Draft day is finally here, and for Baltimore Ravens fans, this year’s draft should be an exciting one. With 12 picks, the Ravens certainly have the ammo to trade up in any given round or even trade down if needed.
To preview what the Ravens will do over the next three days, I compiled a seven-round mock draft. While few, if any, of these picks will actually happen, these players could be potential targets for the team this weekend.
Here’s my final seven-round mock draft for the Ravens.
Round One (32): Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame
If Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown is still on the board, he’ll be the pick. However, assuming Brown is gone, the Ravens opt to take Manti Te’o, a talented linebacker who would fit well in the middle of the Baltimore defense.
Round Two (62): D.J Swearinger, S, South Carolina
The Ravens have had interest in D.J. Swearinger throughout the draft process, and with a glaring need at strong safety, Swearinger fills the void.
Round Three (94): David Bakhtiari, OT, Colorado
Like Swearinger, David Bakhtiari is a player who has been on the Ravens’ radar for several months. With a huge need at left tackle, as well as possibly right tackle in the near future, Bakhtiari could be the pick.
Round Four (129): Chris Harper, WR, Kansas State
After trading away Anquan Boldin, the Ravens desperately need another sure-handed wide receiver. Chris Harper is one of the best pass catchers in the draft and would become a nice security blanket for Joe Flacco.
Round Four (130): Cobi Hamilton, WR, Arkansas
After failing to address the wide receiver position in the first three rounds, the Ravens double up and add Harper and Cobi Hamilton. Hamilton is a larger receiver who has deep threat capability.
Round Five (165): Sanders Commings, CB, Georgia
Sanders Commings is one of the most physical and talented cornerbacks and this year’s draft. However, coming off an injury and multiple suspensions at Georgia, there’s no true indication of where he’ll go in the draft. The Ravens never shy away from players with character concerns and they could take a chance on Commings.
Round Five (168): Rontez Miles, S, California (PA)
After adding a strong safety in Swearinger, the Ravens address the depth issue at free safety with Rontez Miles. The heavy hitter has starting potential in the NFL.
Round Six (199): Braxston Cave, C, Notre Dame
The Ravens currently only have one center on the team capable of making the final 53-man roster in Gino Gradkoswki. Both depth and competition need to be added to the position, which makes Braxston Cave a possibility.
Round Six (200): T.J. Barnes, DT, Georgia Tech
Depth is needed behind Haloti Ngata and Terrence Cody at defensive tackles, and T.J. Barnes helps solve that problem.
Round Six (203): Vince Williams, ILB, Florida State
Even if an inside linebacker like Te’o is picked by the Ravens in the first round, that still doesn’t solve the problem in the middle of the defense. There’s no certainty that Rolando McClain will still even be on the team when training camp begins, so Williams, an athletic player who can also be a special teams ace, may be the pick.
Round Seven (238): Ryan Griffin, QB, Tulane
There’s a good chance that the Ravens will take a quarterback at some point during the draft, and Ryan Griffin could be a solid long-term project.
Round Seven (247): Nathan Williams, OLB, Ohio State
The Ravens recently worked out Nathan Williams, and with depth needed at the outside linebacker position, they could use this pick on him.