The Ravens were notably a big fan of Noah Spence, and word before the draft was Noah Spence a lock for the Ravens at 36th overall. Clearly we know now that the Ravens were not in play for Spence, and instead traded down twice to rack in even more picks to unload on day three of the draft. A pure statistical analysis here player against player. Noah Spence vs. Kamalei Correa.
First to note, the size of both linebackers:
Arm length: 31 5/8"
Weight: 243 lbs.
Hands: 9 3/8"
Arm length: 33"
Weight: 251 lbs.
Hands: 10 3/4"
Clearly Noah is the bigger product here. Arm length, weight, and hand size all larger than Kamalei Correa. Good thing we all know size isn't everything...
|Competition||Kamalei Correa||Noah Spence||Victor|
|40 yd. Dash||4.69 sec||4.80 sec||Kamalei|
|225 Bench||21 reps||25 reps||Noah|
|Vert Jump||33.0 inch||35.0 inch||Noah|
|Broad Jump||108 inch||121 inch||Noah|
|20 yd shuttle||4.18 sec||4.35 sec||Kamalei|
|3 cone drill||6.96 sec||7.21 sec||Kamalei|
They are both great for different reasons, and both can be appreciated for their specific skill-sets. In this instance, after taking everything into account, the Ravens did an amazing job numbers-wise. They received two extra picks, and then selected the faster player.
Another positive on this selection, Baltimore selected the player with no off-field issues. Kamalei Correa didn't get kicked off Ohio State for his addiction to Ecstasy, Noah Spence did. For this reason, tie goes to the player without issues. Almost the same story in round 1 with Ronnie Stanley and Laremy Tunsil. Baltimore took the same skilled measurement, but why take the possibly troubled player and select the clean sheeted individual off the field?