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Another quick 5 round mock for the Ravens including 4th and 5th round compensatories (they might get better picks but I'm being conservative).
#1. Matt Elam, FS, Florida - the best possible successor to Ed Reed in the draft, the Ravens may very well need to move up to make this pick happen. There is no way the Ravens would pass up Elam at this point for any other prospect realistically available.
#2. Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State - Wheaton could certainly go high in the 2nd but I have him slotted late as I believe teams will reach for the many "big" receivers in the class and sub-6'0 players will be devalued. However, Wheaton is a phenomenal fit for the Ravens' offense and a fine player.
#3. David Quessenberry, OT/OG/C, San Jose State - Quessenberry's 6'5 295 frame is unimpressive, but he has the feet, athleticism, and technique to stay at LT in the NFL if he is developed correctly. The Ravens value positional versatility on the OL very highly, and the ability to play all 5 positions on the line could be very helpful to Quessenberry although I don't see him having the physicality or raw strength to be an impact run blocker on the inside.
#4. Sio Moore, LB, Connecticut - Moore is a very intriguing prospect with phenomenal athletic ability who became accustomed to being used in multiple roles in college. He is probably most at home as a 4-3 OLB, but could certainly be developed into any LB position including 4-3 and 3-4 MIKE.
#4 (compensatory). Kwame Geathers, NT, Georgia - Geathers is a very raw player who probably should have gone back to school for 2013, and his lack of refined technique will hurt his draft stock. He is a phenomenal athlete for 6'6 350, probably a project in the NFL, but at best he could push Cody/Kemoeatu for playing time immediately.
#5. Nick Kasa, TE, Colorado - A very raw TE prospect, Kasa would already be the best blocker at his position on our roster, but he brings surprising athleticism and quickness to the table as well. A very high upside prospect who will need to develop for at least a year or two.
#5. (compensatory) David Bass, DE, Missouri Western - A small-school prospect with big-school measurables (6'4 260 with huge 10 1/2 inch hands and 33 5/8 inch arms), Bass is going to have to prove a lot after playing against terrible competition, but there are plenty of scouts out there who feel he is one of the most physically impressive players in the entire class. Another sky-high upside pick.
generally like that draft.
While you say Kasa needs to develop, can he at least contribute immediately as a blocker next year? IF so, I like that sort of value pick.
I like Quessenberry assuming we miss out on the opportunity to trade up for Lane Johnson.
Now don't get upset. LOL
Deal Ray Rice, keep Reed, Ellerbee, Boldin, and possibly Kruger..........
Rice costs more in cap dollars off the team then ON.
Kruger is going to get drastically overpaid to play a position that our top draft pick from last year played admirably in his time here.
Reed is clearly on the downside of his career and not likely to take a reasonable deal.
I think it would make more sense to trade Pierce, assuming we could get a VERY high 2 or low 1. Maybe even if we trade Pierce and our natural 1 for a true Stud LT prospect like Fisher or maybe even Lane Johnson.
If you look at the teams who really need RB's there aren't too many in the top 15 that might be interested in trading a 1st rounder for Rice.
Maybe a 2nd, 3rd, and a 2nd in 2014.
The only RB I could see teams trading a 1st for is Arian Foster or Adrian Peterson. Even then...who knows because AP is what...28/29 years old?
Foster has a heart issue and is having open-heart surgery this offseason, so NO WAY.
IMO, Trent Richardson, Muscle Hampster and perhaps Bernard Pierce would garner the most in trade value. As, each has a relatively cheap, long deal and have littel mileage.
The team is well set up at the RB position for the future. Ray Rice is expensive, but Pierce is incredibly cheap; taken as a whole the position isn't terribly costly.
Ray Rice should last the majority of his contract which runs through 2016. Pierce is signed through 2015 and if he's not overused (doubt he will be), he can be resigned cheaply at that time and should step right in to replace Rice.
The RB position is really going to be a strength of this team in the years to come. Bernard Pierce may actually be the better pure runner, so I would like to see him get more of the hard carries between the tackles and to the edges. Ray Rice should be used like Marshall Faulk was used for the Rams during their glory days, running routes out of the backfield, blocking, and on misdirection runs/tosses/etc.
Yeah, I'm really hoping for Sharriff Floyd, Kawann Short, or Sheldon Richardson to drop to us, they are a perfect fit for what we need, and can slot right in next to Ngata.
1. Datone Jones (DE, UCLA)
2. Khaseem Greene (LB, Rutgers)
3. Stedman Bailey (WR, West Virginia)
4. Gavin Escobar (TE, San Diego State)
4. Terron Armstead (OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff)
5. Kwame Geathers (DT, Georgia)
5. Josh Evans (S, Florida)