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Baltimore Ravens: 2017 NFL Combine Players to Watch

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The Baltimore Ravens 2016 campaign left an empty feeling in the gut of fans and members of the organization alike. The defense was fantastic against the run and in total defense, but there was more to be desired when it came to stopping the pass.

Baltimore needs a receiver to be a dependable playmaker, especially with the retirement of Steve Smith. But, there are more glaring needs on the defensive side of the ball. With an infusion of youth to the defensive backfield, Baltimore will have a stalwart defense that can be the backbone of the team.

Ravens’ Combine Prospects

Sidney Jones – Cornerback – Washington

Jones was incredibly productive in college, totaling 9 interceptions in his 3 seasons at the college ranks. Jones also forced five turnovers in his final season alone. The biggest concern with NFL Network’s Mike Mayock top rated corner, is his size. Measuring at 6’0″ 180 pounds, Jones has to prove his ability to cover the NFL’s larger receivers. Baltimore desperately needs a young, talented corner to compliment, or even fill in, for the oft injured Jimmy Smith.

Jamal Adams – Safety – LSU

Baltimore would need several strokes of luck for Adams to fall to them at 16, but with several teams having more pressing needs, it is definitely possible. Adams is an instinctive, knowledgeable, playmaker, who would be a fantastic compliment to Eric Weddle. Adams was able to put together an impressive 76 tackle, 7.5 tackles for loss, and an interception. The biggest question for Adams is his hands, after dropping several interceptions he will look to prove his sure handedness in the ball drills.

Jabrill Peppers – Athlete – Michigan

Pepper is a talented and versatile athlete who has the ability to play several positions, but hasn’t shown the ability to excel at them. Spending time at corner, linebacker, and safety in college, Peppers only tallied one career interception which may be a red flag to some teams. Peppers will likely play safety or a Deone Bucannon like linebacker role. Peppers will need to prove that wherever he plays, he will be a difference maker.

Taco Charlton – Pass Rusher – Michigan

Charlton is an intriguing prospect who put together a solid senior season with 40 tackles, 13 for a loss, and 9.5 sacks. Being a long bodied and athletic pass rusher, Charlton has the tools to succeed in the NFL. The knock on Charlton is his inconsistent play, but Baltimore can look to get an honest report out of head coach Jim Harbaugh.

T.J. Watt – Pass Rusher – Wisconsin

Watt’s career will be difficult because he will be compared to older brother, J.J. T.J. putt together a junior season comprising of 63 tackles and 11.5 sacks. The biggest concern is his injury history. 2016 was the only season in which Watt was 100 percent and productive. The medical exam portion of the combine will make or break his draft stock.