RAVENS NFL DRAFT 2013 – ROUNDS 1-3
If you think the Ravens had a great first two days, your right. They select players they coveted and continue to bolster the team’s defense in the process.
In round one, waiting patiently at 32, Baltimore was given a gift after the Dallas Cowboys, at 31, decided to go unconventional and select a Center. Florida Safety, Matt Elam was right there for the taking and Ozzie Newsome and company didn’t even have to think about it, ‘their pick was in.’
It was expected Elam would go in the mid-first round by many analysts. So, the Ravens strike it rich with excellent value. Elam is a playmaker, has speed and is a hard hitting thumper. He should compete for a starting role in the Ravens new look defense.
In round two:
The Ravens weren’t going to take any chances, they traded up to the 56 pick to select Inside Linebacker, Arthur Brown, Kansas State. A player who had been associated with the team during the draft process. As mentioned during this draft season, the Ravens had plenty of picks to move up in the draft.
Brown is a solid pick here, and fills a need. He is a smart player, has a nose for the football, who plays with a lot of heart and leadership. And one thing extra he is a plus in pass coverage.
“Kansas State inside linebacker Arthur Brown is an early round prospect that excels against the run, with solid athleticism that could keep him on the field all three downs.”
In Round Three:
With the 94th pick Baltimore selected: Brandon Williams, Defensive Tackle, Missouri Southern
Williams is 6-1 at 335 pounds. Williams was projected to be a third rounder, so again good value here. Williams is versatile, there was even talk of him being able to play guard. But, it looks like defense is where he thrives. Williams comes from a smaller school, but while there he dominated the competition.
Ozzie Newsome was real serious about getting tougher in the middle of the defense. Williams is stout and looks the part of a 3-4 defensive nose tackle.
“Despite possessing the frame of a traditional run-stuffing nose guard, Williams was used up and down the line at Missouri Southern and proved to be quite a pass rushing terror, smashing the school record with 27 career sacks. This wasn’t the case of a player dominating weak competition in a few games, Williams recorded at least one tackle for loss in all but one contest during his senior season. He ranked second on the team with 68 tackles in 2012 (including 31 solo stops) and recorded 16.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 of which were sacks.
Dominating the Mid-American conference is one thing, but Williams proved at the Senior Bowl that his powerful game was too much for many of the top FCS prospects to handle, as well. While not the quick-twitch pass-rusher that his statistics might indicate, his power and surprising quickness made a positive impression on scouts and has his stock on the rise as the draft approaches.”