Ravens Mock Draft – Value Board

April 25, 2008 |

RAVENS MOCK DRAFT

PICK #1
ROUND 1 – 8th pick overall

1. QB Matt Ryan – Boston College (if available)
6-4 1/2, 228 lbs., 4.88 speed
31 TDs and 19 INTs in 2007, pass efficiency rating #61

2. QB Brian Brohm – Louisville (this is my personal #1 QB on the board)
6-4, 224 lbs., 4.69 speed
30 TD and 12 INTS in 2007, pass efficiency rating #8, the best pure passer in the draft. This is obviously my personal choice and I don’t see the Ravens even considering him at this point.

3 . CB Leodis McKelvin – Troy
5-10, 190 lbs., 4.38 official combine 40 speed
One of the most electrifying return men and cornerbacks in the nation over the last 4 years. He tied the Division 1-A record with 8 total return TD while setting the collegiate records for total returns (211) and total kick return yards (3,817). As a return man, McKelvin has had a prolific career. As a corner, McKelvin is a work in progress.

Raven’s Options:
OT Ryan Clady – Boise State
DT Sedrick Ellis – Southern California
QB Joe Flacco – Delaware (could trade up for another first round pick)

I firmly believe that if Matt Ryan is not available, the Ravens go with either Clady or Ellis. Flacco will not be available in all likelihood with the Ravens’ next pick. Which means Michigan QB Chad Henne could be the second round choice.

 

PICK #2
ROUND 2 – 38th pick overall

1. CB Antoine Cason – Arizona
6-0, 191 lbs., 4.48 speed
The 2007 Thorpe Award winner started his very first college game at Arizona as a true freshman and never looked back. He was so good in his first season that teams were already throwing away from him by his sophomore year. A true shutdown corner! If he is available when the Ravens pick here, no way should they pass on him.

OTHER TOP OPTIONS ON MY VALUE BOARD
2. OT Sam Baker- Southern California (left tackle)
6’5, 305 lbs.,
Anthony Munoz said that USC’s Sam Baker was the best NFL Prospect that he has ever seen. Not far off from Jake Long. Baker, a 4-year starter, played through injuries most this past season with sore ribs and a tight hamstring. USC’s third-ever 3-time All-American.

3. WR Early Doucet – LSU
5-11, 205 lbs., 4.47 speed
The top two senior wide receiver prospects at this point are Early Doucet (LSU) and Limas Sweed from Texas. Sweed has the size at 6 foot 4 inches, but Doucet has the edge in speed, refinement and athletic ability.

4. TE Dustin Keller – Purdue
Best TE in the draft and should be available. Given the health of players on the roster, not a bad choice.

5. Chad Henne – Michigan
If the Ravens do not get a QB with the first pick, which is highly likely as Ryan gets taken earlier, Henne is probably the logical choice here assuming Flacco is gone. And he will be gone.

 

PICK #3
ROUND 3 – 99th pick overall (last pick of Round 3)
***problem is that OT is short at this point. If Collins is not available with the last pick of this round, Ravens are left scrambling for a position of need.

1. Anthony Collins – Kansas
6-5, 317 lbs. (right or left tackle)
Came out early as a junior. Collins was selected as an Associated Press first-team All-American and Outland Trophy finalist in his final season. Collins will likely need at least a year of polishing before he’s ready to contribute in the NFL. His footwork is spotty. If developed properly, Collins can emerge as a solid starting tackle (probably better suited at ROT in the NFL) a year or two from now.

