NFL teams meeting with individual players are a significant part of the draft process. These meetings can happen at the NFL Scouting Combine, pro days, the Senior Bowl, the East-West Shrine Game or a private workout.
For fans following the process, these meetings are sort of like poker tells for the draft, as they indicate what positions a team could be focusing on. Do teams draft players they haven’t met with? Yes, they do. It happens all the time (like Lamar Jackson), but they have often spoken to other players at that position.
Who have the Baltimore Ravens met with so far? Check out the list at WalterFootball.com.
So far, teams have had access to players at the East-West Shrine Game, the Senior Bowl and at the Combine this week. The Ravens met with Miami inside linebacker Shaquille Quarterman at the East-West Shrine Game. Let us get to know him better.
Tale of the Tape:
Weight: 234 pounds
Strengths: Here comes the boom, ready or not. Quarterman is a big hitter and sure-handed tackler who takes solid angles toward ball-carriers; has a very high football IQ; a true leader on the field; plays with a competitive intensity you love to see in the middle of the field.
Areas For Improvement: Coverage skills are not his forte; can cover shallow routes but gets lost when asked to head farther away from the line of scrimmage (think C.J. Mosley in coverage); lateral movement needs to improve; classic two-down inside ‘backer.
Other Notes: An All-ACC performer for four straight years, including first-team honors in 2018 and 2019; first true freshman to start at middle linebacker for Miami since 1998 (Dan Morgan); only Hurricane to ever start 52 games throughout his college career without missing a single start.
Draft Projection: A fourth- or fifth-round selection is the range for Quarterman, likely to a team running a 4-3 scheme.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Miami Athletics