Ravens' picks

April 30, 2007|By EDWARD LEE

A look at the Ravens' second-day draft picks (information on Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith, picked in the fifth round, 174th overall, is on Page 1D).

Antwan Barnes

Round -- Fourth (134th overall)

Position -- Outside linebacker

Size -- 6 feet 1, 240 pounds

School -- Florida International

Hometown -- Miami

Career statistics -- Finished career with Golden Panthers as only the sixth player in school history with more than 200 tackles (224). In 45 games, started 38 - 21 at defensive end and 17 at linebacker. Owns school records with 23 sacks for minus-164 yards and 57 tackles for losses totaling 247 yards.

Quotable -- "We've had a lot of success with our defense with players who like to run and hit. And Barnes is a guy ... [who] is a very explosive guy. He was one of the guys we had targeted." - Eric DeCosta, Ravens director of college scouting.

Quick notes -- Has drawn comparisons to the Indianapolis Colts' Robert Mathis. ... Chose Florida International over offers from Miami, LSU and Michigan State.

Strengths -- Fast, agile pass rusher who can surge on the outside or avoid low blocks. Keeps his hands active to shrug off opposing blockers. Excels in backside pursuit of running backs.

Weaknesses -- Too light to be an every-down defensive lineman. Struggled at times on inside blitzes. Needs to control his emotions, which sometimes led to costly penalties.

Projected role -- Will be a situational pass rusher and provide depth at outside linebacker behind incumbent Jarret Johnson.

Le'Ron McClain

Round -- Fourth (137th overall)

Position -- Fullback

Size -- 6 feet, 257 pounds

School -- Alabama

Hometown -- Northport, Ala.

Career statistics -- In 48 games with the Tide, started 29. Carried 37 times for 170 yards, fumbling three times but got stopped behind the line of scrimmage only once. Caught 48 passes for 405 yards and eight touchdowns.

Quotable -- "At the Senior Bowl, this was a guy who was clearly an excellent player, knocking people around at fullback. He reminded the scouts of Ovie. We think he's got the potential to eventually emerge as a starter at some point in his career with us. He can catch the football and he gives us more versatility on offense that we haven't had." - DeCosta.

Quick notes -- Has been compared to the Carolina Panthers' Brad Hoover. ... Majored in human environmental sciences.

Strengths -- Solidly built blocker who can create havoc at the point of attack with his punishing style. Can pick up blitzes quickly, sliding his feet and meeting pass rusher with force. Can be an option on underneath passing routes.

Weaknesses -- Not fast enough to carry the ball in the running game. Too much bulk may impede his speed. Needs to keep hands active to prevent defenders from avoiding his blocks.

Projected role -- May contend with incumbent Justin Green for the starting fullback job.

Prescott Burgess

Round -- Sixth (207th overall)

Position -- Outside linebacker

Size -- 6 feet 3, 235 pounds

School -- Michigan

Hometown -- Warren, Ohio

Career statistics -- In 46 games with the Wolverines, started 20, recording 171 tackles (102 solo), four sacks and 10 1/2 stops for losses of 79 yards. Batted down 10 passes and had four interceptions, including returning one for a touchdown.

Quotable -- "I kept asking Eric [DeCosta] about this No. 6 [Burgess' jersey number at Michigan] that would flash. ... We felt like at this juncture in the draft, we could get a guy from a major school who played against quality competition that bring height, weight and speed to our defense." - Ozzie Newsome, Ravens general manager.

Quick notes -- Co-recipient of school's Outstanding Defensive Contributor Award. ... Bench-pressed 225 pounds 19 times at NFL combine.

Strengths -- Flexible, agile athlete whose motor seemingly never stops. Adept at dropping back in pass coverage. Has enough power to jam tight ends at the line of scrimmage and enough speed to cover them.

Weaknesses -- Needs to add more upper-body strength to take on bigger blockers. Struggles at times to absorb schemes and memorize the playbook.

Projected role -- Will be an instant contributor on special teams and add depth to the inside linebacking corps.

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