It’s only about less than a month until teams begin to answer all of the speculation as to what college stars will don their team’s colors.
Baltimore has been extremely active this off-season. Losing key players in their march to the AFC championship game such as Jason Brown, Bart Scott and Jim Leonhard and they have plenty of holes to fill and depth to add if they plan on making another run in 2009.
ROUND ONE (Pick #26) – Percy Harvin, WR, Florida
Choosing towards the back end of the draft you have to see who falls into this position and I was torn between my selection of the speedy Harvin or cornerback Vontae Davis. But, Ozzie has often chosen the “best player available” regardless of need so his choice on draft day may surprise. However, as active as the team has been they have not addressed it’s most glaring offensive need – a play-maker on offense. Harvin would be a nice add into the slot and has speed to spare. He could be an interesting cog for Cameron to use in a variety of ways.
ROUND TWO (Pick #57) – Sean Smith, CB, Utah
The Ravens will continue to add depth to the corner position due to the losses of McAlister and Rolle. They did get younger and quicker with the signings of Foxworth and Carr but shoring up depth here isn’t a bad move. Plus Smith provides a physical presence that is lacking.Other options here might be Victor Harris or Darrius Butler if Smith goes off the board earlier as I’ve seen Smith going in the first round as well.
ROUND THREE (Pick #88) – Will Davis, DE, Illinois
There was some speculation that Trevor Pryce might retire and with the amount of options the team as at Defensive tackle such as Ngata, Bannan and a returning Kelly Gregg the need to get some push off the edge is clear. Davis is quick and agile for his size and has a high motor.
ROUND FOUR: (Pick #119) – Andrew Gardner, OT, Georgia Tech
Hopefully the Ravens have decided to let oft injured Orlando Pace be someone elses problem and for the moment the tandem of Willie Anderson and Adam Terry will suffice but there is always room for some competition. At 6’6″ and 304 he could provide a nice bookend on the right side.
ROUND FIVE : (Pick #154) – Antonio Appleby, ILB, Virginia
Bart Scott’s departure have fans calling for a linebacker choice higher up the ladder. But they drafted Tavares Gooden who is expected to compete as well as Jameel McClain and Edgar Jones.
ROUND SIX : (Pick #185) – Devin Moore, RB, Wyoming
Currently the third headed monster of McGahee, McClain and Rice is still in place but having an extra running back isn’t a bad idea. Moore ran for over 1,300 yards with 7 scores for the Cowboys.
NO ROUND SEVEN or COMPENSATORY PICKS