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Getting to know our new Ravens

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While the offseason is not officially over(free agents are still on the market), I still want to do something like this....   

 

Note... I want to make this thread for the people that are new to the forum/fanbase and do not know much about the new players(or for some who are not as active).

 

So... I will be starting a series of one player a day with my personal input. I will give the background of each player(Combine results, draft pick they were, career stats{if any}).

 

I gave my grading scale on the "Pre Draft Grades" thread I made... Now, I want to see the scenarios for the new players.

 

By the end of all of this (all the rookie draft picks and FAs we got) I will then post the depth chart predictions.

 

 

So today I start off with new OLB/DE Elvis Dumervil.

 

I will catagorize them with the following stats

 

 

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Name: Elvis Dumervil

Position: OLB/DE

Scheme: 3-4 OLB, 4-3 DE

Pro Bowls: 3

All Pros: One... 2009

One time NFL sack Leader

 

Height: 5'11

Weight: 260

Draft Status: Picked 126 (fourth round) in the 2006 NFL draft

College: Louisville

 

40 Time: 4.68

 

Coming out of college, there was one knock on Dumervil. Size. 

He is very small for a LB, both in terms of height and weight. But what made him a dominant pass rusher was his technique. Yes, Elvis does not rely on sheer athletic ability, rather he will beat you with his technique one on one. His short stature also allows him to use his low center of gravity to rush the passer. Because of his technique, his above average athletic ability, and his low center of gravity, he is able to beat NFL OT's with relative ease.

 

This is one of the steals in FA for a huge reason. He's perfect for the hybrid and is a damn good compliment to Suggs. 

Having played both 3-4 OLB and 4-3 DE, Dumervil has experience getting to the QB. And he is almost as good at it as Suggs is. 

 

If Suggs comes back healthy. Look for this tandem "Doom and Gloom" to be wrecking havoc on opposing QBs in the NFL. The LB corps got that much better with pass rush. Expect us to be one of the league leaders in sacks. 

 

Weaknesses:

While he was a very good pickup. He is not a perfect player. 

 

He has two major weaknesses that I see in him.

  • He is a below average run Defender
  • Has missed one year of football with an injury.  

While not a terrible run defender(like Kruger was/is), he is not very good. But this will be a huge reason why he will rotate with young Ravens OLB Courtney Upshaw. Upshaw not only excels at stopping the run, he also has some pass rush ability. This makes not only the starting corps good, but the rotation is damn good too. 

 

He did miss 2010 with a torn pectoral muscle.

 

 

Conclusion:

This pickup will make our Defense that much better. A stud pass rusher, and more importantly a smart one, now joins us here at the flock. Suggs now has a dominant pass rusher to work with him, and now the OLB rotation is deadly. The Ravens struck gold and upgraded at the OLB position.

 

Highlights:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANKmNVUcBxg

 

Him vs Clevland 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUPPCrsPvHQ

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Watching that video, I noticed something I don't think I noticed before.
Dumerville is a very clean tackler.
Meaning, nothing dirty or harsh. He is not out to break anybody.
I like that.
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I'm guilty of totally forgetting about Elvis when it comes to our offseason moves. I think of all the great moves in FA and the draft and then I'm reminded that we got Doom too!! :D
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Name: Matt Elam

Position: FS/SS

Scheme: Any. He's that good

 

Height: 5'9

Weight: 205

Draft Status: Picked 32nd Overall in 2013 NFL draft.

College: Florida 

40 time: 4.54

 

Those of you who know me personally will know I am very happy with this pick. Yes, he is too small, but he packs a punch.

As soon as I saw tape of him for the first time, I thought to myself "The man(that's what he was among boys at Florida) plays like a Raven". He's a STUD, and reminds me a little bit of our old Safety Bernard Pollard.

 

The versatile Safety out of Florida excels in coverage unlike Pollard. He can hold his own with it. Many people say Huff struggles without his hard hitter. Well, he is that too.

He, like Fellow Ravens rookie Arthur Brown, look to be great leaders.

 

Weaknesses.

Size...

 

The only weakness of his game is what was obvious last year with Ed Reed. Size. 

As great as the sure fire future  Hall of Fame safety is, the last few years, Reed was afraid to tackle. This means, near the end we could see the same thing for Elam. 

Another weakness could potentially be his hard hitting ability. Godell might fine the hell out of him.

 

By the end of the season, we will not even remember Pollard.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYGfkStYhHA

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I don't think it's Reed's size that affected his tackling so much as near-career ending nerve/shoulder/hip injuries that he just plays through because he's Old School and for the love of the game.

