Will Recent Acquisitions Change the Ravens Draft Strategy?

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How might the Elvis Dumervil signing affect the Ravens draft strategy?

Or what about Michael Huff?

Well, for the Ravens, maybe not that much.

Ozzie Newsome & Co. are known for taking the best player available, so nothing will be off the table.  However the focus could change a bit now that the loss of Paul Kruger to the Browns has been nullified. Perhaps the addition of safety Michael Huff may curb their appetite for a safety.

That said safety remains a need just as the positions of inside linebacker, offensive tackle and wide receiver are all needs. 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.

For the moment the team has 12 picks in the 2013 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.

It appears doubtful that the Ravens will make all 12 picks, but assuming they do here is snapshot of how their draft could play out. One note, this list was compiled before the Dumervil signing but given the Ravens’ “best player available” credo, this signing should 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

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4 Raves on “Will Recent Acquisitions Change the Ravens Draft Strategy?

  1. Voice of Reason on said:

    I doubt that it changes the plan too much. I think that Ozzie had a general idea as to what he was going to pick up in FA. Plus, Ozzie’s MO has always been to use the draft to pick up as much raw talent as he can, and use FA/trades to plug in holes. I think that availability and eagerness of trade partners will affect the draft more than anything.

    • Mike on said:

      Because we play a hybrid defense is he’s is probably the best inside linebacker prospect in the draft.

      I wouldn’t mind this draft except for Swearinger. He is terrible and in no way worth a 2nd. Would rather take Eric Reid if he is available.

  2. Bruce_Almty on said:

    I have no problem with any of the top 4 linebackers in the 1st round. However, our biggest need ( imo ) is LOT; so if Oz chooses that route, Menelik Watson, Florida St., Terron Armstead, Ark-Pine Bluff, or even Barrett Jones, Alabama may be worth trading back for. Travis Kelce, TE, Cincy in the 2nd and Ray-Ray Armstrong, SS, Miami (Fla) in the 4th might be doable also.

    Very nice article Ken.
    Thanks.

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