Game tape and statistics are part of the talent evaluation process, but watching a player practice and participate in drills can reveal even more about him as a competitor—and that’s what the combine gives scouts and executives.
You get to see every prospect run the same drill and compare players without the confounding factors of surrounding talent or scheme. With plenty of needs and a very deep draft class, the combine will be a critical step in the Ravens’ perfect offseason.
Part of the reason for Baltimore’s draft success is that they go into the process with an open mind and malleable opinions.
Preconceived player rankings don’t factor into the Ravens way, so you can be sure that anybody that stands out will be discussed by general manager Ozzie Newsome and the rest of his front office.
That said, there are some intriguing talents that the scouting staff will be watching closely. This slideshow will highlight some of the early-round prospects that will catch Baltimore’s eye as well as what the evaluators will want to see from each future NFL player.
Note: All prospect heights and weights are courtesy of NFL.com.