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.