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Iowa State’s Hakeem Butler (6-foot-6, 225 pounds) is a receiver with an interesting back story. Butler grew up in Baltimore but moved as a teenager to Texas, where he lived with future Kentucky basketball stars Aaron and Andrew Harrison. Butler features big-play ability (more than 1,300 yards and nine touchdowns in 2018) but also carries concerns about his hands.
”… When I really studied him, I just didn’t see quite the juice that I was looking for, and I thought he struggled a bit at the top of his route when he had to get in and out of the break point,” Jeremiah said. “He’s not a player without flaws, but the size you can’t coach, the ball skills you can’t coach. … I had him kind of pegged more in that third-round range, rather than the first-round range.”
Maryland’s Darnell Savage Jr. (5-foot-11, 200 pounds) turned heads with his playmaking ability in the secondary for the Terps. He started 37 games throughout his four-year career in College Park, Md., making 182 tackles and intercepting eight passes. Jeremiah compared Savage to a former Raven.
”He reminds me a little bit of Jim Leonhard -- somebody who is always just kind of around the ball, buzzing around,” Jeremiah said. “So to me I definitely think there’s a role for him as somebody that you can drop down and play him in the nickel. He’s a blitzer, he’s going to be a great special teams player. I gave him a grade that kind of puts him in that third- or fourth-round range, but I think he’s a really good football player.”
The Ravens depth chart is well stocked with versatile hybrid safeties including Anthony Levine, DeShon Elliott and Chuck Clark. Baltimore should be in the market for a rangy type who can excel in single high coverage while coordinator Martindale dials up blitzes.
Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma
While Ford played right tackle for the Sooners in 2018, many evaluators are eager to see him move inside, where they think he could dominate. His weigh-in will feed that perception. Ford measured 6 feet 3 3⁄4 inches with 34 inch arms, which is just below the typical length threshold for an offensive tackle on most NFL teams. At 329 pounds, Ford’s bulk would definitely play well as a road-grading guard, too.
Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
There had been rumblings in the distance that Williams, lacking length, might face a move inside. While the lack of length didn’t hurt Williams as a unanimous All-American in 2018, it does put a damper on his draft stock. We now know the official answers: Williams measured 6’4 1⁄2” 302 pounds, with 10 1/8” hands and 33 5/8” arms. That won’t play at tackle for every team in the league.
Garrett Bradbury boosted his stock with 34 reps on the bench press. Fellow center Elgton Jenkins posted an impressive total of 29 reps considering his 34” arm length.
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D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss. Physically, Metcalf looks like more like Jadeveon Clowney than an NFL wide receiver, and his weigh-in does nothing to change our thoughts that he’s the No. 1 wide receiver in this draft. If he runs well -- and the expectation is that he will -- he could be a top-10 pick.
Kelvin Harmon, NC State. Harmon is a lot like Metcalf -- a big, physical receiver -- but he’ll need a good 40-time to solidly his first-round status.
Riley Ridley, Georgia. Ridley might be the best route runner in this class, and add another plus to his resume: He has 10-inch hands. Like the other wideouts in this class, showing well in the drills will only improve his draft stock.
N’Keal Harry is an inch and a half shorter than advertised at 6’2-3/8”. Marquise Brown’s suboptimal 166 pound weight coupled with his LisFranc foot injury might raise durability concerns.