[Editors Note:] Big Thanks to SoCal for posting this! -Chris
Ramses Barden – Cal Poly SLO – WR
I’m sure he’s gone unnoticed by most if not every person here so I’m going to take the liberty of introducing him to you. Ramses Barden graduated from a high school class of about 100 so the big college scouts just missed him. At Cal Poly San Luis Obispo he has been a dominant force and has had games in which he can’t be covered. Against Weber State in 2007 he caught 9 passes for 219 yards and 4 TDs. Against Idaho State he caught 10 balls for 268 yards and 3 TDs. After a very strong junior campaign he elected to return for his senior season. In the 2008 season Barden scored a TD in every game of the season including a 12 catch, 217 yard performance against Southern Utah.
Strengths: His great size (6’6", 228 lbs.) and strength allow him to go up and simply take balls away from DBs. Ramses has tons of pure, natural athletic ability and has incredible jumping ability. In an interview he was asked what his greatest asset is:
"My biggest strength is going to be my hands. Up and down, I have complete confidence in my hands and how I track the ball."
Also, Barden has the ability to get separation and seems to easily get behind defenders. Seems to have a great attitude and there have never been reports otherwise.
"I’m excited to learn. I’m coachable. I like to say that I am a sponge and I am trying to soak up as much as I can."
Weaknesses: He played in a small school against weak opponents. The biggest knack on him is his mediocre speed that is projected to only reach the 4.55-4.60 range. Although he says that his hands are his biggest asset, he has had a history of dropping some balls on occasion.
Interview & Scouting Reports:
Where he fits in: According to most draft experts it would take a great performance in the Scouting Combine for Ramses to be drafted in the first day. He’ll most likely be taken in the 4th or 5th round.