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.

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