Ravens Draft 2012: Updated Mock Predictions

“Baltimore GM Ozzie Newsome does not re-build . . . he re-loads!”

 

Updated Predictions

The St. Louis/Washington trade that occurred this past weekend doesn’t impact the draft board all that much for the Ravens. While many are thinking the Redskins made a sensational trade, it more looks like a desperate move by an unsuccessful organization (in recent years) and a coach on the hot seat who’s willing to take the gamble. Giving away multiple (first round) draft picks for a single player is a risk that usually doesn’t pan out.

The next factor as we move towards the draft is free agency for teams. How things go in free agency will to some degree change the thinking for the Ravens needs in the draft.

 

In the meantime, here are some recent updated mock draft predictions:

 

Zach Brown, ILB, North Carolina  –  www.drafttek.com

“The fastest, most athletic OLB in this year’s draft ends up with a Raven defense that is seeing some age creep up on their long-time stars. Baltimore GM Ozzie Newsome does not re-build . . . he re-loads!

 

Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State – Matt DeLima, www.fftoolbox.com

“It’s hard to gauge where Adams will go in the draft. Some are high on him, some aren’t so high. Some were disappointed in his combine, some expected as much. In any case, the Ravens are in the market for a true left tackle so they can move some guys around on their line.”

 

Dont’a Hightower, ILB, Alabama –  www.thenfldraftwarroom.com

“…Hightower is a really versatile linebacker who can line up in a few different spots.  Alabama would use him as a pass rusher on obvious pass downs.  He has a lot of talent and that if he learns from Ray Lewis he could turn that talent into something special.  The Ravens do have some line issues and could also take a look at Kevin Zeitler.”

 

Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa:www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/nfldraftscout-RobRang

“Veteran Matt Birk has played reasonably well for the Ravens and said he wants to play a 15th season in 2012, but he’s near the end of the line. Guard Ben Grubbs, a former first-round pick who is arguably Baltimore’s most consistent offensive lineman when healthy, is scheduled for free agency. General manager Ozzie Newsome won’t go through the 2012 draft without addressing the interior of his offensive line. Reiff entered the draft amid talk he’d be a top 10 candidate but is slipping after a disappointing Combine. Newsome takes advantage of falling stars on draft day better than anyone.”

 

Devon Still, DT, PSU – 2012 NFL Mock Draft DT 

“The Ravens are always looking for good young talent on the defensive side of the ball. I previously had them taking Burfict with this pick. However, I think this is a reach for Burfict and I think Devon Still would be a good fit for them. He has the size and athleticism to both play DT and DE in a 3-4 defense such as the Ravens.”

 

Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin Walterfootball.com/draft2012
“I have to believe the Ravens will draft Peter Konz if he’s available. He’ll probably be the top prospect on the board, and he fits the blocking scheme perfectly. He also would fill a big need. Matt Birk won’t be playing for much longer, so Baltimore needs a successor. In the meantime, Konz can play at guard as Ben Grubbs’ replacement.”

 

 

 

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