As far as free agents, Chris Clemons could be interesting (Miami Dolphins right now).
As far as free agents, Chris Clemons could be interesting (Miami Dolphins right now).
Ok, so I'm not sure what happened to my post on page two...weird...
Ideally, I would like to see the Ravens looking into the following free agents (assuming they hit free agency):
I'd also like to point out that we aren't 100% on what the cap projection will be, so obviously that will impact any free agent shopping. I don't expect Ozzie to all of a sudden take a page out of Dan Snyder's playbook and sign every big name out there. These are just key guys who I think are reasonable projections (monetarily and logistically) who would sincerely help this team get better.
1. OT Will Svitek, currently with Atlanta. Did a solid job starting in Atlanta in place of Sam Baker last year. At worst, he'd be excellent back up and competition for Oher (or whoever) at LT.
2. OT Ryan Clady, currently with Denver. I'd be surprised if he made it to free agency, but apparently he and Denver aren't seeing eye to eye contractually and John Elway may decide to move on. Clady would be on my short list and he'd be worth it.
3. OG Evan Dietrich-Smith, currently with Green Bay. I think he is one of the more underrated guards in the league. He's no Allen Faneca, but he's a solid player. Probably wouldn't command too much money either.
4. OLB Connor Barwin, currently with Houston. I'm pretty sure every 3-4 defense out there is going to be looking at Barwin. I'm not sure if Ozzie would sign any FA OLB's right now considering they'll probably try to re-sign Kruger, they'll be getting McAdoo back and they, of course, used a 2nd rounder on Upshaw. Still, Barwin is a heck of a player and I don't see Houston being able to keep him, which is why they drafted Mercilus.
5. DT/DE Ricky Jean-Francois, currently with San Fran. Experienced 5-technique DE/DT. Average pass rusher, but decent player against the run. He probably wouldn't cost too much and he'd be an upgrade over Art Jones and would allow McPhee to go back to being a situational pass rusher, which suits him better IMO.
6. DT Henry Melton, currently with Chicago. I'm pretty sure the Bears will re-sign him, but if they don't he may be interesting. He was a DE in college, but bulked up into the 290's and has played well as an interior pass rusher. I'm not sure how he'd fit in a 3-4 scheme, but he does a nice job pushing the pocket and keeping Chicago's linebackers clean.
7. S Chris Clemons, currently with Miami. He's an under the radar type of guy, but he's been a solid starting safety for Miami. At worst, he'd be excellent depth and can play free and strong.
Draft: (I can only hope Baltimore is picking at spot 32, but I do realistically think that picking after 25 is probable)
Round 1 - Manti T'eo is the obvious buzz pick right now and he should be, but I'd be surprised if he lasted into the 20's. I think these guys are much more likely scenarios:
Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan (6'8" 310lbs) - Prototypical LT size. Solid footwork and a good run defender.
Dallas Thomas, OG, Tennessee (6'5" 311lbs) - Started at LT for the Vols last year and moved to LG this year and hasn't missed a beat.
Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame (6'5" 330lbs) - Can play anywhere on the DL in a 3-4. Has the size to play NT, but would offer much more as a pass rusher than Terrance Cody or Art Jones. Plus, he is only 20 years old.
TJ McDonald, FS, USC (6'2" 209lbs) - Rangy, good ball skills, and tackles well. Nice upside.
Tony Eiffert, TE, Notre Dame(6'6" 259lbs) - Like it or not, the Ravens could seriously consider someone like Eiffert here. Probably the best all-around TE in this draft. He blocks like Pettigrew, but can be a passing attack fixture like Gronkowski. Ed Dickson sucks and while Pitta is great, Eiffert is a better blocker, bigger, arguably just as fast, and has more upside.
Rounds 2-5 - Probably will look at guys like the following:
Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia (6'3" 235lbs) - rangy and athletic
Gerald Hodges, ILB, Penn State (6'2" 235lbs) - maybe the closest thing to someone like Darryl Washington in Arizona. Very underrated.
Shane Skov, ILB, Stanford (6'3" 250lbs) - Slowly showing signs of his old self prior to his injury. Intelligent and sound fundamental player.
Chase Thomas, OLB, Stanford (6'4" 245lbs) - Tough run defender. Sets the edge well. Decent in coverage.
Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor (6'5" 335lbs) - Lots of upside.
Casius Marsh, DE, UCLA (6'4" 295lbs) - Plays kind of like Adam Carriker. Nice 5-tech lineman.
Brandon Bishop, FS, NC State (6'2" 200lbs) - Very underrated safety. NC State has some nice players this year.
Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia (5'9" 175lbs) - Local guy, big time play maker, return specialist, vertical speed.
Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M (6'1" 200lbs) - Solid route runner/possession guy with deceptive speed. Great hands.
Travis Long, OLB, Washington State (6'3" 255lbs) - Ideal 3-4 OLB. Has had a couple of games with multiple sacks this year. Underrated.
Brett Steinkuler, DE, Nebraska (6'6" 295lbs) - Kind of a boom/bust player, but the upside is there as a run defender.
Rounds 6&7 - probably look at some fliers/sleepers/developmental guys:
Brandon Jenkins, DE, Florida State (6'3" 265lbs) - probably was one of the top rated pass rushers in the country before getting hurt.
