The courting of potential UDFA’s is well underway with scouts and coaches around the league contacting the players they hope to get a chance to sign after the draft. The Baltimore Ravens have sent a quick 25-second video which features a message from head coach John Harbaugh to a number of players.
Several sources tell me the number one target for the Baltimore Ravens in round one is tight end Eric Ebron, a player they’ve coveted for quite some time. Could Ebron slide to the 17th pick? I was told earlier this evening the New York Giants maybe souring on Ebron due to many of the personality red flags we’ve reported on this site since November. The other obstacle for the Ravens are the Pittsburgh Steelers, a team we’ve mentioned several times as a suitor for Ebron.
I’m told to expect the Ravens to grab a running back by the time the fourth round closes out. Two names I’ve heard connected with the team for a while are Jeremy Hill of LSU in round two or possibly Terrance West in the fourth frame. Hill has been drawing rave reviews from scouts for his underrated pass catching skills. The Tennessee Titans and Atlanta Falcons are another pair of teams hot after Hill.
If the New Orleans Saints look for a safety late in the draft I’m told there’s a distinct possibility it will be Jonathan Dowling of Western Kentucky, whom they view as the perfect compliment to Kenny Vaccaro.
A number of teams think there’s a real chance Shayne Skov goes undrafted this weekend. As one director of college scouting said, “He’s a good guy but slow with major medical red flags. The whole (pre-draft) process has hurt him.”