Ravens Draft Board: Round One

Who are the top players on the Ravens draft board?

Ravens Draft Board: Round 1 

The NFL Draft is a week from this Thursday, April 26 and the Ravens will have plenty of options with the 29th pick.  It’s tough trying to predict who exactly the Ravens will select, however, below is a list of players who would likely be targeted in round one.

My guess is as good as yours, so tell us what you think. Or, is there a player we’ve left out that we should to add to the list?

 

First Round Targets – High Value 

ILB Dont’a Hightower, AL

Likely to be best linebacker rated on the board for the Ravens by the end of round one. He played in a pro-style offense and would fit right into the Ravens scheme. He’s a player who could move to outside linebacker as well. Ozzie Newsome has confidence in players from Alabama.

C Peter Konz, WI

The Wisconsin center is considered the best Center in the draft. The Ravens have never selected a center in the first round. Konz has been a name that is linked to Bmore all through the draft process. In fact, most mock drafts/analysts are predicting Konz to the Ravens.

OLB Courtney Upshaw, AL 

One of the hotter prospects in the draft, but his stock is slipping some because of mixed reviews at his Pro Day. There are many mock drafts having him go anywhere from 16-20. Yet, some have him later at 27 (New England) or at 28 (Green Bay). A definite player who could slide down the board to the Ravens.   Melvin Ingram, South Carolina and Nick Perry, USC  are the “top prospects,” both will be on the radar as well.

OT Mike Adams, Ohio St.

Adams is the exact type of player that the Ravens would select, a solid prospect. His draft stock took a hit because of his combine, now his stock is back up. So, teams might have second thoughts on draft day. Meaning he could make it down to the Ravens, and– it’s always ‘best player available’ even though the team could use a center.

OL Cordy Glenn,  Georgia

Excellent prospect from Georgia. Glenn would be a plus at guard. He’s 6’5” and 348 pounds and played tackle and guard.  Versatility is something the Ravens like in prospects. He’s getting noticed by a lot of teams now.

 

High on the Board, But Less Likely

WR Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech

Less likely due to the fact the Ravens have bigger concerns at the O-line and LB core. The team has some depth with WR Tandon Doss and WR LaQuan Williams.  They might find better value in the mid-rounds with this position. The team’s track record drafting receivers in round one has had mixed results.

OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford

Considered a top 25 player. Would be a surprise if he dropped past 25. A team like Pittsburgh would likely grab him at 24.

ILB Luke Kuechly, Boston College 

Been rated as the best linebacker in the draft and would likely be selected in the top 15, such as a team like Kansas City at 11 or  Seattle at 12.

SS Mark Barron, AL

The Ravens would jump on Barron from Alabama, the highest rated safety in the draft. Problem is– so would a bunch of other teams higher on the board. It would be a shock if he was passed over by the first 20 teams. Analysts are predicting Dallas (at 14) to select Barron.

 

Borderline (Reach) Category?

OG Kevin Zeitler, WI

A bit of a sleeper pick. Go back and look at the many of Wisconsin offensive line players and you will find they are NFL ready. Since losing Ben Grubbs to free agency, it’s a definite ‘need’ too. Is he skilled enough to start day one?

DE/OLB, Andre Branch,  Clemson

This prospect is tough to figure out, he’s being projected as a mid-round one to early second-round pick. Here’s the scoop; he is a strong and speedy edge rusher, but the knock is concerns about his inconsistent motor in college. If memory serves correct, there were concerns about Haloit Ngata’s motor too. The Ravens usually go for players who are stout against the run, which is another  knock on him. Yet, if the Ravens feel he could improve quickly, then it could be a go. Too raw to be a first round selection?

S Harrison Smith, Notre Dame

Smith is one of the better rated safeties in this draft and has a excellent skills.  Yet, it is hard to see the Ravens grabbing Smith this early even though some analysts making this prediction. While Smith is a great player, he’s far from the caliber of Mark Barron. The Ravens will not reach–they would trade back before pulling the trigger. Round One Value?

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