Though the flicker of collegiate game tape isn't exactly candlelight, it can sometimes be love at first sight for a scout sitting in a dark film room, pining over pro prospects.
Daniel Jeremiah, a former NFL scout who worked four years in the Ravens organization, experienced one of those moments in the months leading up to the 2007 NFL draft while watching tape of Iowa's Marshal Yanda. Years later, he still remembers one play when the senior offensive lineman de-cleated a defender with a violent peel-back block.
"That always stood out to me," said Jeremiah, who is now an analyst for NFL Network. "I thought, 'This guy has a big-time nasty demeanor.' … I loved Marshal Yanda, but there were a lot of us who did. He was a favorite of almost the entire scouting department."

The Ravens loved him so much, they drafted him in the third round that year even though they had already selected another guard, Auburn's Ben Grubbs, in the first round. As Jeremiah says now, drafting Yanda, now a two-time Pro Bowl guard, "has been a home run."
As general manager Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens put the finishing touches on their draft board in preparation for Thursday's 2013 NFL draft, there is a new class of collegiate prospects who have smitten Ravens scouts, coaches and front-office decision-makers. The scouting process is long, tiring and taxing, but each spring, there are players like Yanda who become the object of the Ravens' eye and other NFL teams.
The Ravens, who have 12 picks in this year's draft, must do their due diligence, though, before committing, and other teams may sweep a prospect off his feet before the Ravens are on the clock.
But for those talent evaluators inside the Castle, few professional experiences, if any, feel better than on draft day when they are finally able to land a prospect they have coveted for months.