OTHER TOP OPTIONS ON MY VALUE BOARD
2. LB Vince Hall – Virginia Tech
3. WR DJ Hall – Alabama
4. DE Marcus Howard – Georgia
5. DT DeMario Pressley – NC State (the most underrrated DT in the draft, likely gone by early third round)
6. RB Matt Forte – Tulane

 

PICK #4
ROUND 4 – 106th pick overall

1. ILB Beau Bell – UNLV
6-1, 244 lbs., 4.63 speed
Ravens have been looking at this guy, shooting up the board as of late. However, he’s an instinctive run defender who tackles reliably, can get to the quarterback when asked to blitz and can hold his own in zone coverage. Bell started all 12 games at weak-side linebacker and finished the season with 126 tackles (9.5 for losses), three sacks, five forced fumbles, three pass breakups and four interceptions (one of which he returned for a touchdown)

OTHER TOP OPTIONS ON MY VALUE BOARD
2. ILB Vince Hall – Virginia Tech
3. OLB Jordon Dizon – Colorado
4. TE Jacob Tamme – Kentucky

 

PICK #5
ROUND 4 – 133rd pick overall

1. C Steve Justice – Wake Forest (if available – a steal) Best blocker in the ACC
6-3, 293 lbs.
As a senior, Justice received the ACC’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy, awarded annually to the league’s top lineman. Justice is a blue-collar player that uses quick feet, technique and work ethic to mask his lack of ideal size, power and explosiveness. Though he is not an ideal fit for every team, Justice displays enough potential to develop into a starter for a zone-blocking offense. A steal at this pick.

OTHER TOP OPTIONS ON MY VALUE BOARD
2. QB Paul Smith – Tulsa (my sleeper QB)
3. DB Simeon Castille – Alabama
4. WR Davone Bess – Hawai’i
5. OLB Wesley Woodyard – Kentucky

 

PICK #6
ROUND 6 – 173rd pick overall

1. WR Marcus Monk – Arkansas
6-4, 222 lbs.
T all and well built but still has room on his frame to get bigger if necessary. He has extremely reliable hands. Size creates lots of mismatches, especially in the red zone. Few receivers in the nation have softer hands. missing six of the Razorbacks’ first seven games following two offseason knee surgeries. Bottom line: Monk is one of the biggest wide receiver prospects in the 2008 senior class, he moves well for his size and he’s just fast enough to stretch the field.

OTHER TOP OPTIONS ON MY VALUE BOARD
2. WR Dorien Bryant – Purdue (a great possesion receiver)
2a. WR Dexter Jackson – Appalachian State (if available – a smaller DB with better results for stretching the field)
3. DT Eric Foster – Rutgers
4. S Dominique Barber – Minnesota (the Ravens need a safety where depth is thin)
5. WR Adarius Bowman – Oklahoma State *(if he fell this low, would be a steal)

 

PICK #7
ROUND 6 – 206th pick overall

1. DE Titus Brown – Mississippi State (a perfect fit for the Ravens scheme)
6-2, 246 lbs., 4.7 speed
Brown’s lack of size makes him a liability as a run defender when he’s lined up at end and his struggles in coverage thus far give little reason to be optimistic about his chances of developing into an every-down outside linebacker. On the other hand, there aren’t many elite pass rushers in this year’s draft class and while Brown lacks elite closing speed, he has the burst, athletic ability and upper body strength to make an impact as a situational pass rusher.

OTHER TOP OPTIONS ON MY VALUE BOARD
2. WR Jason Rivers – Hawai’i
3. DE Kenny Iwebema – Iowa

 

PICK #8
ROUND 7 – 215th pick overall

1. DT Frank Okam – Texas
6-4, 347 lbs.
As a senior in 2007, he started all 13 games at strong-side defensive tackle and finished the season with 52 tackles (11 for losses), five sacks, a force fumble and five pass breakups. Okam flashes the mobility and power to dominate the interior but his motor is far too inconsistent and he’s having problems keeping his weight down.

OTHER TOP OPTIONS ON MY VALUE BOARD
2. OT Mike Gibson – California
3. OG Hercules Satele – Hawai’i
4. SAF D.J. Wolfe – Oklahoma

 

PICK #9
ROUND 7 – 240th pick overall

1. RB Lance Ball – Maryland
5’9, 223 lbs., 4.5 speed
Can play FB!

OTHER TOP OPTIONS ON MY VALUE BOARD
2. WR Todd Blythe – Iowa State
3. OT Kirk Barton – Ohio State
4. S Marcus Watts – Kansas State

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