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Former Ravens Executive Phil Savage Analyzes Ravens' Offensive Draft Possibilities

January 22, 2018
After finishing the season with the NFL's 29th-ranked passing offense, the Baltimore Ravens will likely be keeping a close eye on offensive talent during the Senior Bowl.

The Senior Bowl will take place Jan. 27 -- nearly three months to the day before the first day of the NFL Draft. Executive director of the Senior Bowl and former Ravens director of player personnel Phil Savage joined Glenn Clark Radio Jan. 10 to discuss the quarterbacks and wide receivers Baltimore may look at, one being Washington State quarterback Luke Falk, who in 2017 became the Pac-12's all-time passing leader.

"The positives for Luke are that he's a taller quarterback," Savage said. "He's got an easy release; he's accurate with the football. The negatives are he's coming from a system that hasn't produced a ton of NFL quarterback success at the next level, and then he's not particularly mobile. He's more of a true pocket passer."

Savage likes Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph, who could be available after the first few rounds. Rudolph led the nation in passing yards last season (4,904) and was third in passing efficiency

"Rudolph has a big arm. He's a taller passer, sorter in the mold of Joe Flacco," Savage said. "Of course, the question is after Joe Flacco, what direction would the Ravens go philosophically? Do they want a quarterback with more mobility? Or one that would fit more in Joe's profile?"

During the Senior Bowl, it's rare for a quarterback to be throwing to his own wide receivers, but Rudolph will get that chance with fellow Cowboys Marcell Ateman and James Washington.

"Washington, he's got kind of a running back build, but he's got the ability to go over the top of the defense and underneath it," Savage said. "There is a ruggedness about his play because of his build that probably translates well to the NFL."

Both receivers posted 1,000 receiving yards in 2017, and for Washington, it was his third consecutive year doing so. Washington led the team with 13 touchdowns, five more than Ateman. 

"Marcell Ateman, he's one of those bigger, power-type receivers on the outside," Savage said. "The back shoulder fade, the red-zone type specialist that can go down between the hash marks and make the third-and -4 catch for 15 yards."

Savage said a talented receiver that may be flying under the radar is Braxton Berrios, a slot receiver from Miami. Berrios broke out in his senior year, posting career highs in nearly every statistical category, including reception yards (670), and nearly doubled his touchdown total (nine) from his previous three years combined. 

"He was critical to their coming out party this year," Savage said. "He's one of those players you can see how he fits in the NFL as a slot receiver, someone that can be productive in that regard [and] return punts."

Savage said SMU receiver Cortland Sutton is the guy to watch during the Senior Bowl. A deep weapon for the Mustangs, Sutton averaged at least 16.0 yards per reception in each of his past three seasons. 

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound prospect averaged 93.2 reception yards per game during his junior and senior years. 

"He's super talented and a big body," Savage said of the potential first-round pick. "[He] is kind of the prototype for the NFL."

For more from Savage, listen to the full interview here:


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