The Raiders have reportedly scheduled a pre-draft workout with OT Steven Baker. TFDS' Guest Contributor Tyler Dickson has prepared this scouting report on the productive but relatively unknown Baker. For more of his thoughts on players, as we lead up to the 2012 NFL Draft, on Twitter @Raiderdraftnik
6'8", 310 lbs
Rocky Mount (Northern Nash HS)
Scouting Report: Size, strength, quickness and mobility consistently complimented a development rate which culminated with a starting and leadership role at the tackle position during senior campaign.
Enjoyed a rapid progression and adjustment to collegiate game after gaining eligibility status in the summer of 2008 and responded by contributing a top-tier special teams performance as a sophomore and junior before earning full-time status on the offensive unit.
Ex-Basketball player playing at Center and a shot-putter has great athleticism.
2011: Played in all 12 games as a senior and earned nine starts. Opened season as Grant Harner's backup at the right tackle slot before earning first collegiate start against North Carolina because of (Harner's) injury.
Impressive effort against Tar Heels forced coaches to find permanent role, thus was moved to left tackle where he opened the eight remaining contests.
Provided pass protection for quarterback Dominique Davis' program-record 417 yards against North Carolina(against top DE Quinton Coples and Donte Paige-Moss),which helped facilitate promotion.Also played key role in allowing Davis to set NCAA records for consecutive completions in a game (26/Navy) and season (36/Memphis and Navy), which enabled a single-game school-record 88.9 completion percentage against the Midshipmen.
Cited for standout play at Memphis, a contest in which the Pirates averaged 7.0 yards per play and 12.2 yards per completion on the way to a 524-yard outing.
Rush blocking execution helped ECU tally 12 ground touchdowns in the last seven games.
In a situation where a guy is "relatively unknown", why would a team schedule a visit like this ? Doesn't it tip other teams off and put him on their radar ? Or does it not really work like that, and teams basically know everything anyway? Im not a follower of college football, or much of a "draftnik", so Id be interested to hear people's thoughts on this ...
@oaklandraider Interesting question and I don't know the answer for this regime. With the Raiders under Mr. Davis, they hardly ever drafted players they brought in. I don't know if that is because it was just subterfuge or they didn't like something they saw or someone just fell to them that they liked more. Probably a combination of all three.
I'm sure that all the other NFL teams know who this guy is, so it isn't like the Raiders are tipping their hands in that way, but it does signal interest. He may have struggled at times or have other developmental issues so that he's a later round prospect and their trying to get more info on him.
Also, he may not be a good fit for power blocking schemes, which most of the NFL has. If that's the case, there are only a few other teams that use zone blocking - Houston, Seattle - that I'm aware. Perhaps he's a better ZB OT in which case it's not such a big deal, probably.
@AsherMathews thanks man, that makes sense ...he does sound like a prospect though ! Always happy to see us looking at OL ... god knows we have struggled there a lot in last 10 years ....
Steven Baker is an interesting prospect, to say the least. The kid is an absolute giant, and I see the second comming of a Jared Gaither in him. Just hope his back can stay healthy, unlike Gaither, whose back has prevented him from reaching the consistent greatness that he has shown flashes of achieving....
@Spartacus Maybe the second coming of Jared Veldheer who is also 6'8" and somwhere in the 300 range... Having those two at OT would probably qualify for the biggest tackles in the league.