ANTWAN BARNES FILE
Position: Outside linebacker
College: Florida International
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
Drafted: Fourth round, 134th overall
Size: 6-foot-1, 240 pounds
Speed: 4.45 seconds
Strength: Bench pressed 225 pounds 31 times
Career: All-Sun Belt Conference selection played defensive end and outside linebacker, registering 224 career tackles, a school-record 23 sacks and 57 tackles for losses along with six forced fumbles, intercepting two passes with both returned for touchdowns. He also blocked three kicks. He recorded a school-record four sacks against Middle Tennessee State last season.
Where he fits in: Should compete for playing time as a situational pass rusher at outside linebacker and contribute immediately on special teams.
Quotable: "We've had a lot of success with our defense with players who like to run and hit," director of college scouting Eric DeCosta said. "He's a very explosive guy. He should be a great special teams guy."
Hometown: Northport, Ala.
Drafted: Fourth round, 137th overall
Size: 6-foot-, 260 pounds
Speed: 4.92 seconds
Strength: Bench pressed 340 pounds
Career: Regarded as the top blocking fullback in the draft, McClain helped Alabama average123 rushing yards per contest last season while rushing for 64 yards on 11 carries and catching a career-high 20 passes for 175 yards and three touchdowns. He rushed for 170 career yards on 37 carries with two scores.
Where he fits in: Slated to compete with Justin Green for starting fullback job vacated by Ovie Mughell's departure. Could contribute in red-zone and short-yardage as well as special teams. Capable of playing H-back, too.
Quotable: "McClain at the Senior Bowl clearly was an excellent player, knocking people around as a fullback," director of college scouting Eric DeCosta said. "He reminded the scouts of Ovie. We think he's got the potential to eventually make it as a starter at some point in his career with us. He can catch the football and he gives us versatility on offense that we haven't had."
TROY SMITH FILE
College: Ohio State
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Drafted: Fifth round, 174th overall
Size: 6-foot, 225 pounds
Speed: 4.71 seconds
Strength: Bench presses 340 pounds
Career: Heisman Trophy winner went 25-3 as a starter, completing 62.7 percent of his throws for 5,720 yards, 54 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. As a senior, he completed 65.3 percent of his passes for 2,542 yards for 30 touchdowns and six interceptions. Stumbled badly in the Fiesta Bowl, completing just 4-of-14 passes for 35 yards with one interception and was sacked five times during 41-14 national title loss to the Florida Gators.
Where he fits in: Slated to be the third-string quarterback and learn behind starter Steve McNair. Should probably make the roster.
Uncertain whether he represents quarterback of the future due to his substandard height.
Quotable: "Critics are going to be there for the rest of my life," Smith said. "In a lot of ways, it makes people stronger. My whole life, I've been fighting that battle and it's turned out positive right now. I'm going to continue to stay the course."
PRESCOTT BURGESS FILE
Position: Inside linebacker
Hometown: Warren, Ohio
Drafted: Sixth round, 207th
Size: 6-foot-3, 240 pounds
Speed: 4.55 seconds
Strength: Bench pressed 225 pounds 19 times
Career: Registered 171 career tackles, four interceptions, four sacks, 10 1/2 tackles for losses with two forced fumbles and fumble recoveries apiece. Named All-Big 10 Conference honorable-mention last year as he finished with 48 tackles and three sacks, including National Defensive Player of the Week and Big Ten Conference honors against Notre Dame.
Where he fits in: Will try to make team as a reserve inside linebacker and unseat veterans Mike Smith and Dennis Haley for special-teams duty while learning defensive scheme behind starters Ray Lewis and Bart Scott.
Quotable: "Prescott has got size, he runs well, he's a thumper, he can blitz, he can play in coverage and we like his versatility," director of college scouting Eric DeCosta said. "At the Senior Bowl on the special teams tape, he's one of the guys flying down the field to make plays. He's one of the standouts in that regard and hopefully he can make his mark with us that way."
Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times in Westminster, Maryland.
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