Ravens' third-round selections

April 29, 2007|By EDWARD LEE | EDWARD LEE,Sun Reporter

Yamon Figurs

Pick -- 74th overall

Position -- Wide receiver

Size -- 5 feet 11, 174 pounds

School -- Kansas State

Hometown -- Fort Pierce, Fla.

Statistics -- Caught 73 passes for 1,144 yards and six touchdowns in 34 games for the Wildcats, for whom he started 29 games. Also averaged 11.5 yards on 48 punt returns and scored two touchdowns.

Quote -- "We've had a chance to spend some time with him on several different occasions, and he is our kind of guy. The personality he exudes on the field is very similar to guys that we've drafted in other years like Ed Reed, Ray Lewis." - Eric DeCosta, Ravens director of college scouting.

Strengths -- Excellent ability to change directions. Uses his field vision to patiently wait for blocks before turning upfield on returns. Good leaping ability to snare high passes. Recorded the fastest time in the 40-yard dash (4.30 seconds) at the NFL scouting combine.

Weaknesses -- Needs to bulk up. Must combat concerns about small hands which have led to fumbles. Struggles to catch ball over the shoulder.

Projected role -- Will provide team with a potential return specialist if B.J. Sams, who will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2007 season, decides to test the market.

Marshall Yanda

Pick -- 86th overall

Position -- Guard-tackle

Size -- 6-4, 304

School -- Iowa

Hometown -- Anamosa, Iowa

Statistics -- Registered 179 knockdowns in just two seasons with the Hawkeyes and paved the way for 22 touchdowns. Played guard and tackle as injuries took a toll on offensive line during his senior season.

Quote -- "He's a tough guy. He finishes. We love the demeanor." - Eric DeCosta, Ravens director of college scouting.

Strengths -- Good quickness and speed for his size and position. Active hands allow him to keep defender away from quarterback. Has a mean streak and takes getting beat personally.

Weaknesses -- Could add a few more pounds by improving his leg strength. Struggled at times with quicker pass rushers.

Projected role -- Will provide instant depth at the tackle position behind incumbents Jonathan Ogden and Adam Terry.

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