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Ravens Draft: Q&A Part II, Matt De Lima, FF Toolbox

PART II (SEGMENT 2) – Second half of our interview, Draft Q&A:

Q & A: With Matt De Lima, FFToolbox

Q4. BGR: AFC? Pittsburgh may have a few similar needs like Baltimore. Any other team in the AFC who could take a player the Ravens are looking at scooping up?

A: Matt De Lima- Houston could take an lineman or two in the middle rounds. They are mostly drafting for depth though so we’re talking about 3rd to 5th round guys. The Texans did well on the defensive side of the ball last year but I think they may target a 34 DE and a 34 OLB. 34 teams are always looking to improve their defensive front so there will be some overlap at those spots.

Cincinnati will address their secondary. Most are speculating they will take a guard and cornerback in the first. Two positions that Baltimore hasn’t been linked to very much. They also need a running back and wide receiver. I do think the Ravens might add another receiver but not until the middle or late rounds. Torrey Smith has some real promise which he flashed last year so it’s definitely not a dire need.

And like you said about the Steelers, I think there is some overlap simply because of their 34 defense. Pittsburgh is also on the market for a ILB so Ravens fans should definitely keep an eye on what they do, especially in the first round.”


Q5. BGR: Safety has been linked to the Ravens. But, myself, I’m not sure it is a position Ozzie Newsome and Co. will be looking for right off the bat.   The team lost Zbikowski and Nakamura. Yet, recently signed Sean Considine and last year they were able to sign Emmanual Cook (Jets). Obviously Bernard Pollard started and did well. Is there a prospect that jumps out at you in which Ozzie Newsome would sign over a linebacker or offensive lineman?

A: Matt DeLima- “Well Mark Barron is the top safety prospect but he’s more of a strong safety. That’s not usually a position that gets addressed in the first round. I think there are some intriguing second and third round safeties that might be worth a shot. LSU SS Brandon Taylor has skyrocketed recently. Montana CB/S Trumaine Johnson is a guy who could play almost anywhere in the defensive secondary. But really, Barron is the only guy worth a first round pick at the safety position and it’s not likely he will be available when Baltimore picks.”


Q6. BGR: Tyrod Taylor question: Were you surprised the Ravens used rookie Tyrod Talyor as a back up all of last season?  Do you think they will keep him as their number one back-up?

A: Matt DeLima- “Well I’m not sure if I mentioned this before but I am a Virginia Tech grad. I live and breathe Hokies football. I first started watching Tyrod play when he was about 16 years old and Virginia Tech was recruiting him. Needless to say, I’m a huge fan of his. Tyrod has come a long way as a quarterback. Is he a starter level QB? Not yet. Could he fill in for Joe Flacco and nothing changes? No. But how many teams can say that about their backup? Tyrod is a competitor though, a natural leader and if challenged, he will step up. His ability to extend plays and scramble offers a wrinkle that defenses are rarely ready for.  And hey for anybody who saw the Ravens play Washington in the preseason last year, Ray Lewis said himself that Tyrod Taylor was the steal of their draft. If Lewis likes him, he’s good enough for me.”

Thanks Matt! We appreciate you contributing to our blog!

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