Ravens To Scout Safeties Today

Baltimore may have a need for backups in this deep secondary.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Sunday, February 26th, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Categories: 2012 Scouting Combine, Combine, Ryan Mink

It’s Day 4 of the NFL Scouting Combine and the final in which players meet with the media.

Last up are the defensive backs, and the Ravens may be specifically looking at safety.

The Ravens will return starters Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard, but Tom Zbikowski and Haruki Nakamura are both unrestricted free agents.

Fans will be interested in hearing from the following players:

FS/SS Mark Barron, Alabama
Senior; 6-foot-1, 223 pounds
Widely seen as the top safety in the class, the Alabama co-defensive captain is an instinctive ball-hawker and a strong tackler. He’s big, rangy and has proven production with 12 career interceptions. He can likely step into a secondary right away and is considered a mid-to-late first-round pick.
Biggest question: Would Ravens go safety in the first?

FS/SS Harrison Smith, Notre Dame
Senior; 6-2, 212
Baltimore could replace Zibby with another Golden Domer. Smith is bigger than Zbikowski and has speed to boot. Smith logged seven interceptions in his junior season, but didn’t have any outside of that in almost four complete years as a starter. He’s a vocal, smart leader.
Biggest question: Is he a fluid athlete?

SS Antonio Allen, South Carolina
Senior; 6-1, 202
Allen was a playmaker in his senior year, nabbing three interceptions, forcing four fumbles and recovering three. He’s a lean, athletic player who could be molded into a solid special teams player. Allen’s an energetic leader by example.
Biggest question: Can he pick up a pro system?

SS Cyhl Quarles, Wake Forest
Senior; 6-2, 208
Charles is a high-character player who works hard in the weight room and has special team experience, which would make him a useful backup. The late-round prospect is an aggressive and well-proportioned athlete who made 101 tackles for the Demon Deacons last season.
Biggest question: Could he become a starter?

FS/CB Brandon Hardin, Oregon State
Senior; 6-3, 222
A large, versatile prospect who is a big hitter and still fast enough to cover, Hardin is expected to fall into the mid-to-late rounds because he missed all of last season with a broken shoulder. He played in the East-West Shrine Game and his pre-draft workouts will be essential to his stock.
Biggest question: Is he healthy?

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