Ravens draft picks

NFL Draft

April 23, 2001|By Brent Jones

Ravens draft picks

Edgerton Hartwell, MLB

Round: Fourth, 126th overall

Size: 6 feet, 244 pounds

School: Western Illinois

Hometown: Las Vegas

Career statistics: Owns the school record with 512 tackles in three seasons. Recorded 10 tackles in his last 23 games. Was a unanimous Division I-AA All-American. Has three career interceptions, with one returned for a touchdown, and 12 sacks.

Quote: "We feel like he is a legitimate inside middle linebacker to come in and be a suitable backup for Ray [Lewis] and also play on special teams," said Phil Savage, director of college scouting.

Quick notes: Comes from the same college as New York Jets linebacker Bryan Cox. Started his career at Wisconsin before transferring to Western Illinois, where he started the last three years.

Strengths: An aggressive tackler with good technique. Led the nation with 191 tackles last season. Uses his hands to avoid blocks at his feet.

Weaknesses: Doesn't have great speed and could struggle in pass coverage.

Projected role: As a valuable special teams player and at best, the backup middle linebacker to Lewis.

Chris Barnes, RB

Round: Fifth, 161st overall

Size: 6-0, 209 pounds

School: New Mexico State

Hometown: Bowling Green, Fla.

Career statistics: In 20 games, he rushed for 1,698 yards with 11 touchdowns. Had six 100-yard performances, which tied a school record. Rushed for 24 career touchdowns.

Quote: "He's got good size to him, a decent burst of speed," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "He's kind of an unknown commodity because he's moved around a bit. So we're hoping for a bit of a surprise."

Quick note: Nicknamed "C," Barnes majored in criminal justice. He played his first two years at Monterey Peninsula College.

Strengths: Good downhill runner. Rarely fumbles and has good leaping ability for someone his size. Very physical running back.

Weaknesses: Has few long runs. Not a proven pass-catcher coming out of the backfield.

Projected role: The top backup to Jamal Lewis would be the ideal spot, but the Ravens will probably sign a veteran before training camp. At worst, he seems poised to be the No. 3 back.

Joe Maese, long snapper

Round: Sixth, 194th overall

Size: 6-0, 235 pounds

School: New Mexico

Hometown: Phoenix

Career statistics: Played defensive line at the junior college level. Walked on at New Mexico and was used exclusively as the long snapper.

Quote: "He's a guy that on opening day against Chicago can be someone that can snap for us," said Ozzie Newsome, the Ravens director of player personnel. "Phil [Savage] saw him on tape, and he was able to get the tape to me. We both were impressed."

Quick note: Won the 2000 Beefmaster Award as the strongest pound-for-pound Lobo.

Strengths: Gets the ball back to the punter fast, sometimes in about .6 of a second. Has good technique.

Weaknesses: Needs to improve as a snapper for place-kicks. Is undersized.

Projected role: Will compete in training camp to be the team's long snapper.

Dwayne Missouri, DE

Round: Seventh, 231st overall

Size: 6-5, 265 pounds

School: Northwestern

Hometown: San Antonio

Career statistics: Finished with 17 sacks and 141 tackles. Was a two-year starter for the Wildcats.

Quote: "Dwayne is a player with a big frame," Savage said. "He's got a good-sized upper body. He's going to need some development in his lower body."

Quick note: Led his high school team to a 16-0 record and the state championship.

Strengths: Plays hard every down. Has long arms.

Weaknesses: Lacks closing speed.

Projected role: Will compete for one of the backup end spots.

Saturday's picks

Rd. No. Player Pos. College

1 31 Todd Heap TE Arizona State

2 62 Gary Baxter DB Baylor

3 92 Casey Rabach C Wisconsin

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