2nd Round Pick 35 : DE/OLB Courtney Upshaw – Alabama
2012 BCS National Championship Game Defensive MVP
First-team All-American (2011)
First-team All-SEC (2011)
I think this is a great pick. They traded back and got the guy they wanted and an extra pick. Upshaw will probably have a chance to compete for the open spot of former Raven Jarret Johnson. It gives the Ravens another big pass rusher which is a player you can’t have enough of.
2nd Round Pick 60: G/T Keleche Osemele – Iowa State
2009 All Big 12 second team
Osemele will be competing for former Raven Ben Grubbs spot. He will also compete at right tackle. This is another versatile lineman for the Ravens to use.
3rd Round Pick 84: RB Bernard Pierce – Temple
Mid-American Conference Freshman of Year, 2009
With Ricky Williams retiring, this could be the guy to take the role as 2nd back.
4th Round Pick 98: C/G Gino Gradkowski – Delaware
A fun fact for you is that this is Bengals QB Bruce Gradkoski’s brother. How he’s a NFL lineman and his bro is a QB, I don’t know. Very different body types. Anyway, this guy will also be competing for the open guard spot, but in the long run he will probably end up being the guy at center when Matt Birk retires.
4th Round Pick 130: S Christian Thompson – South Carolina
Thompson has the opportunity of a lifetime to learn from 1 of the best safeties of all time in Ed Reed. Hopefully Reed can teach him well so he’s ready to fill a big role when Reed retires.
5th Round Pick 169: CB Asa Jackson – Cal Poly
Although he came from a small school, this guy looks to be a great special teams player.
6th Round Pick 198: WR Tommy Streeter – Miami
Streeter is a big target at 6’5” 215 lbs. This could be a huge steal for the Ravens. But if he doesn’t pan out as a good NFL receiver, then he will probably be a great special teams player.
7th Round Pick 236: DL DeAngelo Tyson – Georgia
He’s a great run stopper but does not have much success at pass rushing. The Ravens have a good amount of talented depth on the D-line so I don’t see this guy making the team.
This draft class for the Ravens will help fill some spots and make the team younger and faster. Let’s see how we do on another super bowl run.