Joe Vellano, DE, Maryland (6'1" 285lbs) - I love this guy. He is undersized, but he is always around the ball and constantly playing plays. If he were 6'3" or 6'4" he'd probably be considered for 3rd or even 2nd round projections.
Trevardo Williams, DE, UCONN (6'3" 233lbs) - Don't know if any of you (maybe GOTA?) has seen UCONN play this year, but I've seen two games and this kid is CONSTANTLY in the back field. As a pure pass rusher from a 3-4 OLB spot...he'd be pretty nasty.
Jordan Reed, TE, Florida (6'3" 245lbs) - Ed Dickson sucks. Ravens really need to find another TE who can catch passes.
Michael Williams, TE, Alabama (6'6" 265lbs) - He's more of a run blocking TE, which Baltimore may find intriguing, but he's athletic too and can catch.
Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt (6'3" 200lbs) - nice size/speed combo. Kind of plays like a Miles Austin or Jerome Simpson.
Back to Navorro Bowman
Why do you think its such a stretch? In order to sign bowman, theyll need at least 9 mill/year. They already have patrick willis at 7.5/year.
They are not going to have 17 million dollars/year going to both of their linebackers. Especially when they have alex smith to sign, dashon goldson, etc.
I do not see Navorro Bowman staying with the 49ers when they already have patrick willis.
We will also have decisions to make. Ed reed may be gone, Ray Lewis may be gone and thats about 13-14 mill/year right there. Jameel McClain may even be gone, if he doesnt step it up this year.
It is not a wacky thought to think that Navorro Bowman could end up on the Ravens. Not when we have a salary cap.
However, if we are in the position to draft manti teo or another top LB... I dont see us doing so, obviously
No way the Niners let Bowman go.
Obviously the 49ers dont want Bowman to walk, but its the same situation that houston was in this off-season with Mario Williams. Theyd love to have them both, But having 2 LBs at 2 of the highest salaries for LBs in the league on the same team? Thats not a good use of funds, when they could use help elsewhere, considering they have a lot of 1-year contracts this year.
Their big contracts right now is Patrick Willis, Frank Gore, Justin Smith, and maybe Vernon Davis. They don't have a ton of money involved in their secondary, their stud OLB pass rushers are a rookie (Aldon Smith) and a guy in his 2nd contract (Ahmad Brooks), so neither of those guys are expensive either. On the other side of the ball most of their guys are in rookie deals or very affordable deals, including Alex Smith. Even if the Niners do retain Alex Smith next year he won't command nearly the money that Flacco or other young QB's entering contract years will command.
The point is, the Niners could afford Bowman if they want to.
This off season the team needs to part ways with the big dollar older players. It is time to turn over the roster. These are the players I would part ways with: Boldin, Birk, McKinnie, Lewis, Reed, Jameel McLain, BA and Maake.
There is a good nucleus of veteran players to lead the transition. If this season falls apart it will make it easier. Of course there better be some coaching changes as well.
I love Manti Teo from ND but I doubt he is going to be there when the Ravens draft. It seems to be a strong draft for DT. I would really like to see the Ravens get a true LT in the first round. It is a deep defensive draft.
I see a huge problem in that we face two conflicting realities:
1) We need to fill a LOT of holes on the D (fewer on the O), almost certainly through the draft
2) Our recent draft history has not been a confidence builder:
Kruger, Kindle, Cody, McPhee, Art Jones, Jimmy Smith (?), Tavares Gooden.
Oz/FO at fault? Maybe they made bad picks. Or maybe we drafted pretty good guys, but did not have the coaching to develop them (McPhee, Cody, Cary Williams, Jimmy Smith?) or mis-developed them ( Kruger, Cary Williams, McPhee, Jah Reid?)
Current status -- especially D -- says we need a huge draft. Recent history says . . . glass half empty. Lots of you guys follow the team and the game more closely than I do. I hope to be proven wrong.
If we end up drafting Baccari Rambo I'm going to pee myself
Likely won't have a shot at him.
And this probably belongs in the fixing the defense thread...
i would definately get a Rambo jersey.
He would have to wear a red head band under his helmet....
He's going in the top10 IMO. I love the guy, but don't think we'll see him in purple n black :/. Never know tho!
This guy is going in the top ten for sure, I can easily see a team like the Redskins getting him, or even trading up for him. The thing is, he's probably the best ILB prospect coming out of college since Patrick Willis. This may sound a little crazy, but even though the ILB position is devalued these days, guys like Manti Teo are the exception, and if teams feel he is going to be a Patrick Willis/Ray Lewis type player on their team (which I think is possible giving how his senior season is going and how he's handled his very unfortunate situation losing his loved ones.) teams are going to go after him like mad.
If he falls for whatever reason, I'd be over the moon for him to land to us.
They drew first blood...not me.
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Wow guys, I knew Michael Mauti was GOOD, but not this good. Very very similar player to Sean Lee from what I've seen, would certainly settle for this guy in the 2nd round if we miss out on Teo.
Anyone, and I repeat, anyone who can run the passer consistently, will have a dramatic effect on the defense. If they can set the edge then all the better.