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2012 Ravens Draft: Top Value Picks

Ranking Best Values: 2012 Ravens Draft Class

The Ravens came away from the draft with some excellent value picks. Its always difficult to grade teams in terms of how they did in their draft, yet based on player prospect rankings, it is possible to rate the value of the selections.

#1.  Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama (Round 2)

It’s clear Upshaw is excellent value in the second round. A top prospect slated for the first round who had his stock drop because of a disappointing combine. You know in Baltimore he will thrive with the Ravens defensive schemes. A plus is that Upshaw comes from a college who played a pro-style defense and is accustomed to playing on the big stage.  His draft process is similar Terrell Suggs, who dropped off the radar on many team because of a slow forty time. The Ravens stayed patient, and landed fantastic value.

#2.  Asa Jackson, CB, Cal Poly-SLO (Round 5) 

Hard to find much wrong with Asa Jackson’s game and there are not too many negatives on his scouting report. What hurt his draft stock is the fact he played for a small school and didn’t face “the top” competition in college.   Depth at cornerback is vital and with Asa Jackson you get a player who has some time to develop his coverage skills behind an already skilled defensive backfield. He will be in the mix to contribute on special teams coverage and as a punt returner come training camp.  Throw in his speed at 4.49 and you have a great value/selection. His draft stock improved and was slated as a 3rd round pick (mid-round or higher), a grade of 70.5. by   Jackson has a website:

#3. Tommy Streeter, WR, Miami  (Round 6)

A bit raw, but consider the value of a player who has the height (6-5, 215) and speed (4.4’s). Lined up opposite Torrey Smith that will pose some match-up problems for opposing secondaries.  He will need to polish his game (running routes) to get into the line-up. It’s low risk taking a shot on a player with these attributes because your talking about a late round selection –just excellent value.  Could be one of the better steals in the draft.

#4. Christian Thompson, FS, South Carolina (Round 4)

Thompson is one of these underrated (under the radar) players who transferred from a larger  program to a “smaller” college, ala Lardarius Webb. Regardless of where the national media had Thompson slated, the Ravens coveted this player. So, for the origination they are probably coming away from the draft feeling they got a lot of value with one of their targeted players well into the fourth round.  Eric DeCosta stated, “Christian was a player that we identified early. I think he was probably one of our favorite defensive players, certainly one of the favorite defensive players on the coaches’ board this year, and we’re excited to get him. Ran the fastest time in the 40-yard dash (4.50) among safeties and graded third in the 60-yard shuffle.”

“I think the real strength of the safety class in the 2012 draft is on day three. The Ravens landed one of the NFP’s highest rated FS prospects in Christian Thompson, who has an ideal size/speed combo and could mature into one of the best safety prospects to come out of this draft. A great fourth round selection.” —Wes Bunting, National Football Post


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