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Updated Draft Predictions

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After the signing of receivers Anquan Boldin and Dante Stallworth, along with the departure of defensive tackles Justin Bannan and Dwan Edwards, many mock drafts around the web have new predictions for the Ravens. Predictions now focus on Tight End, Defensive Tackle and Cornerback.

Just a few months ago fans were worried about getting a weapon for Flacco. Priorities have changed now, it would make sense for the team to sign a Defensive Tackle or Cornerback.  A few of the analysts have the team going with a Tight End.  The offense has playmakers with Ray Rice, Derrick Mason, Anquan Boldin and Todd Heap who still has some playing time left.  I get the sense that the team needs immediate improvement at the defensive line or cornerback position.

Thank you to Kevin Cowherd, www.Baltimoresun.com and John L. Clark, www.NFLDraftdog.com for providing their comments to this article.

Here’s a few of the comments and mock draft projections around the web:

Kevin Cowherd, Baltimore Sun

www.Baltimoresun.com

According to Kevin Cowherd of The Baltimore Sun, “I liked both the Stallworth and Boldin pickups. I think you’ll know soon enough of this team has any confidence in Kruger — if they draft a pass-rusher, the answer is no. I think their next move should be shoring up cornerback –– who knows if Webb and Washington come back strong next year?”

John L. Clarke,Senior Writer, NFL Draft Dog

www.NFLDraftDog.com

Jared Odrick, the Penn State DT,

Clark says, “With their 1st round pick, I think DE is likely, WR could happen but they have Boldin and Stallworth now, CB would be a reach since no one really stands out and OLB could be found in later rounds.  When you look at #25, you need to go with something you cannot get later in the draft or through free agency.  I think a good 3-4 end would be hard to get most places, and there should be a few available at #25.  I think if they go Jared Odrick, the Penn State DT, and switched him to a 3-4 end, he could C&C (contain and close) and be stout against the run.  He should be available at #25.”

Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma

Anquan Boldin and Donte’ Stallworth have added star power to the Ravens’ aerial attack, but Gresham would give the team a much-needed vertical threat in the middle of the field. (Previous pick: Arrelious Benn)

Pat Kirwin, NFL.com

Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State

The Ravens solved their wide receiver issues by trading for Anquan Boldin, re-signing Derrick Mason and picking up Donte’ Stallworth. They need a corner, and Robinson is the best left on the board. (Previous pick: Robinson)

CBS Sports NFLDraftscout.com

www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/mock

Rob Rang picks:

Jared Odrick, Defensive Tackle, Penn State

Pete Prisco picks:

Patrick Robinson, Cornerback, Florida St.

Chad Reuter picks:

Earl Thomas, Cornerback, Texas

Previous picks:

Brandon LaFell, Wide Receiver, LSU

Golden Tate, Wide Receiver, Notre Dame

www.Walterfootball.com

Jared Ordrick, DT, Penn State

Suddenly, Baltimore’s defensive line is a little thin. Jared Odrick is one of the top players available and would be a great fit in the Ravens’ defense.

Previous pick: Jermain Gresham, Tight End

www.walterfootball.com/draft2010_1.php

www.Baltimoreravens.com,

Reported that ESPN’s Mel Kiper and Todd McShay both had the Ravens selecting:

Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma, Tight End

Wes Bunting-www.Nationalfootballpost.com

Aaron Hernandez, Tight End, Florida

I don’t think there’s a wideout on the draft board worthy of this slot, so a potential dynamic tight end who can make plays and create mismatches in the pass game makes a lot of sense.

www.fftoolbox.com (ff Toolbox)

Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida

Having addressed their receiver needs in free agency (and trading for Anquan Boldin), the Ravens take a pass rusher here who could also stand up and play OLB.

www.nfldraft101.com

Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise St.

Baltimore lost a lot of close games in 2009, and their poor play at cornerback had a lot to do with it. Wilson has a high football IQ and is also solid in run defense.

Football’s Future

Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise St.

After making a move for Anquan Boldin, WR drops down on the list of needs. Upgrading the secondary may jump to the front, and landing a playmaker like Wilson would be excellent value here. http://www.footballsfuture.com/2010/nflmockdraft.html

http://draftace.com/

Jared Ordrick, DT, Penn State

The trade for Anquan Boldin filled the Ravens biggest need this offseason and leaves with without a glaring hole entering the draft. It also indicates that they’re taking a “win now” approach to the offseason which means they’ll likely target a player that can contribute immediately with this selection. Odrick has the size to play defensive end in the Ravens 3-4 scheme and would be an ideal candidate to eventually replace Trevor Pryce who turns 35 in August.

www.draftcountdown.com

Kyle Wilso, CB, Boise State.

Has an excellent analysis and options the Ravens have in the draft.

Boise State’s Kyle Wilson is a tad undersized but he plays big, has excellent speed and athleticism and is a true playmaker in the secondary.    It might be time to start thinking about an eventual successor for Todd Heap at tight end too and it would be just like the Ravens to steal a top talent like Oklahoma’s Jermaine Gresham late in round one. Baltimore might also want to start getting younger along their defensive line so Jared Odrick of Penn State and Dan Williams of Tennessee, who are both good fits for their scheme, could be possibilities as well. Don’t rule out Florida’s Maurkice Pouncey as a value pick and long-term answer at center / guard either.” http://www.draftcountdown.com/sub/Mock-Draft-B.php


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