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Jimmy Leonard was a small safety at 5'8" 188 lbs and played so well Rex Ryan signed him as a free agent for the Jets.

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I don't think it's Reed's size that affected his tackling so much as near-career ending nerve/shoulder/hip injuries that he just plays through because he's Old School and for the love of the game.

Exactly.

 

Ed was indeed afraid to tackle, but size had nothing to do with it.

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Jimmy Leonard was a small safety at 5'8" 188 lbs and played so well Rex Ryan signed him as a free agent for the Jets.

Leonhard has a pretty extensive injury history. He's been on two teams since leaving the Jets with a knee injury in 2011.
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Leonhard has a pretty extensive injury history. He's been on two teams since leaving the Jets with a knee injury in 2011.

Just answering another poster's comment about Elam's size, 5'9". Shouldn't be a factor in his production and Elam is about 20 pounds heavier,  Hopefully he'll be more durable.

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Leonhard has a pretty extensive injury history. He's been on two teams since leaving the Jets with a knee injury in 2011.



Being a fringe starter, he's played a lot of ST. I'm guessing that has taken a toll on his body.
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Ugh I just realized I can't imagine a DB combination without Ed Reed in the line-up. That is going to be weird

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will post video and picture later.

Name: Arthur Brown
Position: Linebacker
Scheme: 4-3 or 3-4; more familiarity with 4-3.
Height: 6-1
Weight: 110kg
Draft Status: 56th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft announced by HOF LT J. Ogden.
College: Kansas State #4, The University of Miami #11
High School: Wichita High School East #32
Combine: DNP
40-Yard Dash: 4.56, 4.66
Bench Press: 21 reps* (with shoulder injury)
Broad Jump: 116"
Workout Results: sensational; quick change of direction without losing momentum when altering angle of attack.

Strengths: excellent leader nominated team captain after transferring from Miami as a junior. Excellent instincts, nose for the football, true sideline to sideline Linebacker. Quick play diagnosis and read and reaction skills. Seems to display a knowledge of the play before the ball is even snapped, stepping in the direction of where the ball is going before or as the ball is snapped. Plays much, much larger than he is, able to hit as hard as anyone without expressing any emotion over it. Excellent use of hands to disengage and get off of blocks. Excellent coverage Linebacker who knows how to play they ball, can run with tight ends and wide receivers to prevent the play. A very smart Linebacker who can read the quarterback's eyes and very capable against the read option. A good Blitzer up the middle through the A-gap. A standout on an underwhelming Kansas State defense. A pretty sure tackler who wraps up very well and can even make one-arm tackles very well.

Weaknesses: size concerns, frame has some room to grow but not a lot, seems to be close to his ceiling but not quite there yet. Could have future injury concerns due to his style of play and the frame of his body. Not the biggest playmaker but appears to be more of a technician.

In my opinion, he will be an absolute monster for this team. I am not sure if he will be used to blitz or create turnovers but he will prevent completions on third down and help shutdown the run. In my opinion, I see his biggest impact coming from eliminating the read-option. I believe he and Elam will complement each other well and feed off of each other even though one is a linebacker and one a safety.
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I was going to do Canty today.... But I guess this is ok

 

I think Grim just really wanted to do Arthur Brown lol.

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I think Grim just really wanted to do Arthur Brown lol.

Yes. I messaged Irrelevant. I couldn't resist lol. Sorry if I stepped on anyone's toes.
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will post video and picture later.

Name: Arthur Brown
Position: Linebacker
Scheme: 4-3 or 3-4; more familiarity with 4-3.
Height: 6-1
Weight: 110kg

 

This is 'Merica!

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Yes. I messaged Irrelevant. I couldn't resist lol. Sorry if I stepped on anyone's toes.

 

The man-crush continues.

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Yes. I messaged Irrelevant. I couldn't resist lol. Sorry if I stepped on anyone's toes.

It's all good. But if anyone does Brandon Williams.... Someone dies
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Name: Chris Canty

Position: DE

Scheme: 3-4, 4-3

 

Height: 6'7

Weight: 317

Draft Status: Picked 132 Overall in 2005 NFL draft.

College: Virginia 

40 time: 4.94

 

Always considered in my mind to be one of the most underrated Dlinemen in the NFL, Chris Canty offers to be something we did not find last season. 

 

The replacement to Cory Redding...

 

Replacement.. He's an upgrade. He can stop the run, and rush the passer. And will allow the Dline rotation to be deadly.. Now we can move Ngata ANYWHERE.

 

(Changing topic)

 

Let me put it this way...

 

Our Dline depth is quite possibly the best depth in all the NFL.

