Podcast Episode 14: We can smell the regular season…Featuring Ebony Bird Site Expert Chris Schisler

Welcome to Episode 14 of the Charm City Bird Watch Podcast with site owner Jake McDonnell, editor Nolan McGraw, and author Ian Schultz.

To kick off Episode 14, we dove into the trade that sent Ravens linebacker Kamalei Correa to the Tennessee Titans for a sixth-round draft pick (4:17). Our Ravens segment is loaded with great stuff this week, including the following:

  • Recap of the Ravens’ 27-10 preseason week 4 win over the Miami Dolphins (7:58)
  • What an Idiot – Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso runs to the wrong sideline during the first quarter of Saturday’s game (12:06)
  • Injury discussion surrounding several Ravens rookies (15:50)
  • Who’s Trending (22:41)
  • What to watch for on Thursday night as the Ravens take on the Washington Redskins to wrap up the preseason (31:50)

Up next, the guys go over the Fantasy outlook surrounding the Ravens (35:07). Do the Ravens have any sexy Fantasy Football targets? Drafts are taking place this week and next week. Checking out this segment will help you out if you’re thinking about drafting anyone on the Ravens.

After the fantasy segment concludes, we welcome in Ebony Bird site expert Chris Schisler as this week’s guest (42:17). Jake spent a better part of the last two years writing and podcasting for Ebony Bird. Not only was it great for Jake and Chris to catch up, but they got into more preseason banter and talked about some bubble players and their chances of making the 53-man roster. You’ll also hear more about Jimmy Smith‘s suspension and the bigger world problems involved in it.

After Chris’s call-in, the Charm City Bird Watch crew moved on to the Orioles (59:40). Recently, manager Buck Showalter discussed Trey Mancini‘s ability to play first base. With Mancini and Chris Davis beginning to split time between first base and designated hitter, could the Orioles move on from Davis this offseason and hand the first base keys to Mancini? The guys ponder the probability of this scenario actually taking place.

To wrap up the show, we dive into our weekly numbers segment, taking a look at the best Ravens & Orioles players to wear the number 14 (1:09:36).

All of us at Charm City Bird Watch want to send a shoutout and thank you to Bloomsburg University graduate student Jake Hare for throwing together our new podcast intro! Hare is a good friend of McDonnell and we plan on using his voice more in the future for other podcast purposes!

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Ravens wrap up 2018 draft with five picks in last three rounds

Round 5 – pick #162 overall: Jordan Lasley – WR, UCLA

The Ravens were lined up to have the 152nd overall pick but traded back once again to give themselves an extra sixth round pick. Jordan Lasley joins Jaleel Scott as the newest members of the Ravens receiving core.

Lasley is a smaller target than Scott but has more speed. He spent all four years of his college career at UCLA but struggled to stay out of trouble while there. Lasley was arrested twice in 2016 for alcohol possession as a minor and presenting a fake I.D at a club. He also received a three game suspension in 2017 that put a damper on an otherwise impressive senior year. Lasley accumulated 1,264 yards and nine touchdowns in just nine games.

The potential is certainly there but there are also concerns surrounding his hands. Lasley dropped 21 passes between his junior and senior year and struggles to haul in passes away from his body.

Round 6 – pick #190 overall: DeShon Elliott – S, Texas

The Ravens continued to add to their already strong secondary by selecting DeShone Elliot in the sixth round. Elliott is coming off of a spectacular junior season where he picked up 63 tackles, nine pass deflections and three forced fumbles. The numbers are good but Elliot also received a great deal of accolades in his first season as a starter, including a first team All-American and All-Big 12 honors.

The Ravens don’t have a desperate need for a safety but Elliot was projected by many to go somewhere in the fourth or fifth round. Scouts note his physicality and tackling ability but also credit his football IQ and on field leadership. While playing at Texas, Elliot often took charge and got the rest of the defense lined up properly.

His strengths will likely make him most useful against the run and in the zone. Elliott has had trouble in one-on-one coverage but rarely misses a play in front of him.

Round 6 – pick #212 overall: Greg Senat – OT, Wagner

If you didn’t know who Greg Senat was before the Ravens selected him in the sixth round, you’re not alone. The 23-year-old offensive tackle comes from Wagner College, a small private school in Staten Island. Prior to football, Senat was a basketball player at Wagner. He made the transition after two years and started all 11 games for the Seahawks in 2016 and 2017.

Scouts note Senat has a lot of raw talent but his size could be better. Adding some muscle over the next few years will be necessary though if he wants to stay in the league. Veterans on the Ravens line like Marshall Yanda and James Hurst will be great mentors for Senat as he prepares to transition to the next level.

Round 6 – pick #215 overall: Bradley Bozeman – C, Alabama

Selecting a center in the sixth round is about as least flashy as you can get with a pick but Bradley Bozeman is a strong blocker with a good amount of experience in one of the top programs in the country, Alabama. He spent his senior season as one of the anchors on the Crimson Tide’s line, helping them capture another national title earlier this year.

You probably recognize him as the guy who proposed to his girlfriend on the field after winning the national title in January. Don’t let that be the only thing you like about Bozeman though. The new Raven is NFL ready with good core strength and the ability to adjust mid-play.

Round 7 – pick #238 overall: Zach Sieler – DE, Ferris State

Ozzie Newsome’s final draft pick as the Ravens general manager came late Saturday afternoon. Zach Sieler was selected from a division II school in Michigan called Ferris State. When scouts look at division II players, they want above average physical traits that allow them to dominate against their small school competition. That certainly applies to Zach Sieler who started his college career as a walk on and now becomes the first player drafted out of the school in program history.

In his final two seasons with the Bulldogs, Sieler racked up over 50 tackles for a loss and 26.5 sacks. The only thing working against him is his lack of experience against top-tier competition. Sieler will have to prove himself among an aggressive Ravens defensive line ,but who better to learn from than guys like Brandon Williams and Terrell Suggs?

Photo credits: Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images, Jay Janner / Austin American Statesman, @Wagner_Football on Twitter, Marvin Gentry / USA Today Sports, Ferris State Athletics