Speed. Strength. Athleticism. All will be on display in Indianapolis at the NFL Combine, and millions of dollars are at stake. A player can lose millions thanks to a slow 40 time or a poor bench-press performance.
Some players will wow the scouts, though, rocketing up draft boards. The Baltimore Ravens will be sure to pay attention to both such players.
Every day of the combine will offer new intrigue for the Ravens.
On Saturday, Ozzie Newsome and Co. will be sure to check out the many offensive linemen to be had. The Ravens have a gaping hole at left tackle and they need more depth across the board. Expect the Ravens to play close attention.
The next day will see the Ravens focus largely on the receiving corps. The offensive skill positions will be on display on Sunday, but the Ravens are set (hopefully) at quarterback and running back. They could always use another weapon in the receiving corps, though, so be sure to check out some of the fastest players in the draft.
Monday will be perhaps the most important day for the Ravens. The defensive linemen and linebackers will be on display, and the Ravens have big needs at both positions. They had a sieve at nose tackle all season, while their linebackers struggled in coverage and in run defense. The Ravens could also use a boost to a pass rush that didn't produce a double-digit sacker in 2012.
Finally, Tuesday will see the defensive backs work out. The Ravens could use both cornerback depth and a talented young safety, so again, this will be a position of priority.
Every day of this combine, the Ravens will be checking on a multitude of prospects. They're going to end up drafting several of them. Get a head start on the NFL draft by watching the combine, and focus on these players. The Ravens will definitely be doing just that.