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ESPN’s McShay Forecasts Five Options for Ravens in Round One

Safety Harrison Smith May Be Available When the Ravens Pick

When a team picks towards the end of the First Round, you have to have to be ready for anything.

It’s that reason alone why I find Mock Drafts to be a little pointless. It’s impossible to predict trades or to truly understand the ripple effect that one draft choice can have on the entire talent pool.

So instead of making one prediction for the Ravens 29th pick, ESPN’s Todd McShay is kind enough to forecast five different moves the Ravens could make based on five different scenarios in the first round.

Scenario 1- TRADE: The Ravens would likely prefer to trade up or back to get better value. In this class moving back five or six spots and adding an extra pick is the better option because the board is thin at their need positions at this point and the Ravens have not historically been a team that reaches for players.

Scenario 2- SAFETY [Notre Dame Safety Harrison] Smith has the skill to contribute right away, and he would provide a backup plan in the event Ed Reed’s durability issues surface again.

Scenario 3- GUARD :Guard is a need area, and Wisconsin’s Kevin Zeitler fits the Ravens’ tough attitude. Northwestern State’s Amini Silatolu is a more talented player, but there are questions about his ability to absorb an NFL system and play immediately.

Scenario 4- LINEBACKER: Add help at linebacker. There is no inside linebacker worth this pick, but [Boise State defensive end Shea] McClellin is the kind of versatile front-seven defender Baltimore can’t get enough of.

Scenario 5-TACKLE: Left tackle is also a need, and [Ohio State tackle Mike] Adams has the tools to come off the board in this range, but he might not have the grind-it-out-mentality the Ravens look for.

Of course these are only a few possible scenarios.

What would you like to see the Ravens do on Draft Day?

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