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Early Draft Predictions

Next stop the Draft!  It’s never too early to think about the Ravens and how they are looking to improve the team.  Here at we will be bringing you news on draft predictions from around the Web.  The NFL draft is scheduled April 25 and 26. For the first round Baltimore will have the 25th pick in the draft.

What’s The Spin:

It’s no secret and by now every Ravens fan knows the team is looking for some weapons in the way of receivers for Joe Flacco.  There are also some intriguing Tight Ends in the draft class this year such as, Jermaine Gresham, TE Oklahoma.

Signing of Stallworth:

The Ravens just signed receiver Donte Stallworth and it may be an upgrade and a sign the organization is willing to take a chance. Stallworth has had his share of problems.  Does this change anything for the Ravens going into the draft?  It is still too early to tell, because the team could pick up another receiver.   At this point Stallworth is part of the puzzle and doesn’t change the fact the team will be looking to still improve the receiving corps. The team needs to address the cornerback position as well.

Here’s some early predictions:

Bucky Brooks, Analyst

Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois

“The Ravens need more weapons in the passing game for Joe Flacco to fulfill his potential. Benn fits the bill with his dynamic receiving skills.”

Golden Tate, Wide Receiver, Notre Dame

“Mason’s getting older so the Ravens need to surround Flacco with WR talent.”

Peter Schrager, Fox Sports Analyst

Syd’Quan Thompson, CB, California

The Ravens have been passing on drafting receivers in the first round for years. Don’t expect that to change this year. With a deep wideout class (there will be solid WR options in rounds 2 and 3 available), look for Baltimore to pick up a young, ready-to-play right away cornerback here. Though undersized at just 5-9, Thompson has a knack for the ball and is currently having a hell of a week at the Senior Bowl. A four-year regular at Cal, he could start opening day for the Ravens.”

Brandon LaFell, Wide Receiver, LSU

“If available, Jermaine Gresham is an option because Todd Heap is unreliable. However, Mark Clayton has been so inconsistent that he would force my hand anyway. If Derrick Mason retires, Joe Flacco will have absolutely no one to work with. “

Jermaine Gresham 6’6”, Tight End, Oklahoma

CBS Sports

Two of the analysts have both picked receivers:

Brandon LaFell, Wide Receiver, LSU

Golden Tate, Wide Receiver, Notre Dame

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