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As Pro Days wind down, potential Ravens prospects rise and fall

In a predraft process without the laser-timed certainty of the NFL scouting combine, Pro Days got a lot more interesting this past month. Partly because they got faster.

With players getting unofficial times in events like the 40-yard dash, every big-name Pro Day seemed to produce a prospect (or three) with absurd measurables. Look at the Ravens’ big board, and you’ll probably find blazing-fast wide receivers, explosive edge rushers and well-built offensive linemen.

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As Pro Days wrap up this week, here are nine prospects at positions of need who helped their stock with strong performances — and three who might’ve slipped.

Rising

Mississippi WR Elijah Moore

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Moore broke Tennessee Titans star A.J. Brown’s school record for receptions (86 for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns) in just eight games last season. Then he showed he deserves Day 1 consideration with his eye-catching speed and quickness. At 5 feet 9 and 178 pounds, he ranked in the 90th percentile or better among wide receivers in the 40-yard dash (4.35 seconds), 20-yard shuttle and three-cone drill.

Moore’s stock has soared in recent months, and he almost certainly won’t be available in the third round. Despite his smaller stature, which will likely keep him from an outside-receiver role early on, he could be a dark-horse option late in the first round.

LSU WR Terrace Marshall Jr.

Ja’Marr Chase was the headlining wide receiver at the Tigers’ Pro Day, but Marshall might have stamped his ticket to the first round. He ran a 4.38-second 40-yard dash, matching Chase’s time and showing he has the speed to stretch NFL defenses. Last season at LSU, Marshall spent most of his time as a big slot receiver, using his 6-foot-2, 205-pound frame to catch 48 passes for 731 yards and 10 touchdowns in seven games.

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Marshall has been linked to the Titans at No. 22 and the Ravens at No. 27, but other projections have him going as late as the end of the second round.

Michigan WR Nico Collins

After opting out of last season, Collins helped his draft stock with a Pro Day reminiscent of Miles Boykin’s 2019 NFL scouting combine performance. At 6-4, 215 pounds, Collins posted a 4.43-second 40-yard dash, 6.71-second three-cone time and 4.32-second 20-yard shuttle. The 6-3, 220-pound Boykin’s numbers: 4.42 seconds, 6.77 seconds and 4.07 seconds, respectively.

Collins, who led the Big Ten with 19.7 yards per catch in 2019 (37 receptions for 729 yards and seven touchdowns), has long been considered a borderline Day 2 pick. But his size, speed and big-play potential could land him higher than Boykin’s No. 93 draft slot.

Offensive lineman Quinn Meinerz of Wisconsin–Whitewater (71) runs a drill at practice for the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Jan. 27, 2021.
Offensive lineman Quinn Meinerz of Wisconsin–Whitewater (71) runs a drill at practice for the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Jan. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)

Wisconsin-Whitewater OG/C Quinn Meinerz

One of the draft’s highest-rising prospects, the 6-3, 320-pound Meinerz showed his ability at the Senior Bowl and his athleticism at his Pro Day. His marks in the vertical jump, broad jump, 40-yard dash (4.86 seconds), 20-yard shuttle and three-cone-drill were all above the 90th percentile for interior offensive line prospects.

Meinerz, who didn’t have a 2020 season because of the coronavirus pandemic, was a trendy mid-round pick ahead of his breakout Senior Bowl, but the Division III All-American has found himself in the second round of some recent mock drafts. He played left guard for the Warhawks but could be better off at center in the NFL.

Oklahoma C Creed Humphrey

Humphrey didn’t allow a sack over three seasons with the Sooners, according to Pro Football Focus. Then he put together what Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley called “one of the more impressive individual Pro Day workouts I’ve seen.” Humphrey’s shuttle-drill time was faster than wide receiver Jerry Jeudy’s at the 2020 scouting combine, and his marks in the vertical jump, broad jump and bench press would’ve ranked among the best at his position last year.

Centers rarely go early in the draft, and Humphrey’s range in mock drafts speaks to that uncertainty. In some projections, he’s off the board in the early 20s. In others, he’s still available entering the third round.

