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BGR Mock Draft III: Final Predictions

Writer’s final mock draft, predicting rounds one and two.

The Ravens 29th Pick, 2012 NFL Draft:

Gene Winner: Donta’ Hightower, ILB, Alabama

Ozzie Newsome is patient and always finds talent sliding down the board.  Hightower will be the best player available and probably the highest rated player on the Ravens draft board by the time they select near the end of the first round.  Hightower is talented, a leader and pro-ready!  If Hightower isn’t there, they easily trade back to acquire more picks–the Ravens just don’t reach in the draft.

Matt Jergensen: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech

I’m inclined to think that if Hightower is still on the board that he’d be Ozzie’s first choice though I still think he won’t be there. Konz makes a lot of sense and could play Guard while he tutors under Matt Birk. But this is a “Mock” draft so I’m having some fun with it as the Ravens select Stephen Hill. They need another receiver and in a draft deep with them Hill could be another Yellow Jacket to be a star in this league.

Jonathon Scruggs: Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin

I’m sticking with my initial pick because nothing has developed to make me think otherwise. He’s a glaring need and will likely be the best player available when the Ravens draft at 29, assuming of course they don’t trade down.

Ben Zinman: Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin

The Ravens sit near the bottom of the first round picking 29th. If Peter Konz  C from Wisconsin is waiting for them to pick him up then the leadership at the Castle should be pleased. Since the Ravens were not able to re-sign Ben Grubbs, I would like to see them continue to solidify the foundation of the offensive line with the addition of Kevin Zeitler, G also from Wisconsin. Either player would be a solid addition to the offensive line. 



Gene Winner:  Brandon Brooks, OG, Miami of Ohio

You can bet by the end of the draft the Ravens will select at least two offensive lineman, Brooks is a solid pick in the second round. I also like Trumain Johnson, CB/FS, Montana in this spot too. 

Matt Jergensen: Zach Brown, LB, North Carolina

At one point Brown was considered a first-rounder so there’s value to be had here. Ozzie Newsome said that you can never have too mnay pass rushers and Brown can bring it off the outside. He seems to be a nice fit here.”

Jonathan Scruggs: Ronnell Lewis, LB, Oklahoma

A solid LB/DE prospect out of Oklahoma, Lewis could be a good fit to fill in for the departed Jarret Johnson or develop into a quality bookend for Terrell Suggs. Either way the Ravens could find many uses for the versatile defender.

Ben Zinman: Terrell Manning, OLB,

In the 2nd round Terrell Manning has potential at OLB. He will need to spend some time in the weight room. He has good instincts. He may also have some durability issues. He is definitely worth a shot if he is still there late 2nd round.


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