Draft Review: Rounds 4-7

Dev Panchwagh breaks down the Ravens' second day selections.

Fourth Round: Jarret Johnson, DE, Alabama

Positives: Always hustles. Johnson has a non stop motor and plays with a high level of intensity and drive. Unlike Moorehead and King, Johnson's former Crimson Tide teammates, Johnson was a consistent player throughout his career. Has a nice blend of athleticism and power. Johnson uses a nice array of moves to beat offensive tackles off the edge. Has the body to play end in a 3-4 scheme. Although he's not a special talent, Johnson is an all-around solid lineman who will work his tail off to make a play.

Negatives: Not extremely quick. Doesn't have great speed to turn the corner. Johnson will need to do a better job of using his leverage at the next level, to hold up at the point of attack. Is a tweener without a defined position.

Overall: Johnson held tremendous value out of the fourth round. Before the draft, he was pegged to be selected between the second and third round. Although Alabama's most consistent defensive lineman is a player without a position for most teams, because he lacks the quickness to play end or the bulk and power to play tackle, he perfectly fits the mold of a 3-4 defensive end.

Grade: A+

Fourth Round: Ovie Mughelli, FB, Wake Forrest

Positives: Is strong at the point of attack. Is an aggressive, dominant blocker who posses nice vision. Once he gets his hands on his target, he'll drive them backwards. Mughelli is big enough to take linebackers head on and clean them up. Is an underrated running back that can provide a fix in the short-yardage area.

Negatives: Isn't a polished receiver and is just an isolation blocker for the most part who will give you the most out of that one dimension of his game. Mughelli doesn't have the moves to elude tacklers as a running back. He's a bit stiff.

Overall: In Mughelli, the Ravens may have drafted another Sam Gash clone. The thing is; Mughelli is a bigger player. Although he brings little to the table as a receiver and a running back, Mughelli is a dominant isolation blocker who will pave the way for the running back he is blocking for.

For the Ravens, this is exactly the type of fullback they need to fuel their straight ahead rushing attack.

Grade: B

Fifth Round: Aubrayo Franklin, NT, Tennessee Positives: Is a perfect fit for the nose tackle position. Franklin is a phone booth player who is tough to move. He has a squatty build which should enable him to win leverage battles. Franklin does a nice job of fighting off blockers and is refining his technique.

Negatives: Is a raw player who lacks experience as a starter, and will need some time to develop. Lacks great quickness and moves. Franklin is a stationary player who doesn't move that well laterally.

Overall: Franklin is the type of player who slipped through the cracks because he doesn't have the pass rushing skills to make an impact. However, for the nose guard position, he's a nice fit.

If defensive line coach Rex Ryan can hone Franklin's skills, the Tennessee defensive tackle could become a starter a year from now.

Grade: B+

Fifth Round: Tony Pashos, OT, Illinois

Positives: Is a huge, massive player. Has a strong upper body and a long wingspan. As a run blocker, Pashos can dominate when he gets himself into the proper position. He also has the strength to handle the bull rush and will be able to wall off defensive ends in the running game. Pashos is a smart, committed player who plays with a mean streak.

Negatives: Doesn't have great footwork. Lacks ideal athleticism to slide in pass protecting situations. Pashos tends to get overextended at times. He is not capable of pulling, trapping, and blocking in open space. He'll have trouble handling elite edge rushers in the NFL.

Overall: Although Pashos is a right tackle who needs some work to improve his pass blocking skills, he's got the size and strength to anchor the position or even develop into a guard.

The Ravens drafted Pashos two rounds later than he should have gone off the board. In a year, Pashos could take over for Orlando Brown as the starting right tackle.

Grade: A

Sixth Round: Gerome Sapp, S, Notre Dame

Positives: Is instinctive. Is a sure tackler in the open field who wraps up well. Sapp is physical and will play close to the line of scrimmage. Displayed nice hands and was able to make plays to disrupt the passing game in his senior season.

Negatives: Doesn't have very good speed to cover sideline to sideline. Sapp lacks the ability to backpedal fluidly and although he's physical, he doesn't have the great size to fill the hole and take on bigger backs consistently.

Overall: The Ravens didn't have a strong need to draft a safety, but Sapp has nice value out of the sixth round. He should contribute as a special teams player, if he makes the team. In all likelihood, though, Sapp seems destined to become a practice squad player.

Grade: C+

Seventh Round: Trent Smith, TE, Oklahoma

Positives: Is an athletic, quick tight end. Is a reliable pass catcher who rarely drops a pass and can break free from press coverage. Has excellent speed and should be a legitimate deep threat in the NFL. Smith is a force after the catch that will breaks tackles to gain positive yardage.

Negatives: Smith lacks solid blocking skills, and great power.

Overall: The Ravens committed grand larceny by drafting Trent Smith out of the seventh round. He was a sure fire fourth or fifth round pick that fell due to his poor blocking skills, but as a pass catching threat, Smith is one of the best out of the draft class.

You could call Smith a poor man's Todd Heap who will present a deep threat on the other side of the field that opposing safeties and linebackers will have to worry about covering.

Grade: A+

Seventh Round: Mike Mabry, C, Central Florida

Positives: Mabry has nice quickness, is agile and can pull in the running game. Has nice upper body strength and he gets into his stance quickly. Is a solid pass blocker who uses proper technique to keep defensive tackles extended.

Negatives: Isn't a very big player, weighing less than 300 pounds. Mabry will trouble blocking bigger, stronger defensive tackles in run blocking situations. He will also have a tough time handling the bull rush and will get knocked backwards off of his stance.

Overall: Mabry is a finesse blocker who doesn't fill any sort of need and has poor value out of the seventh round. With this pick, the Ravens should have opted to draft a guard like Torrin Tucker instead, because he has the potential to become a starter.

It's unlikely that Mabry makes the Ravens' roster.

Grade: D

Seventh Round: Antwoine Sanders, S, Utah

Positives: Sanders is a ball hawk who moves well laterally. He has a great feeling for playing in zone coverage. He's got the range to cover an entire side of the field and he does nice job of reading keys. Is athletic and posses nice leaping ability.

Negatives: Lacks the hips to turn quickly. Sanders is not a strong run stopper. He will miss tackles at times and isn't extremely physical.

Overall: Sanders has the potential to become a starter in the NFL. Tabbed as a potential third or fourth round pick, he holds terrific value out of the seventh round.

Although the Ravens don't need a safety at the present moment, Sanders is someone who the team can groom to take over the starting free safety position a year or two from now.

Grade: A


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