KZ's draft reports...are all here...
The Ravens will now have 12 picks in the NFL Draft after receiving four compensatory picks, one each during the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds. The extra picks can't be traded, but they do give the Ravens the second-most picks in the draft and the ability to move their other picks around should they so choose. I have updated my Ravens mock draft to include these picks below. I doubt the Ravens will make all 12 picks, but here is what their draft could look like if they did. This was before the Dumervil signing but this would not change the picks much...
Round 1 (Pick No. 32)
Pick: Arthur Brown, OLB, KSU
Could Be: Jonathan Cyprien, S, FIU
Might Be: Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU
Round 2 (Pick No. 30)
Pick: D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina
Could Be: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
Might Be: Jamie Collins, OLB, Southern Miss
Round 3 (Pick No. 32)
Pick: Jon Bostic, ILB, Florida
Could Be: Kiko Alonso, ILB, Oregon
Might Be: Jordan Mills, OT, Louisiana Tech
Round 4 (Pick No. 32)
Pick: Chris Harper, WR, KSU
Could Be: Tony Jefferson, FS, Oklahoma
Might Be: Duke Williams, S, Nevada
Round 4 (Comp Pick)
Pick: Khaled Holmes, C, USC
Could Be: Kevin Reddick, ILB, UNC
Might Be: Ace Sanders, WR, South Carolina
Round 5 (Pick No. 32)
Pick: Xavier Nixon, OT, Florida
Could Be: Devonte Holloman, OLB, South Carolina
Might Be: Hugh Thorton, G, Illinois
Round 5 (Comp Pick)
Pick: Rontez Miles, S, Cal (PA)
Could Be: David Bass, DE, Missouri Western St
Round 6 (Pick No. 31)
Pick: Quanterus Smith, DE, Western Kentucky
Could Be: Micah Hyde, CB, Iowa
Round 6 (Pick No. 32)
Pick: Vince Williams, ILB, FSU
Could Be: T.J. Barnes, DT, GT
Round 6 (Comp Pick)
Pick: Braden Brown, OT/G, BYU
Could Be: Vernon Kearney, CB, Lane
Might Be: Matt Stankiewitch, C, Penn State
Round 7 (Pick No. 32)
Pick: Courtney Gardner, WR, Sierra College
Could Be: Marcus Davis, WR, VT
Round 7 (Comp Pick)
Pick: Luke Wilson, TE, Rice
Could Be: Sean Refree, Duke, QB
During the first round I still have Arthur Brown as the Ravens' pick, but Kevin Minter is another name to keep in mind. Minter is from LSU, is 6 feet tall and weighs 246 pounds. At LSU, he showed great anticipation and blitz abilities, but is not exactly a hitter. A sure-handed tackler, he sometimes lacks the physicality some teams like in the middle. Scouts have compared him with Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans.
One scout didn't like my #MockTwo draft for the Ravens on Mockone.net. But, never discouraged, we went on to the War Room version for #MockThree. Here was the tally.
Note: Draft occurred before free agency and compensatory picks. All grades were assigned as if free agency hadn't occurred yet.
Round 1 (Pick No. 32, 32nd overall)
Choice: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
Round 2 (Pick No. 32, 62nd overall)
Choice: Kyle Long, OT, Oregon
Round 3 (Pick No. 32, 94th overall)
Choice: Kiko Alonso, ILB, Oregon
Round 4 (Pick No. 32, 126th overall)
Choice: Duke Williams, S, Nevada
Round 5 (Pick No. 32, 158th overall)
Choice: Ace Sanders, WR, South Carolina
Round 6 (Pick No. 32, 190th overall)
Choice: Khaled Holmes, C, Southern California
Round 7 (Pick No. 32, 222nd overall)
Choice: Rontez Miles, S, California (Pa.)
