Senior Bowl practice begins on Tuesday in Mobile, Alabama. Former Baltimore Ravens director of college scouting Phil Savage is the Executive Director of the event, which showcases more than 120 college football prospects for the 2017 NFL draft.
Baltimore has drafted more Senior Bowl prospects (27) than any other NFL franchise since 2010. Four of their 2016 draft choices - Tavon Young, Maurice Canady, Kenneth Dixon and Bronson Kaufusi - participated in the Senior Bowl last year.
The retirements of Steve Smith Sr. and Zachary Orr, combined with ten unrestricted free agents create uncertainty for the Ravens at 13 of the 22 starting offensive and defensive positions. The Ravens scouts will be honed in to the Senior Bowl this week as they start on their daunting roster reloading task.
The Ravens could target these ten overlooked Senior Bowl prospects in the upcoming draft:
Josh Dobbs, QB, Tennessee
Dobbs is a dual threat quarterback who makes good decisions with the ball. His skill set is comparable to to Dak Prescott but his lack of downfield accuracy makes Dobbs a late round prospect. The Ravens should be in the market for a cost effective backup quarterback.
Donnell Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State
A homerun threat with a slight build, Pumphrey could bring the explosiveness John Harbaugh craves. He projects as an early Day 3 selection. His pass blocking this week will be important.
Amara Darboh, WR, Michigan
Darboh fits the possession receiver mold with strong hands and above average size. He would compliment the Ravens vertical receivers and should be available in Round 3.
Jon Toth, C, Kentucky
Dependable four-year starter has one of the best frames among center prospects. Quickness and understanding of leverage makes him a better fit in a zone blocking scheme. Could be a late round steal.
Forrest Lamp, G, Western Kentucky
Arguably the best guard prospect in the draft class, Lamp brings great versatility. He has quick feet, the strength to anchor and experience as an offensive tackle.
Chris Wormley, DE, Michigan
Wormley is generating buzz as one of the better defensive lineman prospects. At 6’5” 305, he has the prototypical size for a 5-technique in a 3-4 alignment. He is strong against the run and could earn a 2nd round grade if he displays improved pass rushing technique in one-on-one drills.
Deashon Hall, Edge, Texas A&M
The Aggies defensive end is hoping to prove he can play in space at the Senior Bowl. Hall is a good run defender but inconsistent pass rusher who benefitted from former superstar teammates Myles Garrett.
Duke Riley, LB, LSU
Riley is an undersized ‘backer who excels in pass coverage. He is expected to be a 4th round pick and could help the Ravens compensate for the loss of Zach Orr.
Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee
Sutton is flying under the radar in a loaded cornerback class. He is a press man corner with ball skills and returner ability. If he can overcome concerns about his physicality, he could provide excellent Day 2 value.
Rasul Douglas, CB, West Virginia
A likely 3rd round corner, Douglas is a big corner who posted eight interceptions last season. He reportedly boasts 4.5-second speed and could be drafted earlier than anticipated if he shows good agility in Mobile.