Ravens' picks

Nfl Draft

April 19, 1999|By Gary Lambrecht

Brandon Stokley, WR

Round: Fourth, 105th choice overall

Hometown: Lafayette, La.

School: Southwest Louisiana

Size: 5 feet 11, 197 pounds

Career stats: He finished his career ranked 10th in NCAA Division I history with 241 receptions and ninth with 3,702 yards. He is the only receiver in school history to gain 1,000 receiving yards in a season, having done it three times. Came back from a season-ending knee injury in 1997 to lead his team with 65 receptions for a school-record 1,173 yards and eight touchdowns. He caught 25 touchdown passes and averaged 100 yards per game in his career.

Strengths: Combines good speed with good hands and the ability to make tough catches in traffic. Had big games against the likes of Florida, Tulane, Southern Mississippi and Texas Tech. Managed to shine on several weak teams.

Weaknesses: He tore his anterior cruciate ligament and had knee surgery in 1997, and may have lost some of his breakaway speed. Lacks the size to dominate NFL cornerbacks physically on a consistent basis.

Quote: "Brandon is a chain mover in our minds. He does a very good job of making the [tough] catch and I value that, being an ex-pass receiver myself." -- Ozzie Newsome, Ravens vice president of player personnel.

Projected role: Stokley could force his way into the regular rotation as a No. 3 receiver, primarily playing in the slot.

Edwin Mulitalo, OL

Round: Fourth, 129th overall

Hometown: Daly City, Calif.

School: Arizona

Size: 6 feet 3, 328 pounds

Career stats: He started at offensive tackle for two years at Ricks College (Idaho) before transferring to Arizona in 1997. Over the last two seasons, he started every game at left tackle.

Strengths: Mulitalo has the versatility the Ravens need as they try to beef up the quality of their backup players on the line. He uses his size and strength as an effective run blocker. In time, he could be plugged in to help at any guard or tackle position.

Weaknesses: He's probably too slow and top-heavy to make it as a tackle in the NFL, and his pass-blocking technique is suspect.

Quote: "We feel that, by the time we leave training camp, [Mulitalo] could be challenging for our sixth-lineman spot. We're going to move him to guard, but we think he has the kind of versatility to start a game at any position." -- Newsome.

Projected role: He figures to battle for a backup job at guard.

Anthony Poindexter, S

Round: Seventh, 216th overall

Hometown: Blacksburg, Va.

School: Virginia

Size: 6 feet 1, 223 pounds

Career stats: Poindexter is a three-time All-American who set a school record with 342 career tackles, including 167 solo. He also recorded seven fumble recoveries and 12 interceptions. He averaged 10.5 tackles a game as a senior with the Cavaliers.

Strengths: His forte is drilling ball carriers with what scouts said were some of the hardest hits seen last season in college football. His size is perfect for the safety position, and he seems to have great instincts.

Weaknesses: A serious knee injury suffered in the eighth game of Virginia's season last fall spelled the end of Poindexter's storied, collegiate career. The Ravens are hoping he can be a significant contributor in 2000, although there is a chance he may never play again. Even before his injury, Poindexter was not blessed with exceptional speed.

Quote: "The seventh round is always an `if' round. If this guy is able to come back and play, we've got a top 20 talent in the seventh round. I think he's going to be that good if he comes back." -- Phil Savage, Ravens director of college scouting.

Projected role: Poindexter is probably headed for the injured-reserve list as a rookie. An optimistic scenario has him on the field in 2000.

Pub Date: 4/19/99

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