2009 Ravens Mock Draft

April 24, 2009 |

Here is my 2009 Ravens Mock Draft as discussed on the Bob Haynie Show today. What is most important is noting the top players still available with each round when the Ravens pick. I have used the ESPN.com complete Mock Draft pick-by-pick to determine who could still be available when the Ravens are on the clock.

1ST ROUND – 26TH PICK OVERALL
CB Vontae Davis – Illinois (5-11, 203)

Possesses ideal height and is thickly built for a corner. Also possesses outstanding top-end speed for the position. Didn’t miss a game with an injury in three years as a starter. Elite closing burst, especially when receivers catch the ball in front of him. Shows a second gear when tracking the ball downfield and fast enough to recover when gets caught out of position. Quickly recognizes run and can be extremely aggressive in run support. CONCERN: Multiple sources have said that he lacks proper respect for coaches and he only works hard when he’s in the mood to do so. Vontae’s brother is 49er TE Vernon Davis, who is currently underachieving in the NFL.

Here are the players I feel have the best shot at coming to Baltimore. I am fairly confident one of them will be selected barring a massive surprise drop by another top caliber player.

OTHER OPTIONS CONSIDERED
1. TE Brandon Pettigrew – Oklahoma State
2. WR Kenny Britt – Rutgers
3. WR Hakeem Nicks – North Carolina
4. ILB Rey Maualuga – USC
5. CB Darius Butler – Connecticut
6. OT Eben Britton – Arizona

 

2ND ROUND – 25TH PICK – 57TH OVERALL
DE Michael Johnson – Georgia Tech (6-7, 266)

Johnson started all 13 games of the 2008 season finishing with 46 tackles including 17.5 tackles-for-loss and nine sacks. He also broke up seven passes, recovered a fumble and forced three fumbles. Johnson earned first team All-ACC honors in 2008. Tall but far too lean, Ravens can fix that. Quick enough to turn the corner at the NFL level; he closes well and can deliver the big hit. Plays too high and gets driven off the ball too much. Sideline-to-sideline run defender, good for this Ravens scheme.

My total surprise pick of the draft…I don’t feel there is much value in this round. If the Ravens seek a WR that can play right away, they need to address this in the first round. Otherwise, the best available receivers are 5th and 6th round values.

OTHER OPTIONS CONSIDERED
WR Brian Robiskie – Ohio State
TE Jared Cook – South Carolina
TE James Casey – Rice
CB Sean Smith – Utah
CB DJ Moore – Vanderbilt
OT Phil Loadholt – Oklahoma (6’8, 332) *if he falls to this spot
Exceptional height, bulk and wingspan but his top-end speed is marginal. Another Jared Gaither, but also played left tackle at Oklahoma.

 

3RD ROUND – 24TH PICK – 88TH OVERALL
TE Chase Coffman – Missouri (6-6, 244)

Finishes his career as Division I record holder for receptions by a tight end (247). Hands are outstanding. A reliable target. Will make the tough catch in traffic. He’s tougher than expected. He’s willing as a blocker and will get ‘chippy’ at times when challenged. He also is a fearless route runner and a tough to bring down after the catch. CONCERN: He’s lean and has below average overall strength. Plays with a narrow base and really struggles to sustain blocks after locking on. This is his biggest area of weakness.

Coffman doesn’t look to be the kind of TE the Ravens are looking for. Pettigrew is a blocker, not a playmaker with the ball. But if they want a TE that makes a difference in the passing attack for Flacco, he is it.

OTHER OPTIONS CONSIDERED
WR Mike Thomas – Arizona
DE Brandon Williams – Texas Tech
OLB Marcus Freeman – Ohio State
CB Mike Mickens – Cincinnati
CB Victor “Macho” Harris – Virginia Tech

 

4TH ROUND – 23RD PICK – 123RD OVERALL
ILB Scott McKillop – Pitt

He is one of the best tacklers in this draft. Squares up, wraps upon contact and flashes the ability to deliver the big hit. Started all 13 games in 2008 accumulating 137 total tackles and four sacks. McKillop also intercepted two passes and broke up four passes. He earned first team All-Big East honors as well as AP second-team All-American honors in 2008. Developed into a vocal leader of the Panthers’ defense on and off the field. Extremely hard worker.

OTHER OPTIONS CONSIDERED
RB Javon Ringer – Michigan State
WR Juaquin Iglesias – Oklahoma (pronounced WAH-keen EE-glay-see-us)
TE Travis Beckum – Wisconsin
S Mike Hamlin – Clemson
ILB Gerald McGrath – Southern Miss
ILB Darry Beckwith – LSU

 

5TH ROUND – 26TH – 162ND OVERALL
WR Austin Collie – Brigham Young (6-1, 200)

Collie appeared in 13 games catching 106 passes for a total of 1,538 yards and 15 touchdowns. Footwork and savvy are excellent. (Take a look at the double move he throws at cornerbacks). Isn’t going to run by many NFL corners, but neither is Hakeem Nicks.

WR Tiquan Underwood – Rutgers (6-1, 184) (second option)
Adequate height and above-average top-end speed but slim. Vertical speed is top notch but his separation skills not quite the same. If we are looking to stretch the field he is our guy.

OTHER OPTIONS CONSIDERED
OT Robert Brewster – Ball State
OT Andrew Gardner – Georgia Tech
OG Anthony Parker – Tennessee
ILB Worrell Williams – California
DT George Hypolite – Colorado

 

6TH ROUND – 25TH – 198TH OVERALL
WR Aaron Kelly – Clemson (6’4, 204)

The late steal of the draft for somebody. Started all 13 games in 2007 finishing with 88 receptions, 1,081 receiving yards. Started all 13 games in 2008 recording 67 catches for a total of 722 yards. Above-average top-end speed. Has excellent height and can add bulk to his frame but too lean at this point. Jump ball advantage and stretches the field.
OTHER OPTIONS CONSIDERED
The “Holy Cow I cannot believe he went undrafted” List
QB Graham Harrell – Texas Tech (almost) probably gets picked late.
QB David Johnson – Tulsa
WR Patrick Turner – USC
TE Cornelius Ingram – Florida
TE Darius Hill – Ball State
OT Ryan Stanchek – West Virginia
OT Dallas Reynolds – BYU
DE Nick Reed – Oregon
DT Matt Kroul – Iowa
MLB Derek Nicholson – Florida State
MLB Maurice Crum – Notre Dame
CB Joe Burnett – UCF
S Tremaine Goddard – North Carolina

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