Fifth Round: Roderick Green, OLB, Central Missouri State
Positives: At 6'2, 245 pounds, Green is a classic tweener who should be an outside linebacker in the Ravens' 3-4 scheme. Green has excellent straight line speed, clocking in with a time of 4.55 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He's got a quick first step, initial burst, and the closing speed to run plays down from the backside. Green also has the ability to move well laterally. Despite playing at an undersized weight, Green did a nice job of sustaining leverage, and keeping his pads low in college.
Negatives: Although Green has some experience playing at the outside linebacker position, he doesn't have enough experience to make the seamless transition just yet. Green will have to learn how to drop back, shuffle his feet, and trail the receiver in open space. Also, Green will have to add to his pass rush moves, relying less on his pure speed to get to the quarterback.
Summary: In Roderick Green, the Ravens got one of the more talented defensive players out of the draft. In fact, scouts have compared Green to a Division II version of Terrell Suggs, which tells you how much potential Green possesses. If Green can handle coverage responsibilities, and can contribute on special teams, he has an outside chance of making the roster.
However, given the Ravens' tremendous depth at the linebacker position, there seems to be a better chance that Green will be placed on the practice squad.
Also, Green is a bit of a project, so it will take some time before he makes any sort of contribution to the team. The Ravens would have been better off drafting for depth at the offensive line or defensive back positions with this pick.
Sixth Round: Josh Harris, QB, Bowling Green
Positives: Although he's not that tall, Harris is a strong quarterback that is tough to bring down in the open field. He possesses an over the top delivery, and has decent arm strength. Is an accurate passer in the intermediate area, and can throw the ball just as accurately while he's on the move. Harris has the speed and athleticism to gain yardage as a runner in the open field.
Negatives: Lacks experience at the position. Harris needs to be more patient when going through his progressions, and learn to stay in the pocket longer instead of taking off to get outside of the pocket. Needs to refine his throwing mechanics, and could stand to improve his accuracy on deep throws. Will need to prove that he can operate outside of a Shotgun formation.
Summary: The Ravens made the right move when they drafted Josh Harris. Harris is an accurate quarterback that runs well. He's got the ability to be a playmaker in the NFL.
Clearly, Harris will fill a need as the third string quarterback. And with Kyle Boller and Anthony Wright ahead of him on the depth chart, Harris won't be pressured into playing time right away.
The other plus about having a quarterback like Harris is his skills closely match those of Wright and Boller. If both of those players were to go down due to injury at any given time, then the coaches wouldn't have to adjust their offensive game plan to accommodate Harris.
Sixth Round: Clarence Moore, WR, Northern Arizona
Positives: At 6'5, Moore has excellent height and a long wingspan. Moore shows a good burst when he gets into and out of his cuts. He doesn't waste any motion. In general, Moore is a sharp route runner. Does a nice job of placing his hands in front of his body to catch the ball. For his size, Moore has deceptive speed and can get behind defensive backs. He does a nice job of locating the ball while it's in air, and then grabbing that ball before a defender has the chance to knock it away from him. Also possesses a 34-inch vertical leap, which allows him to get to a higher point when vying for jump balls.
Negatives: Although Moore is tall, he doesn't have the weight to properly support his frame. He can definitely stand to add another 15 pounds. He could also stand to gain more toughness when working the middle of the field. Also, Moore will need to develop into a more efficient run blocker.
Summary: The Ravens got an absolute steal in Clarence Moore, who has been selected to the All-Big Sky conference team three times during his college career. Moore simply doesn't possess many weaknesses in his game, especially in the technical areas, and he has an upside.
With his size, Moore should become an ideal red zone target for the Ravens, taking some of the pressure off of Todd Heap. Look for Moore to challenge for the fourth or fifth receiver position on the roster. If he develops his game, Moore has the chance to be a good starter in the NFL.
Seventh Round: Derrick Abney, WR, Kentucky
Positives: Simply put, Abney is the best punt/kick returner out of this draft class. His attainment of five NCAA Division 1A records as a kick returner can attest to that fact. Abney has outstanding speed (clocked in with a 4.3 time in the 40), explosiveness and elusiveness to generate big plays in the open field. As a receiver, Abney is a fluid route runner who does a nice job of selling his routes. He also has sure hands, and he's got the speed to gain separation on deep routes. Despite lacking ideal size, Abney is a tough player and a willing blocker.
Negatives: Clearly, at 5'9 170 pounds, Abney lacks the ideal size to be anything more than a situational receiver, although he has the power to break tackles. He'll have trouble getting open against bigger corners that can stalemate his release at the line of scrimmage.
Summary: The Ravens needed to add a solid return man desperately, and they have seemingly filled that hole by drafting Derrick Abney. Abney is a home run hitter that also possesses good awareness when fielding punts/kicks. These are attributes that the Ravens have lacked from the position since losing Pro Bowl specialist Jermaine Lewis during the 2001 off-season.
In fact, if Abney makes this team as the primary kick and punt returner, he may end up having more of an impact for the Ravens than any other rookie that the team acquired through the 2004 draft.
Abney also has the chance to make an impact as a situational receiver who would be used on screens and reverses.
Seventh Round: Brian Rimpf, Offensive Tackle, East Carolina
Positives: Rimpf is a player with a nice combination of size and quickness. Known for his pass blocking prowess, Rimpf is quick off the snap, uses his hands well to gain inside positioning on opponents, and rarely sets up in a poor stance. As a run blocker, Rimpf does a nice job of moving his man backward, and he has the quick feet to get to the second level.
Negatives: Lacks some toughness, and the mean streak to finish off blocks. Tends to play too high when run blocking, and he lacks some flexibility. He also lunges at the man he is blocking, and his balance can be thrown off if a stronger defender gets his hands in-between his shoulder pads.
Summary: The fact that Rimpf was still available in round seven is a major surprise, considering that he was projected as a first day pick at one point once the college football season had commenced. At worst, Rimpf should have gone in the early part of day two, which makes his acquisition a steal.
Rimpf is a player who has performed at a pretty high level throughout his college career, containing solid pass rushers like Dwight Freeney and Julius Peppers in certain instances. That said, Rimpf's stock dropped because he ran a poor 40 time, and didn't wow the scouts during off-season workouts.
For the Ravens, Rimpf has the chance to develop into a starting tackle or a starting guard down the line if he can improve his technique, and take better advantage of his size in run blocking situations. In the immediate future, Rimpf will have to battle other lineman for the chance to earn a job on this team.