Senior Bowl’s Jim Nagy On Ravens’ Options For Receiver, Offensive Line In 2020 NFL Draft

Jim Nagy is the executive director of the Senior Bowl and was an NFL scout for 18 years. He joined Glenn Clark Radio April 9 to discuss the Ravens’ needs at receiver and along the offensive line. Questions were edited for clarity and content.

PressBox: Recent conversation has Arizona State wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk as almost certainly going in the first round and as a guy who’s going to be in that territory for the Ravens. Why do you think all of a sudden we’re hearing more and more about him from scouts and various media leaks?

Jim Nagy: I don’t know what this late push and buzz is about. I’ve always thought Brandon is a borderline first-round guy even going back to the summer when we started watching the tape. In 2018, Arizona State really force-fed the ball to N’Keal Harry, who was the Patriots’ first-round pick last year. When we looked at [Aiyuk] over the summer, I think he only had like 33, 34 catches, somewhere in that range, and we really thought he’d be the breakout star of the college football season. And he was; he had a great year. He’s a really unique guy from a body type perspective. He’s only like 5-[foot]-11, 6-foot, but he’s got crazy long arms. He’s got an 80-inch wingspan. He’s got the wingspan of a guy who’s 6-[foot]-9, so catch radius wise, he’s not your typical 5-[foot]-11, 6-foot guy. Really, really unique body type. Explosive playmaker; would’ve run faster at the Combine. I want to say he was like high 4.4, low 4.5 for most scouts I talked to.