Who will the Ravens draft with the first pick? Check out the Senior Bowl Saturday.

January 25, 2008 |

For those searching for a football game during the Super Bowl bye week, check out the Senior Bowl tomorrow at 4pm ET from Mobile, AL. That is if you have the NFL Network. This is the biggest and best of the college all-star games. Draft talk is right around the corner, heck it has already started for Baltimore. Who are the Ravens going to take with the first pick? Ahhh, the most asked question between now and Draft Day. I decided to google “NFL Mock Draft” to see what comes up and here are some of the better NFL Draft sites and their first round prediction for the Ravens at the No. 8 pick:

Great Blue North Draft Report – QB Brian Brohm, Louisville
Draft Daddy.com – DE Derrick Harvey, Florida
NFL Draft Blitz – QB Matt Ryan, Boston College
College Football News – QB Andre’ Woodson, Kentucky
Draft Countdown – QB Brian Brohm, Louisville
NFL Draft Dog – QB Brian Brohm, Louisville
Walter Football.com – QB Andre’ Woodson, Kentucky
Consensus Draft Services – QB Matt Ryan, Boston College
Draft King – QB Brian Brohm, Louisville
Scouts, Inc. – QB Brian Brohm, Louisville

Out of these ten draft sites, nine of them have the Ravens taking a QB with Brohm, Woodson or Ryan. One of the main questions I receive concerns the comparison between two players from the state of Kentucky with Brohm and Woodson. Call them system QBs if you must, but Brian Brohm is the better of the two. He has a stronger arm and is a stronger player period. Neither can run with the ball, but then again neither is exactly lacking scrambling ability in the pocket. Woodson has a nice touch on his passes but they tend to be a little soft. Yes, he set the NCAA all-time record for the number of attempts without an interception, but it wasn’t until the end of his junior season he started picking up the offense and much of the Wildcats’ passing offense was based off of the short game. Brohm on the other hand is a four-year starter and one of the most heralded recruits to ever come out of the state. His team’s defense was so bad in 2007 as the losses started to pile up and people lost site of the fact Brohm is the best “pure passer” in college football with the best arm. Especially when going downfield, which is what the Ravens need. Could he be another Raven QB bust much like former Louisville player Chris Redman? Sure he can because there are no superstar/franchise type QBs in this draft from what we can tell right now.

Would I take a shot with Brohm? Yes, however I’m actually of the opinion that the Ravens should draft to fill other needs and take a shot with another QB in the later rounds. More on that over the next month of course.

But if you can get the Senior Bowl on TV, you can check out Woodson. His play at practice this week, along with that of Colt Brennan; have left coaches scratching their heads. Basically, they did nothing but hurt their stock. The two big surprises have been Chad Henne from Michigan and the 6’5 QB Joe Flacco from Delaware. I have seen Flacco play and it would not surprise me if he turns out to be the best QB in this 2008 Draft as time shows us down the road. I also believe that Erik Ainge from Tennessee is another QB that can make it as a starter at the next level.

If the Ravens are seeking a CB with their first pick, understand that this is a very deep draft in terms of the CB and WR, which means Baltimore could do as well in the later rounds with this position.

In closing, here were the best 15 performances we saw from this week’s Senior Bowl practices:

1. Southern Cal DT Sedrick Ellis
2. California WR Lavelle Hawkins
3. LSU WR Early Doucet
4. California RB Justin Forsett
5. Tennessee State CB/FS Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
6. Jordan Dizon LB Jordan Dizon
7. Maryland DT Dre Moore
8. Indiana CB Tracy Porter
9. Florida WR Andre Caldwell
10. Troy CB Leodis McKelvin
11. Arizona State C Mike Pollak
12. Penn State LB Dan Connor
13. Virginia Tech OLB Xavier Adibi
14. Southern Cal OG Drew Radovich
15. Michigan QB Chad Henne