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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster is set heading into start of OTAs

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster is set heading into start of OTAs

Kick off your Monday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including the full 90-man roster heading into the beginning of OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. The Baltimore Ravens have officially announced the full 90-man roster that will be competing for an official team roster spot in OTAs this summer. Ravens OTAs begin Monday.

2. With the return of Pernell McPhee and the addition of Shane Ray, it's clear that the Ravens are searching for the right pass rushers for their defense. The two veterans join draft pick Jaylon Ferguson in the quest to create a dynamic defense.

3. Marquise Brown is expected to miss OTAs due to continued rehab on his foot from Lisfranc surgery. However, Brown is expected to be ready by the start of training camp in August.

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Marquise Brown to miss OTAs

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Marquise Brown to miss OTAs

Kick off your Saturday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including an injury update on the Ravens' first-round pick. 

Player/Team Notes: 

1. 2019 first-round pick and WR Marquise Brown will miss OTAs as he continues to recover from Lisfranc surgery. Per Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic, the team expects Brown to be ready by the start of training camp. 

2. The Ravens confirmed the signings of OLB Pernell McPhee, OLB Shane Ray, and WR Michael Floyd Friday. Baltimore also announced it had waived QB Jalan McClendon and DT Kalil Morris.

3. Free agent LB Jon Bostic worked out for the Ravens Friday, per Zrebiec. Bostic was cut by the Steelers in April. 

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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