On the FA front, I realized today that Terrance Knighton is a FA in 2013, and has been a very good NT for the Jags over the years on an underrated D. He wont be all that expensive, and would be a great solid move as IMO NT is still the biggest hole on this team. He brings a lot of pressure, but is truly an elite run stopper from the NT position.
You pair him with Ngata, and resign McBean, maybe draft a Sheldon Richardson, and hopefully a guy like DeAngelo Tyson steps up, the Dline then all of a sudden looks much better on paper at least.
That said, I can't see the Jags not re-signing him. I'd be surprised if they let him go.
A lot of guys have done it on our very own roster, Sizzle has done it, Upshaw showed up overweight, Ngata was rumored to be out of shape at the beginning of the offseason... shit happens. The weight thing doesn't totally put me off, it's not the worst thing in the world, at least this guy as no criminal history.
Valid point, but that still doesn't mean that he is destined for free agency. He's one of the Jags best players and considering how bad they are overall, I can't see that new owner just letting one of their best young players go. Out of that team, Daryl Smith is much more likely to be let go.
Knighton is an interesting case, he was benched recently by the Jags, not sure why but he is a load inside and is a better fit as a 3-4 NT as opposed to a 1 gap penetrator i believe the Jags are looking for. The fact that he was benched could should lower the price and maybe he'd sign a make good type of deal here.
Did some more research, CJ Mosley is the starter opposite Alualu now, certaintly smaller and more active defender. Better? Idk, kinda fits with the thought they wanted a guy that can get up the field.
The Ravens will have a nice stable of interior D-linemen to choose from in the first round if they want one.
A couple of people have mentioned Nix. He's a total stud, but I have a feeling he might be back at South Bend next year.
I've seen projections that as many as 8 DT/NTs might be first rounders next year, not even including Nix. If we could get either of the LSU DEs (Mingo or Montgomery) late in the first round, I'd be delighted. I think that might be a moderate case of wishful thinking though. Same with having the opportunity to draft Jenkins from Georgia, Hankins from Ohio St, or Lotulelei from Utah. Great thought, but I'm not sure any of that trio would be around in the late first round. Lotulelei next to Ngata would be a devestating wall of Utah muscle.
I think realistic defensive draft targets would be guys like Banks from Mississippi St (doubt we take a CB that high though), Jordan from Oregon, Williams from UNC, or Short from Purdue. I'm super high on Okafor from Texas too.
Don't count out Eric Reid from LSU either. It's not totally out of the realm of sensibility that we'd take a high quality safety since Reed may not be around in 2013.
9 pages! Lots of great info. I hope our personnel and scouts are doing their homework, too.
Anyway, this could be the most important free agency period for the Ravens in years.
They need to get Joe's deal done.
Decide if they will keep Ed or let him go.
IF they are going to keep him, then get all the deals done before free agency.
Then they know what they have and how much money.
Getting some high quality FAs before the draft, IMHO, is THE way to go.
There are a number of great players in the draft that could fill all the needs the Ravens have.
But we can't get them all.
So, free agency might determine how we pick in the draft.
Get a great DE in FA, then we can focus on ILB, NT and S on the defensive side.
If we decide to put Ngata back to NT, then we need two DEs.
To me, the biggest need is the front 7, starting upfront.
BUT, if there was a chance to get Teo, then do something to make that happen.
And fill a need at DE in free agency.
That is where it starts.
Clowney for South Carolina is very disruptive. I believe he's a sophomore, but he looks like the total package as far as a pass rusher.
I watched the Texas A&M vs Alabama game this weekend and I gotta tell you guys, there are some nice players for A&M as well.
Damontre Moore, DE, 6'4" 255lbs
Sean Porter, LB, 6'2" 230lbs
Kirby Ennis, DT, 6'4" 300lbs
Aggies have some legit NFL talent.
I would love to see Jake Matthews somehow wind up a Ravens offensive lineman.
I'm a bigger fan of Luke Joekel tbh. We don't need right tackles.
Courtney Upshaw seems to be rounding into a nice player. It's a shame Ozzie and Co. have to revisit an area of the team we initially thought was solid (DL), because we need help at IL bad.
I guess I am just a bit biased when it comes to Jake Matthews. Dude's pops was one of the best offensive lineman to ever play the game, regardless of position. Bruce Matthews was a monster and just absolutely vicious on the OL for the old Oilers and Titans.
Tyron Smith played RT his entire career at USC, he's starting for the Cowboys at LT today (albeit having a bit of a down year from what I hear.) Just because you play RT in college doesn't mean you can't play LT... and vice versa... just depends on the skill set.
I don't know that OT is DEFINITELY this team's biggest need. Michael Oher has been serviceable and could possibly get better if he had a better OL coach. KO could possibly play LT as well, and Jah Reid has been promising as a LG or RT, which provides good depth.
I'm much more inclined to look at some of the many outstanding defensive players in this year's first few rounds. Our biggest offensive need remains in coaching, not personnel.