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, Senior Bowl and Combine. The Ravens met with Michigan offensive tackle Jon Runyan Jr. at the East-West Shrine Game. Let’s get to know him better.
Tale of the Tape:
Weight: 320 pounds
Strengths: High football IQ; very competitive and tough in the trenches; does well in space.
Areas For Improvement: Needs to get stronger in his lower body; must improve his hand placement and his work against speed rushers.
Other Notes: Son of former NFL left tackle Jon Runyan; started every game at left tackle for Michigan in 2018 and was named first-team All-Big Ten; has experience playing guard for Michigan as well.
Draft Projection: Fifth- or sixth-round swing tackle/guard prospect. His best position in the NFL will probably be guard. I see upside with him.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of U-M Athletics