Ravens' second-day picks

April 28, 2008|By COMPILED FROM STAFF REPORTS WITH INFORMATION FROM NFL.COM

Tavares Gooden

Position: Linebacker

Chosen: Third round, 71st overall

College: Miami (Fla.)

Size: 6 feet 1, 233 pounds

2007 statistics: Led team with a career-high 100 tackles (60 solo), including three stops for losses, an interception and three pass deflections.

Strengths: Athleticism. Should be able to make his mark on special teams right away. Can play inside and outside.

Weaknesses: Before last season, he missed time with injuries in the previous three seasons.

Tom Zbikowski

Position: Safety

Chosen: Third round, 86th overall

College: Notre Dame

Size: 5-11, 210

2007 statistics: Had a career-high 80 tackles (42 solo) with a sack and two interceptions. He also returned 23 punts for 234 yards (10.2-yard average).

Strengths: A big-time playmaker. Has seven career touchdowns - two on interceptions, two on fumble recoveries and three on punt returns. Should make big contribution on special teams.

Weaknesses: Freelances too much in the secondary. Goes for the big hit or big interception, leaving the defense exposed.

Oniel Cousins

Position: Offensive lineman

Chosen: Third round, 99th overall

College: Texas-El Paso

Size: 6-4, 308

2007 statistics: Earned All-Conference USA first-team honors. Had 78 knockdown blocks and allowed just three sacks on 440 pass plays.

Strengths: Versatility. Has played both tackle positions and can play guard. Has a big upside because he's still learning to play on the offensive line.

Weaknesses: Experience. Played his first two seasons at UTEP on the defensive line.

Marcus Smith

Position: Wide receiver

Chosen: Fourth round, 106th overall

College: New Mexico

Size: 6-2, 221

2007 statistics: 91 catches, 1,125 yards, four touchdowns.

Strengths: Good size and speed, ideal for a slot receiver in the NFL. Also can play on special teams right away.

Weaknesses: Experience. Started his college career as a running back, so like Cousins, he's still learning how to play his position.

David Hale

Position: Offensive tackle

Chosen: Fourth round, 133rd overall

College: Weber State

Size: 6-6, 308

2007 statistics: His team's offensive line allowed just 12 sacks in 11 games.

Strengths: Size and experience. He's huge and has the frame to add pounds. Four-year starter at Weber State.

Weaknesses: Not very athletic and played against Championship Subdivision competition like first-round pick Joe Flacco.

Haruki Nakamura

Position: Safety

Chosen: Sixth round, 206th overall

College: Cincinnati

Size: 5-10, 190

2007 statistics: 85 tackles and four interceptions.

Strengths: Smart player who served as the defensive quarterback of the Bearcats. Led team to 10-win season. He's a sure tackler.

Weaknesses: Size. He might not be big enough to play safety in the NFL.

Justin Harper

Position: Wide receiver

Chosen: Seventh round, 215th overall

College: Virginia Tech

Size: 6-4, 198

2007 statistics: 41 catches, 635 yards, five touchdowns.

Strengths: Has prototypical size and speed but needs to be able to run in pads. Might have finally realized his potential with big senior season.

Weaknesses: One-year wonder at Virginia Tech. Is he the 41-catch guy from his senior year or the one who barely registered his first three seasons?

Allen Patrick

Position: Running back

Chosen: Seventh round, 240th overall

College: Oklahoma

Size: 6-1, 198

2007 statistics: Rushed for 1,009 yards on 173 carries in 13 games and scored eight touchdowns.

Strengths: Some scouts consider him the hardest runner among the backs available.

Weaknesses: Like some of the Ravens' other second-day picks, he came to Oklahoma at a different position (safety) before switching to running back. Still learning the position.

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