Alabama OT/OG Alex Leatherwood

Leatherwood started at left tackle in 2019 and 2020 for the Crimson Tide, but his best days at the next level might be at guard, where he started his college career. Either way, his athletic testing impressed. Leatherwood recorded a 4.96-second 40-yard dash (94th percentile among tackles), a 98th-percentile wingspan, a 98th-percentile vertical jump and a 99th-percentile broad jump. He didn’t partake in any agility drills.

A deep tackle class will likely keep the 6-5, 312-pound Leatherwood out of the first round, but he’s expected to be taken in the second.

Miami EDGE Jaelan Phillips

Already one of college football’s most productive pass rushers — he ranked sixth in the Football Bowl Subdivision with 15 ½ tackles for loss and had a team-high eight sacks in 10 games — Phillips stole the show at the Hurricanes’ Pro Day. Among edge rushers, he ranked in the 90th percentile in broad jump, the 93rd percentile in the 40-yard dash (4.56 seconds) and the 96th percentile in the 20-yard shuttle.

At 6-6, 260 pounds, Phillips is considered a first-round lock, with some recent mock drafts having him taken as early as No. 11, and others picking him to fall past the Ravens.

Penn State EDGE Jayson Oweh

Want to make people forget about a 2020 season that was teeming with potential but lacking in pass-rush production? Put together a freakish Pro Day. Oweh ran a 4.36-second 40-yard dash, posted a 134-inch broad jump and finished the three-cone drill in 6.83 seconds — all marks in the 98th percentile or better for edge rushers.

The 6-5, 257-pound Oweh ended his Nittany Lions career with just seven career sacks over three seasons, including none last year. But with his immense athletic potential and run-stopping ability (6 ½ tackles for loss last season), there’s little chance he makes it to the second round.

Texas EDGE Joseph Ossai

Ossai didn’t partake in any agility drills at the Longhorns’ Pro Day, but he left no doubt of his explosive traits, posting a 41 ½-inch vertical jump and nearly 11-foot broad jump, elite numbers for an edge rusher. He also ran a 4.65-second 40-yard dash at 6-4, 256 pounds.

A converted off-ball linebacker, Ossai tied for third in the FBS with 16 tackles for loss and led Texas with 5 ½ sacks in nine starts last season. He could be an option for the Ravens late in the second round, but he could move up to the top-50 range before long.

Miami's Gregory Rousseau, right, celebrates with Trevon Hill after a sack against Louisville during a game at Hard Rock Stadium on Nov. 9, 2019 in Miami, Florida.
Miami's Gregory Rousseau, right, celebrates with Trevon Hill after a sack against Louisville during a game at Hard Rock Stadium on Nov. 9, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Falling

Purdue WR Rondale Moore

Moore’s performance at the Boilermakers’ Pro Day didn’t disappoint. He posted a 4.29-second 40-yard dash and a 42 ½-inch vertical, and while he didn’t do the bench press for scouts, he shared a video of him putting up 24 reps. But his height was hard to ignore: 5-7. That’s in the first percentile among wide receivers.

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Moore’s size isn’t disqualifying, but it will probably keep him out of the first round. And it could knock him behind another small speedster, Elijah Moore, in the second round.

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Michigan OT Jalen Mayfield

Considered a potential late-first-round prospect, Mayfield didn’t wow with his workout numbers. At 6-5, 326 pounds, he ran a 5.31-second 40-yard dash, posted below-average numbers for a tackle in the broad jump and 20-yard shuttle and didn’t do the bench press.

If it wasn’t already clear, the Wolverines’ Pro Day showed that Mayfield’s future is likely at right tackle, the less glamorous of the bookend positions. He’s shown enough on tape that he could still sneak into the first round, but a fall to the middle of the second round isn’t out of the question.

Miami EDGE Gregory Rousseau

Rousseau looked the part of a future star in 2019, when he finished behind only Chase Young in the FBS in sacks (15 ½). But he opted out of the 2020 season and didn’t create much buzz at his Pro Day. The 6-7, 266-pound Rousseau wasn’t especially explosive (4.69-second 40-yard dash, 30-inch vertical jump) or especially strong (21 repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press).

His size, versatility and first step still might be enough for an NFL team to take him in the first round, but Rousseau seems more and more likely to be selected after Phillips, his fellow Hurricanes pass rusher.

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