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."
PFW has launched its brand-new NFL Draft Newsletter series, with the second issue now ready for mailing and a third issue focusing on underclassmen to be published in the next few weeks. Produced by PFW's player personnel department under the direction of Nolan Nawrocki, the series consists of four information-packed issues. For more info or to subscribe — click here for PDF e-pub or here for print format. You can also find details about other draft-related publications in the PFW store.