Ravens' draft picks

Nfl Draft

April 27, 2003|By Brent Jones

Terrell Suggs

Round: First, 10th overall

Position: Defensive end/linebacker

Size: 6 feet 3, 260 pounds

School: Arizona State

Hometown: Chandler, Ariz.

Career statistics: Suggs set a school record with 44 career sacks and 65 1/2 stops behind the line of scrimmage. Started 34 of 36 games, collecting 163 tackles, 14 forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, two interceptions and nine pass deflections.

Quote: "He and Peter Boulware can be a force. We will be able to put pressure on the quarterback." - Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome.

Quick notes: Set NCAA season record with 24 sacks in 2002. Was a high school running back. One of five children. Was a secondary education/history major. Thirty-four-inch vertical jump, 330-pound bench press.

Strengths: Explosive first step. Tremendous quickness coming from the outside. Relentless in pursuit and has exceptional pass rush ability. Great instincts and is agile enough to drop in pass coverage.

Weaknesses: May be a "tweener" (not big enough for defensive line, not fast enough for linebacker). Ran a slow 40-yard dash (4.78). Needs to improve against the run.

Projected role: Will compete with Cornell Brown to be a starter. Suggs will likely rush from defensive end in obvious passing situations.

Kyle Boller

Round: First, 19th overall

Position: Quarterback

Size: 6 feet 3, 230 pounds

School: California

Hometown: Newhall, Calif.

Career statistics: Completed 622 of 1,301 passes for 7,980 yards, 64 touchdowns and 48 interceptions. Gained 7,811 yards of total offense.

Quote: "Kyle Boller is someone, as you look across the board at every measurement you have, he is the complete package." - Ravens coach Brian Billick.

Quick notes: Rated the No. 1 prospect in the nation by some publications coming out of high school. Was an American Studies major. Threw a ball from one knee through the goal posts from the 50-yard line.

Strengths: One of the strongest arms in the draft. Great speed and elusiveness. Good leader.

Weaknesses: Has a low career completion percentage. Only had one good year in college.

Projected role: Will compete with Chris Redman to be the starter.

Musa Smith

Round: Third, 77th overall

Position: Running back

Size: 6 feet 1, 232 pounds

School: Georgia

Hometown: Elliottsburg, Pa.

Career statistics: Rushed for 2,202 yards and 19 touchdowns on 454 carries. Started 18 of 31 games. Caught 27 passes for 187 yards.

Quote: "He is a starting running back in this league, and we got him in the third round." - Eastern college supervisor Terry McDonough.

Quick notes: Became 11th player in school history to rush for over 2,000 career yards. Runs a 4.58 in the 40-yard dash.

Strengths: Powerful runner. Protects the ball. Had only one fumble last year. Hits holes with no hesitation.

Weaknesses: Lacks breakaway speed. Has an injury history.

Projected role: Will compete with Chester Taylor to be the backup to Jamal Lewis.

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