Ravens' coaches get close look at Senior Bowl prospects

Posted Jan. 28, 2010 @ 4:37 p.m.
Posted By Mike Wilkening

The Ravens made just six draft picks in 2009, but they found two key contributors with bright futures. OT Michael Oher looks like a future star, and Lardarius Webb was playing like the club's best cornerback before a season-ending knee injury. What's more, there is hope that OLB-DE Paul Kruger will develop into a consistent pass-rushing threat. The Ravens, who have drafted consistently well throughout GM Ozzie Newsome's tenure, have the added advantage this year of their coaches being able to see Senior Bowl prospects in person after having coached in the Pro Bowl instead a year ago. "It's just like college recruiting," Ravens defensive coordinator Greg Mattison told PFW at the Senior Bowl. "If you can go out to that high school and watch the kid firsthand and see him physically with his pads on, doing drills, then when you look at the film, it all goes together, and that's what this has allowed us to do."


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