Anyone happen to see the work put in by the Maryland boys yesterday?
No, I’m not talking about the Terps hoops team. Gary Williams’ crew lost last night to yet another top-50 RPI team, this time down in Chapel Hill, N.C. Barring a shocking run in the ACC Tournament, we’ll unfortunately have another March without Maryland in the Big Dance.
The Terps I’m talking about are wide receiver Torrey Smith and running back Da’Rel Scott, who both lit it up at the NFL Combine yesterday.
Smith, projected as a late-first-round pick and a possibility for the Ravens at No. 26 overall, ran the fourth-best time posted by a wide receiver yesterday. He posted a 4.43 in the 40-yard dash, a number which should solidify his first-round stock and make him the third or fourth wideout taken in the draft.
Scott isn’t expected to come off the board until Day Three of the draft, but he made some noise in Indy, running a 4.34. That was not only the best time posted by a running back, but was .03 faster than anyone else who slid on the cleats yesterday.
A couple other guys who impressed me were Pittsburgh’s Jonathan Baldwin, who checked in at 6-foot-4, posted a 42-inch vertical leap (tops among wide receivers) and ran a 4.5 40, which is solid for a guy of his build; and Randall Cobb, the versatile wideout from Kentucky, who ran a 4.46 and showed nice hands and fluidity in drills.
Both guys have also been mentioned as possible targets for the Ravens.
Meanwhile, there is some news about a current Raven to pass along. The Ravens have reportedly put a second-round restricted free agent tender on inside linebacker Jameel McClain, which pretty much guarantees that the former undrafted free agent will be back in Baltimore next season.
For another team to sign McClain, they would need to give the Ravens a second-round pick as compensation. If the Ravens had put the low tender on McClain, he could have been signed by another team without compensation.
McClain started 15 games for the Ravens last year, and the coaches like how he’s evolved as a player in his three years in the NFL.
Inside linebacker Tavares Gooden recently received a low-round tender, meaning the Ravens would receive a third-round pick if Gooden was signed by another team.
Oh, and by the way - Dontay Moch, the outside linebacker who I mentioned on Friday, just now unofficially ran a 4.45 at the combine. He also posted a 42-inch vertical leap.
That 4.45 isn’t exactly the 4.2 that some were projecting him to run, but it still comes from a 248-lb. linebacker. Watch out for this kid.