KapronThe Ravens selected DL Kapron Lewis-Moore, 200th overall in the 6th round of the NFL Draft to stock depth on the defensive line. The second player selected in the sixth round by the Ravens is center Ryan Jensen out of Colorado State-Pueblo with the 203rd overall pick.

The first pick, Lewis-Moore, twice had his seasons ended by knee injuries. He’s currently recovering from a torn ACL suffered in the National Championship game against Alabama last year. Lewis-Moore had surgery three months ago but is bringing his rehabbing along slowly with this second knee injury.

At 6’4″, 300 pounds, Lewis-Moore was a defensive captain for the Notre Dame squad and a three-year starter but injuries slid him to the sixth round. Before the injury, Lewis-Moore recorded 40 tackles, six sacks, and two forced fumbles during the 2012 season.

Drafting Lewis-Moore shows that the Ravens know he has talent and GM Ozzie Newsome remains optimistic that if Lewis-Moore – who contests he could be back and participating by August or September – could contribute anything to the 2013 season, it would be a plus.

Yet another pick where the Ravens love the versatility of the player in addition to being a high-character, leader who is physically strong and can play both the three and five technique positions well. Lewis-Moore would see time at DE in the Ravens 3-4 system with his size, but he’ll need time to fully recover from his knee injury as they team likely stashes him as he builds up strength and tries to regain some explosiveness lost with those injuries.

He’s an intriguing prospect, no doubt about it and with him recovering from the injury, the Ravens could place him on the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list during training camp.

 

jensenThe other six round selection, Ryan Jensen, comes from the small school in Pueblo, Colorado, two hours south of Denver and will compete with Gino Gradkowski at center for the Ravens.

Jensen, at 6’4″, 317 pounds brings nice size to the offensive line for the Ravens as he makes the shift to the interior after playing at the tackles in college.

He caught the eye of Ravens officials at the Colorado State Pro Day last month and by other NFL scouts during the pre-draft period.