With the 8th pick……..

April 26, 2008 |

My first hope would be that Matt Ryan would fall to the Ravens. I still think there is a remote chance that it could happen, but if he is not there, I would go with Branden Albert.

I think he makes sense for the Ravens, and it would be a local kid coming back home to play. Albert went to Glen Burnie Senior

The reason for that pick in my opinion is the following:
          Ogden is not coming back
          I honestly think there is a chance that Jason Brown will be the center before it is all said and done, making Marshal Yanda the other
          Jared Gaither has not drawn rave reviews from some Ravens staff members this offseason
          There is a lack of depth on the offensive line, especially at the tackle position with only Yanda, Terry, and Gaither
          Albert is said to be a offensive line coach’s dream because he can play both the tackle and guard position, but thought to be a better tackle at the NFL level
The other pick that I could see the Ravens taking would be Keith Rivers of USC. Rivers is clearly the best linebacker in this draft and would be a nice understudy to learn under Ray Lewis. Rivers wore jersey No. 55 at USC, which is not just a number they give to anyone. Chris Claiborne, Junior Seau, and Willie McGinest, are just a few of the outstanding linebackers at USC to wear that number.