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Ravens prospects to watch during Saturday's Senior Bowl

One particular receiver could be on the Ravens' radar.

Jordan Matthews will be in Saturday's Super Bowl.
Jordan Matthews will be in Saturday's Super Bowl.
Joe Robbins

The Ravens have had a ton of success in evaluating players at the annual Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

Just a year ago, the Ravens scouted five players at the Senior Bowl (even though the majority of the brass was preparing for the Super Bowl) that wound up being drafted by the organization — Brandon Williams, Kyle Juszczyk, John Simon, Rick Wagner and Marc Anthony.

Lardarius Webb was a past Senior Bowl player that the Ravens were able to get a good look at.

Therefore, you'd think the Ravens will have their eye on some players this week with practices underway on Monday.

Here's a rundown on a few players that would fit what the Ravens are looking for:

WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt

A 6-3, 206-pound prospect, Matthews has shined at Vanderbilt the past three seasons. Each year he steadily improved, becoming one of the SEC's better receivers, unbeknownst to a national audience. As a senior, Matthews caught 112 passes for 1,477 yards and eight touchdowns.

In the BBVA Compass Bowl earlier this month, Matthews caught five passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Houston. He didn't have the luxury of having an NFL kind of quarterback to throw to, such as Georgia's Aaron Murray, Alabama's A.J. McCarron or LSU's Zach Mettenberger.

He did this with average quarterback play in a conference loaded with future NFL stars on defense. Imagine what Matthews could do at the next level?

S Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois

The Ravens are in the market for a safety and Ward fits the next-level bill of being someone suited for both strong and free safety.

As a senior, Ward finished with 77 tackles and six interceptions. He has big-game experience as Northern Illinois played Florida State in the 2013 Orange Bowl. However, he's just 5-11, which could cause the Ravens, among other teams, to think twice about selecting him.

But Ward has been a playmaker for the Huskies his entire collegiate career. The on-field measurables should outweight the factors a player can't control.

OT Seantrel Henderson, Miami

Henderson never lived up to hype he had coming out of high school, when he was regarded as one of the top prospects in the nation.

But Henderson still has some skill and had a decent senior season at right tackle, a position of need for the Ravens this offseason. He could be a project player at the next level, which is something Juan Castillo specialized in when he was coaching the offensive line in Philadelphia.

OL Zack Martin, Notre Dame

Martin is a versatile lineman that can play tackle or guard at the next level. The Ravens love versatile players at any position, so someone like Martin could be an intriguing prospect.

The Ravens have some decisions to make this offseason on the offensive line. Does Kelechi Osemele take over at right tackle? Does he stick at left guard? Whatever decision is made there, how will that impact the draft?

That's why the Ravens love drafting versatile players. It gives them the flexibility to move them along the line. It's why Martin could be someone the Ravens keep an eye on this week.

TE Arthur Lynch, Georgia

Lynch stepped into a bigger receiving role in 2013 after playing behind Orson Charles for two years and a loaded receiver corps in 2012. But he still only finished with 459 yards and five touchdowns as a senior at a program known for putting tight ends in the NFL.

That said, Lynch is a physical player that has excellent run-blocking skills. For the most part, he has good hands, though the Nebraska game tape would beg to differ.

Lynch has the ability to be a solid tight end at the next level. He would be worth a mid-to-late round pick, depending on how the draft works its way out.