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Pre Draft Notes

Hours before the Ravens get to work and start the draft day process. A few things to note as we move closer to draft day:

This draft will be great to watch for Ravens fans. The team has plenty of options, they also have a lot of positions that are in need of depth. Such as offensive line, linebacker, safety, receiver and running back.

 The Obvious:

  • O-line: It’s hard to imagine a scenario where the Ravens don’t address the offensive line. The team will be looking to add depth and youth to the center, guard and left tackle positions. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the team selected at least two interior lineman by the end of the draft process.
  • ‘Slider:’ The Ravens are patient and wait for talent to slide down the board. A player like Courtney Upshaw, OLB could slide down because ILB Dont’a Hightower has been a hot commodity lately.

“Deep Depth:” (Trading Back vs. Up)

Before we get too set on the top prospects, fans should remember “Deep Depth” is the theme of the Ravens draft. 

Eric DeCosta stated, “My theme this year is deep depth… “I think we need a lot of good young players. Last year, we thought we needed playmakers and we brought in Torrey Smith, we brought in Jimmy Smith. We got some guys like that. My philosophy with the draft is we want as many picks as we can get.”

After reading the above quote, you would have to think there is less of a chance for the Ravens trading up (relinquishing picks), rather more likely to trade back (acquire picks).

We’ll Find Out These Questions:

1. Do the Ravens believe Center Peter Konz is a first round talent?  There was a report that the Ravens aren’t so hot on Konz. Or, do they prefer OG Kevin Zeitler, WI?  FYI: Last year Brian Billick predicted Jimmy Smith. This year Billick is going with OG Kevin Zeitler.

2. Are the Ravens really going to leapfrog the Pittsburgh Steelers to grab ILB  Dont’a Hightower?

3. Will the team draft a receiver who specializes in kick/punt returns?  Might be too risky for Lardarius Webb returning punts after he just signed a long-term contract as the team’s starting corner.

THE PICKS (8):

2012 Draft Picks:

1 (29)
2 (60)
3 (91)
4 (130)
5 (164)
5 (169)
6 (198)
7 (236)

 

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