Ravens Rookies: Third rounders Brooks and Gillmore

The Ravens were able to fill a large positional void on the roster with the first of their two third round picks. Terrence Brooks, free safety out of Florida State, was the second Seminole drafted by the Ravens last Friday after DT, Timmy Jernigan in the second round. Brooks was the fifth safety drafted. He’ll likely be the favorite for the starting free safety job when camp begins. Darian Stewart is his competition and has not proven to be a legitimate option at the position. The other safeties, Jeromy Miles, Anthony Levine, Omar Brown, Brynden Trawick, are pretty much special teams filler.

I like a lot of what Brooks brings to the table. He has decent size at 5’11”, 200 lbs. Expresses lateral quickness and fluid movement. Those are the scouting report clichés. Let’s go to the tape to see what I really like about him.

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Terrence Brooks (#31) is a fundamental tackler. He gets low and wraps guys up the way you are supposed to.

Brooks plays with a lot of tenacity and really attacks the football. He should have come up with the pick here.

Made up for it and came up with this one here

If you need any proof of Terrence Brooks reliable hands…

We know John Harbaugh loves his special teams. This might have been the play that sold the head coach on selecting Brooks.

Ozzie Newsome wanted a playmaker. We’ve seen the acrobatic interceptions. We have seen the hard hitting attitude. How about closing speed on the open field and creating a fumble. You got it.

Brooks has to have something wrong with his game for him to fall all the way to the third round, right? His aggressiveness can cause him to over pursue at times. In particular, it bit him twice down in the red zone.

Bottom line, there is more to like about Brooks than there is to not like. He, like Jernigan, comes from the best defense in college football last year, allowing just 12.1 PPG. Maybe Jernigan and Brooks together would be a good thing for both of them. Two rookie teammates, friends, pushing each other to higher levels.

With their compensatory pick in the third round, the Ravens selected TE, Crockett Gillmore. The pick confused some folks who are content with Dennis Pitta, Owen Daniels, and Matt Furstenburg vying for playing time. Problem is we don’t know if Furstenburg can make it after spending last year on the practice squad. Owen Daniels failed a physical after rehabbing from a broken leg that ended his 2013 season. His contract has no guaranteed money, so releasing him if he doesn’t have a good camp is not out of the question. Gary Kubiak likes this tight end and likes using dual tights. I don’t think he wants Pitta to end up being the team’s lone “real” tight end in a worst case scenario situation.

Tight ends were a hot commodity as Gillmore was the seventh one taken in the first three rounds. Only three more were taken in the remainder of the draft, and two of them were in round seven. The Ravens probably felt it was now or never when their pick came up and Gillmore was still available. It’s like a tight end run in a fantasy draft. Actually, it’s probably nothing like that…

Gillmore will be a nice complement to Dennis Pitta. He’s a decent run blocker, and a big target for Joe Flacco at 6’6”, 260 lbs. He’s a converted defensive end, made first team All-Mountain West, and saw his draft stock skyrocket after a strong showing at the Senior Bowl. So how does he look on tape? Here is proof the Gillmore (#10) can block. He does a nice job finishing his blocks with strong hands as he stays engaged in the block and drives his opposition to the turf…

…and again here

Here is an excellent example of where Gillmore’s size will play at the next level. Here he is on the seam route, one of Joe Flacco’s favorites. The undersized DB is no match as Gillmore high points the football.

Of course there has to be a reason why he was the seventh tight end taken. This here is not the best thrown ball, but could have been reeled in.

No excuse for this one here. But I will say that I like the crispness of the route itself.

Bottom line, Gillmore is a complement of Dennis Pitta, which is nice. His blocking ability should only aid much needed improvements in the running game. His hands might not be great, and he won’t do much after the catch. But his size will definitely play and can be a red zone nightmare for opposing defenses.

Gillmore has already agreed to a four year contract worth $2.906M and a $606,376 signing bonus.

Highlights courtesy of draftbreakdown.com

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Mike Randall  

Ravens Analyst

Mike was born on the Eastern Shore, raised in Finksburg, and currently residing in Parkville. In 2009, Mike graduated from the Broadcasting Institute of Maryland. Shortly after he started up a Baltimore area sports blog called The BOHpen. Mike became a Baltimore City Fire Fighter in late 2010.


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