Ravens' draft picks

April 22, 2002|By Brent Jones

Dave Zastudil

Position: Punter.

Round: Fourth, 112th overall.

Size: 6 feet 3, 225 pounds.

School: Ohio.

Hometown: Bay Village, Ohio.

Career statistics: Led the Mid-American Conference in punting for four straight years. Punted 207 times for 9,225 yards on 61 attempts - a 44.6 average. Had 61 punts longer than 50 yards and 60 punts downed inside the 20-yard line.

Quote: "He's a left-footed punter, which makes it a little bit more difficult for returners to adjust," said Phil Savage, director of college scouting.

Strengths: Great leg strength. Has good hands and can make the adjustment on a bad snap. Has decent hang time (4.2-second average).

Weaknesses: Could have trouble making the tackle if a returner breaks through because of a lack of speed (5.25 in the 40-yard dash).

Projected role: With free agent Kyle Richardson having signed with the Minnesota Vikings, Zastudil will be the punter.

Ron Johnson

Position: Wide receiver.

Round: Fourth, 123rd overall.

Size: 6-2, 224.

School: Minnesota.

Hometown: Detroit.

Career statistics: Is school's all-time record holder with 198 receptions for 3,039 yards and 31 touchdowns. Averaged 15.3 yards a catch. Had at least one reception in every game, 46 straight contests.

Quote: "He's a guy that can be a big-time target for Chris Redman," said Ozzie Newsome, senior vice president of football operations.

Strengths: Very physical. Has good field awareness and knows how to use his body to fight off defenders. Great body control and is a good blocker.

Weaknesses: Slow 40-yard dash time (4.7). May have trouble separating from defensive backs in deep routes.

Projected role: If he overachieves in training camp, Johnson could wind up as starter opposite Travis Taylor.

Terry Jones Jr.

Position: Tight end.

Round: Fifth, 155th overall.

Size: 6-3, 265.

School: Alabama.

Hometown: Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Career statistics: Had 31 receptions for 480 yards (15.5 average) and three touchdowns in 38 games.

Quote: "We felt like he could protect the end of the line and allow Todd Heap to do some thing down the field as a route runner," Savage said.

Strengths: Hard to tackle. Decent speed with good field awareness and is a strong blocker.

Weaknesses: Tore his left ACL in 2000. Only played one year of high school football and was not used much as a pass catcher at Alabama.

Projected role: Jones will compete with John Jones to be the top backup to Todd Heap.

Lamont Brightful

Position: Receiver/kick returner.

Round: Sixth, 195th overall.

Size: 5-10, 170.

School: Eastern Washington.

Hometown: Oak Harbor, Wash.

Career statistics: Had 122 receptions for 2,061 yards and 20 touchdowns. Returned five kickoffs for touchdowns and average 30 yards a return.

Quote: "He's one of those guys that makes a guy miss and goes," Newsome said.

Strengths: Great speed and explosiveness.

Weaknesses: Small frame. Needs to be more consistent catching the ball as a receiver.

Projected role: With Jermaine Lewis gone, Brightful could return kickoffs.

Javin Hunter

Position: Wide receiver.

Round: Sixth, 206th overall.

Size: 5-11, 190.

School: Notre Dame.

Hometown: Orchard Lake, Mich.

Career statistics: Caught 63 passes for 867 yards (13.8 average) and four touchdowns.

Quote: "They [Notre Dame] are not a passing attack there so we think we have some untapped talent," Newsome said.

Strengths: Good hands. Can adjust well to poorly thrown passes.

Weaknesses: Relies more on savvy than ability to get open.

Projected role: Could be the fourth or fifth receiver.

Chester Taylor

Position: Running back.

Round: Sixth, 207th overall.

Size: 5-11, 213.

School: Toledo

Hometown: River Rouge, Mich.

Career statistics: Rushed for 4,721 yards and 55 touchdowns. Also caught 61 passes for 554 yards and five TDs.

Quote: "You'll be impressed by the way he carries his pads when he runs the football," Newsome said.

Strengths: Durable, strong, outstanding in the red zone.

Weaknesses: Needs to take better care of the ball. Has had ankle problems.

Projected role: The backup to Jamal Lewis.

Chad Williams

Position: Safety.

Round: Sixth, 209th overall.

Size: 5-9, 207.

School: Southern Mississippi.

Hometown: Birmingham, Ala.

Career statistics: Finished with 303 tackles, 10 sacks and 15 stops for losses. Caused six fumbles.

Quote: "I think he will be able to impact us right away as a guy who can play down in the box, and you'll be able to see his impact on special teams," Newsome said.

Strengths: Regarded by some as the hardest-hitting safety in the draft. Quick feet, exceptional closing speed.

Weaknesses: Does not always time his jumps well.

Projected role: Will compete with Anthony Mitchell at one of the safety positions. Will be looked upon to produce in special teams.

Wes Pate

Position: Quarterback.

Round: Seventh, 236th overall.

Size: 6-3, 225.

School: Stephen F. Austin.

Hometown: Arp, Texas.

Career statistics: Completed 432 passes for 6,058 yards and 49 touchdowns.

Quote: "We needed another quarterback and felt like there was enough talent in Wes to invest our seventh-round pick in him," Newsome said.

Strengths: Tough competitor. Has decent mobility.

Weaknesses: Inaccuracy problems.

Projected role: Will compete to be the third quarterback.

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