Other Ravens Picks

NFL draft

April 30, 2006

Second round

Chris Chester

Overall pick: 56

Position: Guard-center

Size: 6-3, 302

School: Oklahoma

Hometown: Tustin, Calif.

Career stats: Started his college career at tight end. Caught two passes for 25 yards and one touchdown in 2002. Switched to offensive line as a senior. Had five touchdown-resulting blocks in 2005.

Quote: "What he did in the combine and all-star games did nothing but help his stock, and his maturity increased. We see a guy with tremendous potential long term to develop into an outstanding NFL lineman," said Eric DeCosta, Ravens director of college scouting

Quick notes: Started six of nine games last season. ... Played tight end, defensive end and fullback in high school. Also played basketball and threw the discus.

Strengths: Big upside, lots of athleticism and quickness for interior lineman. Good body control.

Weakness: Injuries (knee, hand) hampered his college career. Needs to improve lower-body strength.

Projected role: Backup interior lineman who will push Jason Brown.

Third round

David Pittman

Overall pick: 87

Position: Cornerback

Size: 5-11, 182

School: Northwestern State (La.)

Hometown: Gramercy, La.

Career stats: Has four career touchdowns (three interceptions, one blocked field-goal return). In 10 starts, he totaled 36 tackles, nine passes broken up and one interception.

Quote: "You can't take away his athleticism. It doesn't matter what school you came from. We're expecting great things from him," said Rex Ryan, Ravens defensive coordinator.

Quick notes: Only Division I-AA player at the Senior Bowl, which brings in the top 100 college players. ... Played the entire 2004 season with a dislocated elbow. ... Has been compared to Bears cornerback Nathan Vasher.

Strengths: Spunky attitude and plays hard in run support. Has good hands and puts himself in position to make the play on throws. Great work habits.

Weakness: Thinly built. Gets caught guessing and will bite on second moves. Didn't compete against top-notch receivers.

Projected role: Nickel back (playing slot receiver as fifth defensive back).

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