RAVENS DRAFT: Post Combine Predictions

POST COMBINE: DRAFT PREDICTIONS

Now that the NFL Combine has been completed, we’ll take a look at some of updated predictions and mock drafts for the Ravens.  Dont’a Hightower, inside linebacker, and Peter Konz, Center, still are a popular choices in current mock drafts.

Below are a few other names that are associated with the Ravens:

Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama (6-2, 273)  

Chad Reuter | NFL Network

“The Ravens need depth at linebacker, and Upshaw could fill multiple roles in that scheme because of his strength in the run game. He showed average speed and flexibility in Indianapolis, but teams will review the tape again and see that he’s just a solid football player.”

Analysis: Excellent pass rusher off the edge–which was Courtney’s primary job for the defense. Ravens could use a pass rusher opposite Suggs. Upshaw might be gone the time the Ravens have a shot to select him, as he is one of the better OLB’s in the draft.

Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State (6-7, 323)

Walterfootball.com

“As noted in my 2012 NFL Offseason Needs, Bryant McKinnie did a decent job at left tackle this year, but he’ll be 33 in September, and with his skills eroding, he can’t be counted on much longer. Despite a sub-par showing at the Combine, Mike Adams is arguably the top prospect on the board, so Baltimore could select him to be the long-term bookend tackle across from Michael Oher.”

Analysis: Adams struggled with bench press at the Combine, but so did A few top players. If the Ravens like the film and Adams has a good Pro Day, there might a draw for a player of Adams caliber.

 

Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois (6-4, 265)

Rob Warner, FFtoolbox.com 

“Ray Lewis has already said he’s coming back for 2012 (his 17th season) but the soon to be 37 year old future first ballot Hall of Famer battled a toe injury this season and will likely see his snaps scaled back going forward. In 2011, Mercilus led the nation in sacks (16) and forced nine fumbles. At 6-4, 265 the Illinois alum can play DE in the 4-3 and rush linebacker 3-4, filling multiple needs – his versatility will appeal to an aging Baltimore defense.”

Analysis: Any player who can get to the QB is a benefit. Mercilus can line up off the edge or play inside the D-line and has great hand strength. You have to like the fact he forces fumbles.  Add another pass rusher along with Suggs and the Ravens D is looking really strong. Not to mention that Ravens secondary is one of the better in the NFL. And…what a great name for a defensive player!

 

Markelle Martin, FS, Oklahoma St. (6-1, 196)

Drafttek.com

“…Markelle Martin, the top free safety in this class. There are no offensive lineman or inside linebackers that are good value here and an heir apparent to Ed Reed is high on the wish list…Ozzie Newsome does like to take best player available at times so its possible that could definitely be an alternative but I’d bet that if Ozzie was looking at this board, he’d look to trade down in this situation.” -Eugene Stasak Gino’s Draft Talk

Analysis: If there is a player that can be next in line to Ed Reed, it is a good move. Remember it is always not about need, rather, ’best talent available.’ Martin is a good hitter and has excellent speed (4.4’s, 4.5’s). Martin is aggressive and a leader, but he doesn’t have the greatest hands. Learning behind Ed Reed can only add to future success. Key will be if the Ravens feel Martin is a first round talent/value.

 

Nick Perry, DE/OLB, USC (JR) 6-5, 250

www.Nfldraftdog.com

“At 6′ 3″ 270 pounds Perry can really get after the passer.”

Analysis: Perry had an phenomenal combine and has excellent speed (4.5’s- 40).  Will have to switch to a 3-4 system. He has good pass rush ability.  The question will be for the Ravens, Is Perry capable of being an all purpose linebacker versus the run and in pass coverage?

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