The 2019 NFL Scouting Combine began in Indianapolis Feb. 26, and the nation's top football prospects have their opportunity to showcase their skills in front of teams and fans alike. NFL Network analyst and former Ravens college scout Daniel Jeremiah joined
Glenn Clark Radio
Feb. 19 to talk about potential Ravens targets and other local players.
Oklahoma's Marquise Brown
(5-foot-10, 170 pounds) is a cousin of Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown. He transferred to Oklahoma from a junior college in California and put together back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. Brown won't participate in the combine after suffering a foot injury, but Jeremiah has him listed as the 13th-best prospect in this year's draft class and
calls him a "DeSean Jackson clone."
"... He won't run or test anything before the draft," Jeremiah said. "But he's plenty explosive and I think he'll still be gone by the time [the Ravens are] on the clock."
Iowa State's Hakeem Butler (6-foot-6, 225 pounds) is a receiver with an interesting back story. Butler grew up in Baltimore but moved as a teenager to Texas, where he lived with future Kentucky basketball stars Aaron and Andrew Harrison. Butler features big-play ability (more than 1,300 yards and nine touchdowns in 2018) but also carries concerns about his hands.
"… When I really studied him, I just didn't see quite the juice that I was looking for, and I thought he struggled a bit at the top of his route when he had to get in and out of the break point," Jeremiah said. "He's not a player without flaws, but the size you can't coach, the ball skills you can't coach. … I had him kind of pegged more in that third-round range, rather than the first-round range."
Ole Miss' D.K. Metcalf
(6-foot-4, 225 pounds) already sent the football world abuzz when
this photo surfaced
. The physically gifted wideout caught 12 touchdown passes throughout the past two seasons at Ole Miss and averaged more than 20 yards per catch in 2018. His season ended prematurely after just seven games due to a neck injury, but Jeremiah has him listed as the 16th-best prospect in this year's draft class.
"He is a vertical, dynamic dude," Jeremiah said. "It's going to be a sight to see when you see a dude that big roll like he's going to roll."
Florida State's Brian Burns (6-foot-5, 235 pounds) racked up 23 sacks during his three seasons with the Seminoles, including 10 in 2018. Jeremiah currently has Burns ranked 36th in this year's draft class.
"He is a tricky one because he's not a real powerful guy; he played in like the high 220s, although I've been told he's bulked up now and is going to be in the 240s at the combine, so we'll see how he carries that weight," Jeremiah said. "But he's probably got the best first step of any edge rusher in the draft. I just want to see him get a little bit bigger and stronger."
Florida's Jachai Polite's sophomore season in Gainesville, Fla., was cut short by an injury, but he returned in 2018 and broke out with 11 sacks. Jeremiah currently has Polite (6-foot-2, 242 pounds) ranked 21st in the 2019 draft class.
"He played at 240 pounds but he's carried 260 pounds previously. But he is really twitched up, very explosive," Jeremiah said. "They've got some power rushers and they've been effective collectively as a group, but he would give [the Ravens] kind of that fastball off the edge. I think he would make a lot of sense if he were to get to them."
Delaware's Nasir Adderley (6-foot, 200 pounds) is currently ranked 33rd in Jeremiah's 2019 draft class rankings. Adderley had 87 tackles, four interceptions and broke up seven passes for the Blue Hens in 2018.
"I love everything about him in terms of just how instinctive he is and how tough he is," Jeremiah said, citing Adderley as a potential replacement if the Ravens decide to move on from Eric Weddle. "You can count me in; I think he kind of fits the Ravens. We talked about, when I was there: speed, toughness, instincts. He definitely fits all three of those."
Maryland's Darnell Savage Jr. (5-foot-11, 200 pounds) turned heads with his playmaking ability in the secondary for the Terps. He started 37 games throughout his four-year career in College Park, Md., making 182 tackles and intercepting eight passes. Jeremiah compared Savage to a former Raven.
"He reminds me a little bit of Jim Leonhard -- somebody who is always just kind of around the ball, buzzing around," Jeremiah said. "So to me I definitely think there's a role for him as somebody that you can drop down and play him in the nickel. He's a blitzer, he's going to be a great special teams player. I gave him a grade that kind of puts him in that third- or fourth-round range, but I think he's a really good football player."
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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics