017 season when he recorded 58 receptions for 618 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2016 he posted 89 receptions for 1,003 yards and eight touchdowns.

Since 2015, the Texas Tech product has scored 25 receiving touchdowns, the fifth-most in the NFL. Crabtree and Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown are the only NFL players to post at least eight touchdown catches in each of the past three seasons.


In all, Crabtree has played nine NFL seasons – six of them with San Francisco (2009-14) and three with Oakland (2015-17). The former first-round draft pick (10th overall, Texas Tech) has registered 579 receptions for 6,870 yards (11.9 avg.) and 51 touchdowns in 125 career games (122 starts).

“Michael has played very well against the Ravens, so we know firsthand the attributes he brings to the game,” Newsome said in a team statement. “He is a smart, tough, physical receiver who battles for the ball. We like his temperament and believe he is a good fit for our football team, on and off the field.”

Since he entered the NFL in 2009, Crabtree’s 51 receiving scores rank 10th among active wide receivers, while his receptions (579) are seventh, and his receiving yards (6,870) are 12th.

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

The most obvious move in the NFL this offseason was the Ravens signing a new wide receiver (or three). It was less obvious why the team decided to commit so much money to former Redskins receiver Ryan Grant.

Grant has long been beloved by his coaches and teammates, but the results have never been there on game day. He has some potential to improve if given a larger role in a team's offense, which he likely would have had in Baltimore, but it never made much sense to offer him a 4-year contract worth nearly 30 million, with $14.5 million guaranteed.

Thankfully for fans who were uninspired by the reported agreement, Grant was unable to pass his physical and will not be joining the team.


At a press conference Friday morning, GM Ozzie Newsome called the void a "medical decision" that Newsome had no control over. 

NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that Grant is recovering from a Grade 2 sprained ankle that would need two months rest.

You have to feel for Grant, who by all accounts has worked his tail off for many years just waiting for his chance. It's never easy missing out on nearly $15 million dollars guaranteed, but Grant should be able to find work with another team.

The timing of this news, coming so soon after former Raider Michael Crabtree became available, seemed fishy to some.

At Friday's press conference, Newsome also said the team would have still pursued Crabtree if they signed Grant. 

It's probably not fair to suggest that an NFL franchise would actually so publicly back out of a deal just because another option came along, as any team with that reputation would struggle to attract future free agents. That said, it could end up working out splendidly for the team.

Besides, if all else is equal, shouldn't a team located in Baltimore be going after a guy named CRABtree?