In this post, I preview Saturday’s big game, and Marvun gives version 3.0 of his mock draft.
Kentucky Football is a thing. This Saturday, at 3:30 p.m., Kentucky plays the most important game in the program’s not so storied history, hosting No. 1 Mississippi State. Ravens scouts will without a doubt be paying attention to this game, and two prospects will command attention.
On the Kentucky side of things, outside linebacker Alvin “Bud” Dupree will be the feature. Standing at 6-4, 267 pounds, he features the quick first step and closing speed coveted in pass rushers. Where Dupree separates as a prospect is in his polish. I believe him to be a better prospect than Clemson’s Vic Beasley. Dupree flashes violent hands. They come in use when he shows off his inside swim, rushing from the left, faking outside and coming inside.
I’ve even seen him recreate Reggie White’s fame “hump” move, lifting the tackle off his feet. Dupree is still filling out his frame. Ten extra pounds of muscle could possibly be added without him losing any of his explosiveness. He can be overwhelmed against the run, but that is not unlike most young pass rushers and can be worked over, if the promise of improvement is in the near future. Dupree reminds me of an all too familiar player, Baltimore’s very own Terrell Suggs, albeit a younger, hence not quite complete version.
The Ravens could pursue Dupree to immediately replace Pernell Mcphee if the latter prices himself out of Baltimore, and perhaps to eventuality replace either Suggs or Elvis Dummervil.
On the opposite sideline at 6-4, 245 pounds, stands linebacker Benardrick McKinney. One of the most interesting prospects in the upcoming draft, I did not peg McKinney as either “inside” or “outside” linebacker since his development in the NFL could go either way.
McKinney is physical and extremely instinctive, though he can look lost in space. He isn’t a natural when dropping into coverage. He has outside linebacker length and could potentially add to a defense in the pass rush department. A more athletic Lawrence Timmons would be my present comparison though Mckinney is a unique player.
A linebacker corps of Arthur Brown, C.J Mosley and Benardrick McKinney would be devastating. The perfect combination of physicality, athleticism and instincts.
Marvun22′s latest mock draft
Round 1: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State. We all would love one more CB to fill out our core. With Jimmy Smith as Baltimore’s No. 1 and Lardarius Webb as the No. 2/nickel back, Waynes could serve well as a No. 3 (although he’ll play outside).
Round 2: Hau’oli Kikaha, DE/LB, Washington. He looks like a good OLB prospect to draft and has great pass rushing skills. He would have at least one year to develop before he’d have to make any major contributions.
Round 3: Justin Hardy, WR, Eastern Carolina. I love the pick here. He runs good routes, gets separation, isn’t afraid to be physical, and has good hands.
Round 4: Rory Anderson, TE, South Carolina. I certainly have doubts about Dennis Pitta right now. Rory Anderson has potential to be a good receiving TE.
Round 4 (compensatory): Karlos Williams, RB, Florida State. While he isn’t doing very good this year, he has good physical tools and could possibly develop into a complementary back. While some think the Ravens need a RB earlier, Kubiak has shown he can make RB’s out of nothing.
Round 5 (compensatory 1): Za’Darius Smith, DE/LB, Kentucky. Could be a complementary OLB.
Round 5 (compensatory 2): Hakim Jones, S, N.C. State. He’s a bigger safety, probably a natural strong safety. He could at the very least provide depth.
Round 6 (via Dallas): Darius Kilgo, DL, Maryland. Just some very solid DL depth.
Round 7 (via Miami): A.J. Tarpley, LB, Stanford. Some more ILB depth.