Ravens' pick

April 18, 1999|By Gary Lambrecht

Ravens' pick

Chris McAlister, CB

Round: 1st, 10th pick

Size: 6 feet, 199 pounds

School: Arizona

Hometown: Pasadena, Calif.

Career statistics: Over three seasons at Arizona, McAlister started all 33 games, recording 122 tackles, including 104 solo. He picked off 18 passes, returning two for touchdowns. He also averaged 25.5 yards on 43 kickoff returns in three seasons. Last year, McAlister attained first-team, All-America status by leading Arizona with five interceptions and 15 pass deflections. He also returned a kickoff, punt and interception for a touchdown in 1998, making him only the seventh player in college football history to do so.

Quote: "He's a bigger, more physical corner who will pair up nicely with [Duane] Starks. When Ozzie [Newsome, vice president of player personnel] is excited, he has a little bit of a glint in his eye, and he's had it on McAlister for quite some time. Kansas City wanted to come up [from the 14th slot] to get McAlister. Their reaction was, `You guys just got a stud at 10 who very well could have gone in the top five." -- Phil Savage, Ravens' director of college scouting.

Strengths: McAlister is regarded by many as the hardest-hitting defensive back in the country, and is blessed with 4.45 second, 40-yard dash speed. He is adept at jamming receivers at the line of scrimmage, and has exceptional ability breaking on the ball.

Weaknesses: His agent is Eugene Parker, who figures to hold out McAlister and delay his arrival in training camp. Even with all McAlister's ability, he should expect to be schooled now and then by the quick, physical NFL receivers he will face on a weekly basis.

Projected role: McAlister will team up with second-year man Duane Starks as a starting tandem.

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