Given that we have so many young guys, so many guys on IR and probably 11 draft picks i'd like to see them trade into next year like maybe a 3 and a 4 for somebody's 2 next year. I don't recall Oz ever doing that but belichek worked it very well for several years there. Once it gets going it seems like a team can continue in that vein if a good trade is available. Seems like the main problem is to have a stockpile of players and picks to get it started. Also next year Kruger and maybe Reed and Williams will bring decent comp picks and it doesn't likely that we will spend much on free agents this year.,
There's almost a 100 page thread dedicated to draft talk.
If the ravens do cut Boldin, and draft a TE early couldn't they possibly slide Pitta to the slot? He would fill boldins role very nicely as he is physical and can go up and get the ball? Honestly I think we should draft the top safety in the first, double dip at linebacker, get a nt and then a receiver. This is the draft to replenish the defense, the offense under Caldwell seems to be clicking and do not need many pieces except for a possible LT, which I do not think one will fall far enough for us to get one. We need speed, and pass rushers. I think safety is the most important need in this years draft. The Ravens are not going to sell a whole draft to get that immediate impact LT and I'm going to be pissed as hell if they draft Aboushi he was abysmal during sr bowl practice
How would you guys feel if we picked Jonathan Hankins with our first round pick?
I'm sure Boldin, Ozzie, and Harbs have all chatted and I'm sure they've let him know that there is a possibility that he may not be back with the Ravens next year unless they can figure out a contract extension. However, maybe they told him that they wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt and explore his options for his - potentially - last deal.
I want to see Boldin retire a Raven though. Inconsistency aside, when he's on, he is one of the best slot receivers in the game. Had Caldwell been calling the shots all season, I think Boldin easily would have surpassed 1,000 yards and 80 receptions.
I think there's an outside shot, I seem to remember Devon Still being listed as the best DT in last years draft at this time, and he went in the early second round to Cincy.
However, by the time the draft rolled around I'm pretty sure that Fletcher Cox was by and large considered the best DT prospect. The Chiefs took Dontari Poe first because he was a better fit (allegedly) for the 3-4 than Cox was.
IMO, after Cox, I thought Derek Wolfe was the best DT prospect. I REALLY wanted that guy as a Raven. In retrospect, he'd have been a good fit here.
So, you're point is definitely valid. Things change in a short period of time.
Hankins could definitely see his stock drop a bit with a poor combine/interviews.
Don't sleep on Jesse Williams either, he's probably more of a 2nd round pick. He can play both DE and NT in a 3-4 and is expected to break the combine record for the most reps on the BP test. He is pretty athletic and can move well for a big guy. Wouldn't mind him in the second round personally. We need to upgrade our Dline more so than our Oline IMO.
The NFL is all about speed, penetration, and disruption, and moreso on the defensive line than anywhere else. I'm not saying Jesse Williams isn't a good player, he is, but he doesn't collapse the pocket or penetrate and he's not fast. It doesn't mean he's not going to make it in the NFL but he's a run stopper only so he's not worth an early pick no matter what.
If the Ravens want to get a big-bodied nose tackle in the earlier rounds (which I don't really want them to do because I think they should totally abandon the 3-4 two-gap scheme) the guy I would want is Brandon Williams. He's a very good nose guard prospect, but he can play anywhere on the interior line as a 3-4 NT or DE or 4-3 DT. He actually brings some real pass rush/pocket collapsing threat as well unlike Jesse Williams.