Re: New draft/FA/offseason thread
28. Baltimore Ravens (9-3) Barrett Jones, OT/G/C, Alabama (6’5” 311lbs). This isn’t a flashy pick, but it is a necessary one. The Ravens offensive line really is not very good. Maybe that is by scheme or maybe that is because the talent just isn’t there. Regardless, the LG and C position really need to be addressed. They drafted Gino Gradkowski last year, but who knows if he would be ready to step in and be a starter next year. Jones is a jack-of-all-trades lineman. He is an outstanding run blocker and provides nice balance as a pass blocker. The thing that I think Baltimore would really value in Jones is that every position he played on the offensive line in college he worked hard and excelled at. Previous Pick: CJ Mosley.
29. New England Patriots (9-3) Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama (6’3” 320lbs). The Patriots are going to have to start planning for life after Tom Brady and that is going to include having a nice young OL for whoever the QB is to step up behind. Nate Solder and Sebastian Vollmer look like keepers, but Logan Mankins has contemplated retirement in the past and has been dealing with some nagging injuries. Warmack is an outstanding run blocker and can really anchor down as a pass blocker. Previous Pick: Dallas Thomas.
30. Denver Broncos (9-3) Kawann Short, DT, Purdue (6’3” 310lbs). Short has been an outstanding player for Purdue this season and consistently blows up plays in the backfield. Along with being a run stopper, he provides a solid pass rush as well. The Broncos really need to consider bolstering the interior of their DL because the guys they currently have just aren’t very good. Previous Pick: Jon Jenkins.
31. Atlanta Falcons (11-1) Jon Cooper, OG, UNC (6’3’ 300lbs). Garrett Reynolds is an “ok” guard and it is likely that Peter Konz is going to eventually shift over to center, so at some point they’re going to need to address the guard positions. Cooper is very underrated and has been absolutely dominating the ACC this year. He plays with excellent technique and may be the best pulling guard in this draft. Previous Pick: DeAndre Hopkins.
32. Houston Texans (11-1) Keenan Allen, WR, Cal (6’2” 215lbs). Allen has surprising speed and quickness for a receiver who is nearly 220lbs. He runs nice routes and catches the ball well in traffic. Allen also brings some nice YAC ability. Andre Johnson is getting up there in NFL years and while he is still good, you have to wonder how long he can sustain a high level of play. Furthermore, Houston really needs to get a complimentary receiver opposite of Andre Johnson because Kevin Walter really isn’t that good. Previous Pick: Terrance Williams.
Last edited by wickedsolo; 12-12-2012 at 08:32 AM.
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