In his latest mock draft, Todd McShay of Scouts, Inc. says of the Ravens, “[they] are are one of the wild cards in the top 10. They will take the best available talent even if he doesn’t fit a need, and odds are none of the available players at their need positions will be worthy of the eighth overall pick.” His best guess at this point is that our purple and black will now go with Ryan Clady, OT, Boise State.
OT | (6’6″, 317, 5.15) | BOISE STATE
Strengths: Displays excellent initial quickness and overall agility for his size. Very effective pulling and getting out on second-level as a run blocker. Gets adequate hand placement and has above-average balance. Can seal the edge when asked to reach defenders lined up over outside shoulder. Gets set quickly in pass pro. Has very little trouble with speed rushers. Can mirror and slide versus double moves. A natural knee bender. Extends long arms once in position and can ride edge rushers past the pocket when he gets his hands on them. Plays under control and appears comfortable when left on an island. Gets into defenders legs when goes low and is an effective cut blocker. Works from the snap until the whistle and looks to throw blocks downfield.
Weaknesses: Does not show great lower body strength and is going to have problems driving defenders off the ball in short-yardage situations. Lacks ideal explosiveness, hasn’t learned how to roll hips into blocks and fails to knock many defenders back at the point of attack. Occasionally will get beat by inside quickness. Needs to learn to set while staying more balanced. Can be overaggressive, lunges a little too much and is vulnerable to push-pull moves. While shows adequate awareness in pass protection and helps out when nothing comes to him, over commits at times and has some problems picking up delayed blitzes. Big enough to hold ground but bends at the waist rather than the knees and is going to have some problems holding ground working against NFL caliber bull rushers. Can get jumpy when defenders start jumping around before the snap and he’s vulnerable to false starts.
Overall: Clady redshirted in 2004. In his first active season at Boise State (2005), he made 11 starts at right tackle. In 2006 he moved to left tackle, where he was the starter in all 26 games over the next two seasons. He was a second team All-America selection in 2007. Like a lot of young offensive linemen, Clady needs to get stronger and sharpen his technique. However, he clearly has the frame, quickness, agility and work ethic to quickly develop into a quality starter at left tackle in the NFL. Clady projects as a mid-first round pick, as a result.
Assuming McShay gives the Ravens the same “needs” that we fans have this offseason, namely CB, QB, DE/LB, his forecast of Clady is a bit puzzling. He thinks Leodis McKelvin will fall to the Bills at #11, while Matt Ryan and Glenn Dorsey will already be off the board. Is it that much of a stretch for the Ravens to take the 11th best overall player with the 8th overall pick? Especially if it addresses a glaring need? If Ozzie & Co. deem that it, in fact IS too much of a stretch, we see them looking to trade down rather than making a choice like Clady. He must be impressing at workouts, since his scouting report (above) written after last season had him forecasted as a mid-first round pick, not a top 10. His weakness of “getting jumpy when defenders start jumping around before the snap,” and being “vulnerable to false starts,” are also troubling to us. Pre-snap movement on defense is becoming par for the course in today’s NFL, and don’t the Ravens have enough trouble with stupid false starts as it is without bringing on another happy feet lineman? Not to mention the fact that we think the Ravens are pretty set for the next few years on the OL. No, Todd, we don’t think our Ravens will be choosing Ryan Clady. Even if it would be cool to have on our squad a guy that was in the “hook-&-ladder, statue of liberty” game.
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