In my last blog, I had a request for me to write about the NFL draft. Well, I don’t think that anyone will mistake me for Mel Kiper but I’ll do my best.
I’ve read and heard a few mock drafts recently and here some of the names that stood out as possibilities for the Ravens:
Brandon Pettigrew (Oklahoma State)
Darrius Heyward-Bey (Maryland)
Aaron Maybin (Penn State)
Vontae Davis (Illinois)
All four of these men have been linked to positional needs for the Ravens. Out of those four, my personal preference would Heyward-Bey from the Terps, not just because of his local ties, but I would like to see Joe Flacco have more weapons to throw to. I don’t think the Ravens have enough cap space or desire to trade draft picks to acquire Bouldin from the Cards or Crabtree from Texas A&M.
I have heard and read a lot of speculation about Pettigrew. He might be a possibility since he has kind of a rep of being more of a blocking tight end and that seems to be how Cam Cameron like to utilize tight ends.
Maybin may be brought in to bolster their pass rush. Vontae Davis will have the talent to be a “shutdown” corner, but the Ravens and other teams have been scrutinizing the “character” of players and Mr. Davis has had some issues in that area. And I personally don’t believe the theory that #52 or anyone else in the locker room will straighten out a player. They are too busy trying to craft their own game, getting playing time and getting paid to worry about babysitting a rookie.
Someone asked me about Pat White from West Virginia after hearing about the Ravens working with him. I don’t see him coming here but you never know and that is the point of the whole draft. No one knows. Someone always trades up or down. I think that it will be interesting to see whether or not Detroit uses their first pick and whether or not there will be drama with a player being selected to go there.
This Saturday, I will covering a doubleheader of UMBC baseball for an online station, but I will keeping up with the draft on the WNST text service and if you don’t already, you should too.
Finally, I would like to once again thank Nestor and the staff of WNST for allowing me to participate in this contest. If I don’t make the cut, it has been a pleasure to do these blogs and I hope that you have enjoyed reading them. Thank you.