QB Joe Flacco (1), LB Tavares Gooden (3) are projected starters in 2009. Guard Davis Hale (4) RB Ray Rice (2), DS Tom Zbikowski (3), DS Haruki Nakanura (6), should contribute as back ups while WR Marcus Smith (4), OT Oniel Cousins (3) were major disappointments and will need to raise their game.
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I never heard of a player that was looked upon so negatively as Oher in recent years. People constantly questioned his motivation, toughness and ability to finish, but on virtually every tape viewed, this player was absolutely dominant. Kruger plays extremely hard and physical. I love his playing character! Webb is a little assassin at the safety position who should flourish out on a wing. Phillips is another solid player (no surprises) who should contribute early as a special teams player. Davan Drew is just a very good football player who really came on as a senior. A former quarterback, I really liked his athletic ability, body control and ability to roll his hips. Peerman is a hard runner with balance and some instincts, but doesn't have a lot of juice. Overall, I thought it was an average player draft with only one significant player upgrade (offensive left tackle).