Ngata(all pro. Best Dlinemen in all the NFL)

Chris Canty(savy vet. Jack of all trades master of none player)

Marcus Spears(one trick pony, but the one trick, which he is very good at, is damn important)

Terrance Cody(Has starting experience)

Art Jones(Underrated Beast)

Pernell Mcphee(great pass rusher and run defender)

Brandon Williams(unproven rookie who might become the starting NT)

 

The Ravens Dline should be nicknamed "The Avengers" Because that right there is a deadly team.

 

This, while not the "sexy aquisition" is quite possibly one of our most important. If you're going to allow Defenses to run 4.5 YPC on you... You will not win games.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEvB86r-ob4

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I think Canty is quite possibly the best signing we had this year.  He fits exactly what we need.  While Dumervil was a great signing, he's definitely a luxury.  Canty was a need in order to improve that dline.

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Let me put it this way...

 

Our Dline depth is quite possibly the best depth in all the NFL.

 

Seattle Seahawks...

Chris Clemons

Bruce Irvin

Cliff Avril

Brandon Mebane

Michael Bennett

Red Bryant

Jordan Hill

Jesse Williams

Tony McDaniel

 

It's not even close

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Seattle Seahawks...

Chris Clemons

Bruce Irvin

Cliff Avril

Brandon Mebane

Michael Bennett

Red Bryant

Jordan Hill

Jesse Williams

Tony McDaniel

 

It's not even close

AFC then.... Sure the texans have JJ watt but who else? 

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AFC then.... Sure the texans have JJ watt but who else? 

They got Antonio Smith but Bmore has more depth

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They got Antonio Smith but Bmore has more depth

They got tons of it... Seattle is more of a short term team though... They sign many players to short term deals.... Bennet will be  a FA next year correct? 

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They got tons of it... Seattle is more of a short term team though... They sign many players to short term deals.... Bennet will be  a FA next year correct? 

yep

But don't forget the young pieces they have in Irvin, Williams, Hill

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yep

But don't forget the young pieces they have in Irvin, Williams, Hill

Irvin is a headcase.... Good player, but will prob find himself in jail. 

Williams seems to have some injury probs... 

Hill is a really good player. 

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I think Canty is quite possibly the best signing we had this year. He fits exactly what we need. While Dumervil was a great signing, he's definitely a luxury. Canty was a need in order to improve that dline.

Agreed. I think it was definitely our most underrated move (besides locking up Joe which no one seems to care that much about). I'm really excited to see how he does for us.
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Seahawks,Bengals,Ravens.

That's how I'd rank them....If Ngata comes back healthy and in shape like I expect him too then that changes some things.
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Can't watch videos. -_-

And I'm pretty sure your not allowed to post them anymore!!? :P

That has to do with football actually :P

 

Awesome loophole. 

It's about a man crying over the NFL season being over. 

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But remember trading for Alex Smith would have been a much better option

IF YOU EVER BRING THAT UP AGAIN I SWEAR TO GOD...

 

 

Don't take me back to those times.....

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But remember trading for Alex Smith would have been a much better option

Wow omg I remember that! Lmao crazy raven fans
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Agreed. I think it was definitely our most underrated move (besides locking up Joe which no one seems to care that much about). I'm really excited to see how he does for us.

 

I think that's more because it was pretty much assumed Joe was going to be here.  Did anyone really question whether we would let him go?

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I think that's more because it was pretty much assumed Joe was going to be here. Did anyone really question whether we would let him go?

I questioned when we would get a deal done. If he had a 20 million cap hit this year because of the franchise tag that would've been horrible.

And the fact that the reining Super Bowl MVP got locked up long term is the biggest, most important news, by far this offseason.
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I questioned when we would get a deal done. If he had a 20 million cap hit this year because of the franchise tag that would've been horrible.

And the fact that the reining Super Bowl MVP got locked up long term is the biggest, most important news, by far this offseason.

 

Yeah it's definitely the most important signing this year.  I just think people kind of forget about it because there were very few that thought there was any chance he would leave.

 

With that being said, the best new addition to the team is Canty.  He fits exactly what we need.

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a montage of awesome quotes

 

“If Joe continues to play like this I think we will let him walk and rebuild” 

 

“I agree this is horrible. And for the guy not to show any emotions is what ticks me off. You can't throw a pick 6 for 95 yards and go to the sideline like it's no big deal.” 

 

“Eh.... I would rather put Dennis Dixon in

 

“Flacco is the best option we have, unfortunately

 

“but Joe Flacco is taking me back to the Kyle Boller days…JOE WACKO....excuse me, I mean FLACCO.  He is a disgrace to the position of quarterback.

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