Ravens' draft picks

April 21, 2002|By Brent Jones

Ed Reed

Position: Safety

Round: First, 24th overall.

Size: 5 feet 11, 205 pounds.

School: Miami, Fla.

Hometown: St. Rose, La.

Career statistics: Reed's 21 interceptions are a school record. Also holds the school record in pass deflections (54). His 289 tackles is a school record for defensive backs. He returned 12 punts for 123 yards, and was a four-year starter.

Quote: "It is something about that Miami Hurricane persona that he has. You talk about passion, Ed Reed has passion. The thing that really sold me on him is that every time you watched Miami's defense and they needed a play to be made, Ed Reed made that play," said Ravens senior vice president of football operations Ozzie Newsome.

Quick notes: Graduated with a liberal arts degree last year and took graduate courses to remain eligible. Was a member of the Hurricanes' track and field team.

Strengths: Reads the quarterback extraordinarily well. Always seems to be in position to make a game-changing play. Combines a blue-collar work ethic and maturity with raw emotion. Can play in man-to-man coverage against receivers if need be, and tackles well.

Weaknesses: Not a big-time hitter. Does not have overwhelming speed.

Projected role: To start immediately at one of the open safety positions. Reed's college experience should make the adjustment easier. Also could contribute heavily on special teams.

Anthony Weaver

Position: Defensive lineman.

Round: Second, 52nd overall.

Size: 6-3, 300.

School: Notre Dame.

Hometown: Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Career statistics: Finished with 160 tackles, 17 sacks and 42 stops for losses. Caused six fumbles, recovered one, deflected 10 passes and had three interceptions.

Quote: "I had an opportunity to interview maybe 12 to 15 guys at the [NFL's scouting] combine, and I don't think there is a classier guy than Anthony Weaver that I sat down and talked with," Newsome said.

Quick notes: Was team captain. Can bench press 225 pounds 24 times. Was a government major.

Strengths: Great quickness and ability to close on quarterbacks. Has good use of his hands. Pursues well and can hold ground firmly when getting double-teamed. Plays his best in big games.

Weaknesses: Not spectacular or overwhelming in his play. Decent but not great athleticism.

Projected role: Weaver said he has never sat on the bench before, and if he can play at all, he will not sit with the Ravens, either. With Rob Burnett unlikely to re-sign, Weaver is already the likely starter at left end. Probably will rush from the tackle position in obvious passing situations.

Today's Ravens picks

Fourth round

No. 112 (from Atlanta through Denver)

No. 123

Fifth round

No. 155 (from Denver)

Sixth round

No. 195

No. 206

No. 207

No. 209

Seventh round

No. 236

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