What round are these 2 players projected at? I'm torn because DT is the biggest need on this team followed closely by MLB. I want Cj Mosley but it seems that MLB is deep this year and DT is not. Who are some solid late DT prospects? We need another passrusher opposite Suggs, we've all been saying that for years. Seems like we have so many needs or wants and not enough picks, these comp picks this year will be huge!
The defense does not have as many holes as people think. They have basically been playing most of the year without McPHee and Suggs. Ngata has also been banged up. With those guys back they need depth at DE and NT. They need a replacement for Lewis if Ellerbe is back. They need a replacement for Reed. On the Oline the only thing they should pick up is a true LT. They have enough RTs and Guard potential guys. They need to determine if Gino can play center. At a minimum they need need a back up C. Also may need a corner depending on Webb, Williams and Smith development.
Not sure I would use a first rounder on a LB that could not rush the QB. Ball Hawking play maker at safety if one is available.
Considering how cap strapped they may be after signing Flacco (or tagging him), they may not be able to shell out 7.5 mill for Boldin.
The reality on Boldin is 1) a replacement FA of comparable or better performance will be pricier, 2) Doss's durability is still in question, 3) we do/will have the picks to trade for a vet WR, 4) there is some pretty good top end talent coming out, but not as much depth as the past 2-3 years.
I'll stop there b/c my phone is fritzing...
We've discussed this quite often, Boldin is a very solid player, just not worthy of that cap #, he doesnt really seperate and that isnt gonna do anything but get worse at his age. I'd much rather keep Jacoby at his # for next year, continue to develop Doss and maybe add a shifty slot guy in the draft.
Ellerbe has really blossomed as a player and i'd hate to lose him because Mcclain makes too much.
Not sure how ready Gradkowski will be by next year but Birk hasnt been very good so if they could bulk Grad up during the offseason and let him gain experience and take his lumps maybe he could be serviceable in year 2.
Jacoby could also be a casualty. He is due to earn $4 mill next year.
I'd actually like to see them rework his deal so he is here for another 2 years after this year and lower his cap number.
Not sure if you guys saw this but Brandon Jenkins from Florida St. is entering the draft despite the injury.
The Ravens aren't going to cut Boldin. The cap strapped thing is a little exaggerated around here, we are said to be 15 million under the cap going into 2013. Cut Bobbie Williams, Jameel McClain, and Matt Birk, and you have more than enough to sign Flacco or at least franchise him. The funny thing is, it's all speculation from this board on what Flacco is really going to get paid, people have even said as much as what Brees got, which IMO wouldn't be fair on the Ravens because Flacco simpy hasn't been as good as Brees and hasn't won a SB. If Flacco wins a SB this year, I say he deserves a Eli Manning/Be Roethlisberger type deal.
The point is, we should be able to keep Boldin, and should be able to re sign Flacco. All we need then is to stock up on the defense through the draft, and sign some reasonably priced vets, ala Cory Redding.
I think we will build mostly through the draft as always but under this scenario it would put alot of strain on this year's draft. Who plays FS next year? Will Grad be ready at C? Who plays corner, especially if Webb isnt ready? Whose the NT? Can we retain Ellerbe, Kruger, etc. Could use a bit more flexibility...