Ravens Draft: Running Back Always in the Mix

Ravens Draft: Running Back Always In the Mix

 It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Ravens draft a running back in the mid-rounds. A bigger/power back to complement Ray Rice. Baltimore will want that ‘one-two’ punch, that worked so well with Ray Rice and Ricky Williams. The Ravens drafted Anthony Allen last draft. He saw a hand full of snaps, so his offseason and training camp will be critical. The Ravens will also look free agency to add depth.

Ozzie Newsome and Eric DeCosta usually draft a running back. Case in point, the Ravens drafted a running back in all but two drafts since 2005 which were the 2007 and 2010 drafts. LeRon McClain was technically drafted as a fullback in 2007.  In 2008 the Ravens selected two running backs; Ray Rice (rd.2) and Allen Patrick (rd. 7).

Here’s some prospects that could land the Ravens way: 

 

Vick Ballard, RB, Miss. State (5-11, 220)

Analysis: Compactly built, North/South power back running between the tackles. Good balance, size, speed, fights for the extra yards.  Rushed for 2,000 yards and 29 TDs during two seasons for the Bulldogs.  Would likely have to bulk up some for the role he would have with the Ravens.

Projected Round: 4-5

 

Terrence Ganaway, RB, Baylor (6-0, 239)

Analysis: Important weapon in the Baylor offense behind QB Robert Griffin III and WR Kendall Hunter. Had a 5.8 average. 206 att., 1195 yards. Ganaway is suited to be a goaline or power back in the NFL. Breaks tackles and tough to bring down. Not much of a receiver (a ‘2-down’ back), but will be well-suited for a team like the Ravens looking for a change of pace to complement Rice.

Projected Round: 3-4

 

Brandon Bolden, RB, Ole Miss (5-11, 222)

Analysis: Good size and strength,would be suited for running inside the tackles, and is hard to take down. Good hands out of the backfield, decent blocker. He doesn’t possess the overall quickness to be an all purpose back, so by adding some weight he could be an effective power runner between the tackles.

Projected Round: 6-7

 

Cody Johnson, FB, Texas (5-11, 250)

Analysis: Johnson played fullback, also was used in short yardage as a running back. In 2010-11 he had 134 carries for 592 yards, 6 TD’s.  He is a physical back when running, tough on short yardage.  Another LeRon McClain ‘in the making?’

Projected Round: 6-7

 

Other Possibility: 

The Ravens could go to a 2 back (rotation) offense with Rice as the number one. 

Robert Turbin, RB, Utah State (5-10, 222)

Analysis: He’s been a hot commodity lately.  Powerful runner–grinds out yards.  Did have a previous injury in college (ACL) but recovered well. He has three important attributes, power, speed and good hands receiving. Ozzie Newsome isn’t afraid of taking players with previous injuries.

Projected Round: 3

 

Ravens Recent Draft History of Running Backs:

2011 – Anthony Allen (7th rd.)

2010 – None

2009 – Cedric Peerman (6th rd.)

2008 – Ray Rice (2nd rd..),  Allen Patrick (7th rd.)

2007 – None,  LeRon McClain, FB  (4th rd.)

2006 – P.J. Daniels (4th Rd.)

2005 – Justin Green (5th rd.)

 

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