Analysis from Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout)
Damontre Moore just seems like a Baltimore Ravens' type of pick, and by holding tight at pick No. 32 the team got a potential steal from Round 1. The back-to-back Oregon picks of Kyle Long and Kiko Alonso are two selections I really liked. Long can play guard or tackle and is a potential starter at left guard in this offense. Alonso is an athletic freak who can play inside linebacker in a 34 or 43 set. Duke Williams' coverage skills make him a potential starter at free safety in Round 4 and fills a big need for speed and depth in an aging secondary. Ace Sanders feels like a reach in Round 5, but adding speed to this roster is a need. He probably could have been had a full round later. Picking up depth at center and safety to close out the draft help with the many needs of this aging roster. The money picks in Rounds 1, 2 and 3 really set the tempo for an all-around solid Baltimore draft.
It was a solid draft overall, which this scout liked. Onward to #MockFour at Mockone.net, and I am once again in the War Room, so follow along. So far here is what we have done...a few trades:
Pick Overall Choice Notes
1.22 22 Keenan Allen, WR from California
We opted to move up 10 spots to secure our top offensive player available. Keenan Allen is our top receiver in the draft and he can be plugged in right away next to Torrey Smith. The all-around talent could become Joe Flacco's favorite target.
2.32 62 John Jenkins, DT from Georgia
We needed to fortify the defensive line, and Jenkins is a solid pick here. He can provide depth, and be an eventual replacement to Terrence Cody, who has underachieved so far in his career.
4.15 109 T.J. McDonald, S from Southern California
Targeting both safety positions was one of the main goals entering the draft for the Ravens. That process has begun with the selection of McDonald. The lengthy, versatile safety could ideally play either safety position, but projects as a free safety and can be a starter.
4.29 123 Jon Bostic, ILB from Florida
Having Bostic available here is an ideal scenario. With two starting vacancies at inside linebacker on the Ravens, Bostic can come in and be a starter. He's a talented all-around defender who helped lead the Florida Gators defense last season.
The NFL Draft is now only 33 days away. A new first-round mock draft will be out next week.
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Addition Of Elvis Dumervil Could Change Ravens' Draft Needs
By Ken Zalis
Elvis has entered the building. The Ravens agreed to terms with defensive end/outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil on a five-year contract worth up to $35 million.
Dumervil will return to being a 3-4 outside linebacker in Baltimore. He enjoyed his career-best season as a 3-4 rush linebacker in Denver, leading the NFL with 17 sacks in 2009. Don "Wink" Martindale, the Ravens' linebackers coach, was on Denver's staff during that season.
Terrell Suggs and Dumervil together -- this could be fun.
So how does the Dumervil signing affect the draft? Well, for the Ravens, maybe not that much. There are still needs at safety, inside linebacker, tackle and wide receiver. Maybe with the signings of Chris Canty, Marcus Spears and now Dumervil, the Ravens can cross off defensive linemen or rush ends, such as Damontre Moore or Datone Jones, from their list.
The Ravens are known for taking the best player available, so nothing will be off the table, but the focus could change a bit now with the loss of Paul Kruger to the Browns nullified. Maybe safety Michael Huff will join the team this week as well.
Mockone.net Update For #Mockfour
The war room moved up in round one to get receiver Keenan Allen from California. We moved out of round three and still got targets T.J. McDonald, a safety out of Southern California University, and Jon Bostic, a linebacker from Florida. Add in Johns Jenkins, a defensive tackle from Georgia late during round two, and so far, so good for this war room.
Go to Mockone.net or follow #mockfour on Twitter to follow along.
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Michael Huff Signing Reduces Chance Of Ravens Drafting Safeties
By Ken Zalis
Michael Huff is now a safety for the Baltimore Ravens. He agreed to a three-year, $6 million deal March 27, which is solid considering former Raven Ed Reed got $6 million for the 2013 season from the Texans.
So let's see, Elvis Dumervil and Huff for Paul Kruger and Reed. Hmmm ...
How do the signings affect the draft?
Baltimore will still take the best player available at No. 32 during the first round, but they could move up for a left tackle. It's also possible that tackles such as D.J. Fluker and Terron Armstead could fall to the end of the first round and be good targets for the Ravens.
The options are endless, but with 28 days left until the draft, the picture for Ravens fans may be getting clearer. Get better on defense and tweak the offense by getting faster and younger. Sounds like a solid plan to me.
It seems more and more likely the Ravens will take a linebacker at No. 32 if they stay there. Arthur Brown and Kevin Minter are still high possibilities.
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