Something tells me that the Ravens are going to draft either Minter or T'eo in the first round, and might move up to do it if need be.
I'd be okay with either. Minter is just such a stud IMO. I know Matt Elam is an attractive player, but I think we can find players in the 2nd round more comparable to Elam in the 2nd round with guys like Rambo, Jefferson, and Reid. There is no Minter in the 2nd round.
Like I said earlier, Minter might be one of the top 15 players in this draft, but he's undervalued given his position and the presence of some other guys like Ogletree and Teo. He is a 3 down player and him and Ellerbe in coverage would be formidable.
I'm gonna toss up a very quick version of my own, not to take any thunder away from the OP but just to present a competing version.
QB - Joe Flacco, Tyrod Taylor (2)
RB - Ray Rice, Bernard Pierce, Anthony Allen (3)
FB/HB - Kyle Juszczyk (R) (1)
TE - Dennis Pitta, Gavin Escobar (R), John Phillips (FA signing from Dallas) (3)
WR - Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith, Tandon Doss, Jacoby Jones, Tommy Streeter, Josh Boyce (R) (6)
LT - Bryant McKinnie, David Quessenberry (2)
LG - Kelechi Osemele, Jah Reid (2)
C - Gino Gradkowski, Joe Madsen (2)
RG - Marshal Yanda, Joe Madsen (1)
RT - Michael Oher, Jack Cornell (2)
DE - Arthur Jones, Pernell McPhee (2)
NT - Brandon Williams (R), Terrence Cody (2)
DT/DE - Haloti Ngata, DeAngelo Tyson (2)
RUSH - Terrell Suggs, Rob Jackson (FA signing from Redskins), Albert McClellan (3)
MIKE - Kevin Minter (R), Josh Bynes (2)
WILL - Dannell Ellerbe, Spencer Adkins, Nigell Carr (3)
SAM - Courtney Upshaw, Travis Long (R) (2)
RCB - Jimmy Smith/Corey Graham, Alan Ball (FA signing from Texans) (3)
LCB - Lardarius Webb, Chykie Brown, Asa Jackson (3)
SS - Bernard Pollard, Christian Thompson (2)
FS - Ed Reed, Earl Wolff (R) (2)
Specialists: K - Justin Tucker P - Sam Koch LS - Morgan Cox KR/PR - Jacoby Jones (3)
Practice Squad: FS Omar Brown, DT/DE Bryan Hall, G Antoine McClain, G/C Reggie Stephens, DE/OLB Adrian Hamilton, RB Bobby Rainey, WR LaQuan Williams, DE/OLB Michael McAdoo
Joe Flacco's new deal is done by the open of free agency on March 4th. Boldin and Jacoby are both extended and restructured. Dannell Ellerbe, Bryant McKinnie, and Ed Reed are all re-signed. Ed Dickson is traded for a 5th round pick. Leach, McClain, B. Williams, and Birk are cut. Kruger, Cary, and all our other FAs are allowed to walk. Other free agent signings are Alan Ball from the Texans, John Phillips from the Cowboys, and Rob Jackson from the Redskins.
Draft day trades: 3rd and (Dickson) 5th to move up in the 3rd for Escobar; 4th, 6th, and 7th to move up in the 4th for Quessenberry.
Draft picks: 1) Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU; 2) Brandon Williams, NT/DT, Missouri Southern 3) (trade up) Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State 4) (trade up) David Quessenberry, OT, San Jose State 4) (compensatory) Travis Long, DE/OLB, Washington State 5) Earl Wolff, S, NC State 5)(compensatory) Kyle Juszczyk, FB/TE/HB, Harvard 6) (compensatory) Josh Boyce, WR, TCU 7) (compensatory) Joe Madsen, G/C, WVU
Bmorecarefull thats a pretty decent roster too. I'd be happy with that.
Seems like Kevin Minter is everyone's favorite LB right now.
Is Kevin Minter Mike Minter's son?
I'm taking Ozzie at his word that he wants to get better straight up the middle. Minter is a beast and really jumps off the tape with his athleticism and toughness. Brandon Williams is a MONSTER, the guy broke all kinds of D-II sack records despite playing NT, he is everything Terrence Cody is not. Big and strong, with a GREAT motor who not only stops the run up the middle but gets a lot of pressure collapsing the pocket. He can also play 5-tech and 4-3 DT. You know, on second thought I might have gone too light on the DL and might need to add some guys.
After thinking about it really carefully over the last few weeks I think we need Ed Reed back. I really don't think there's a better option out there, even taking into consideration what Ed wants to get paid. I think something can get done there and I think the Ravens legitimately want him back, probably on like a 2-year deal or something.
Earl Wolff has A LOT of potential at FS, Travis Long could be a starting Rush after Suggs is done, Juszczyk can play FB, HB, and TE and is really athletic... that would be a knockout draft IMO.
If our pass rush and intermediate coverage improve the way they need to, the back end of the defense should be a strength of the team with Ed Reed leading the way. In my scenario Earl Wolff would be the likely successor to #20 around 2015 or so.
Wow, I'm sold on Brandon Williams. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=WGSMeSZXQdM Seems like the type of guy Ozzie and the FO loves.
You and I always seem to have some good debate, so let me play devil's advocate a bit with you here.
1) What does Josh Boyce's potential bring to our franchise that Deonte Thompson hasn't already?
2) If Minter and Kawann Short are both there at 32, who do you take?
3) What about Quessenberry makes him a better prospect than Ricky Wagner in your opinion? (not debating you, just trying to get a different POV)
4) Juszczyk is a guy I've heard little about. Do you think he'd even be drafted? Operating under your assumption from last night that Michael Williams will go later than my projection, why not just take him in this spot?
Brandon seems to be all over the place. I saw a couple of mock drafts that had him and Mathieu as the last two picks of the 2nd round.
I saw one (CBS sports) that had him ranked as their 71st best prospect (early-mid 3rd round)
Draftsite has his as their 103rd rated prospect (early 4th round)
Walter Football lists him as a 5th-7th rounder.
Did he get a combine invite?
CJ Moseley should have declared, he would have been the best ILB in this class.