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    NBC Sports Pre-Draft NFL Lineup Rankings



    6. Baltimore Ravens

    QB: Joe Flacco
    RB: Ray Rice
    FB: Vonta Leach
    WR: Torrey Smith
    WR: Jacoby Jones
    TE: Dennis Pitta
    LT: Michael Oher
    LG: Jah Reid
    C: Gino Gradkowski
    RG: Marshal Yanda
    RT: Kelechi Osemele

    Offensive Overview: The Anquan Boldin trade will have less of an impact than popular opinion insists. A mid-range to low-end NFL No. 2 receiver, Boldin has only seven touchdowns over his last 33 regular season games and does not separate from coverage. Playoff stardom understood, Boldin actually had an inhibiting effect on Baltimore's pass game at times over the past three years. The Ravens will lean more on Smith and Pitta, and 2012 sixth-round receiver Tommy Streeter could add a new dimension. Streeter runs 4.34-4.40 at 6-foot-5, 220. Oher is listed at left tackle, but he'll go back to the right when Bryant McKinnie returns on an incentive-laden deal. Osemele looks like a future All-Pro left guard. Ultimately, Baltimore is banking on Flacco, Rice, Bernard Pierce, Smith, Pitta, and Jim Caldwell to carry its offense into the future.

    LE: Chris Canty*
    RE: Arthur Jones
    NT: Haloti Ngata
    ILB: Jameel McClain
    ILB: Albert McClellan
    OLB: Terrell Suggs
    OLB: Elvis Dumervil*
    LCB: Lardarius Webb
    RCB: Corey Graham
    FS: Michael Huff*
    SS: James Ihedigbo

    Defensive Overview: Talking heads overrate Baltimore's offseason losses because the Super Bowl champs are in the spotlight. But GM Ozzie Newsome is used to replacing from within. Since the compensatory process began in 1994 – Newsome took over in '96 -- no team in football has received more compensatory picks than the Ravens, which is because no team has "lost" more free agents. A healthy Suggs and Webb will go a long way toward solidifying the pass defense, and Ngata will play more nose with Canty, Jones, Marcus Spears, and Pernell McPhee rotating on the ends. Pairing Suggs with free-agent steal Dumervil gives Baltimore the NFL's premier edge-rushing tandem. They'll work in a three-way rotation with 2012 second-rounder Courtney Upshaw, terrifying offenses. Though never an elite tackler, Huff is one of the league's best center-field cover safeties. Talking heads also fail to mention the 2012 Ravens finished a middling 17th in total defense. With Dumervil aboard and 12 draft picks at Newsome’s disposal, there's every reason to believe they'll be better in 2013.

    http://www.rotoworld.com/articles/nf...-rankings?pg=1




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    Interesting read. I think that is about right. On the overall list I think the 49ers are better than the Broncos because they're younger and more physical. The 3 to 7 range feels interchangeable as each team has their weaknesses.

    The Broncos feel like an injury from falling off a cliff to me.




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    Re: NBC Sports Pre-Draft NFL Lineup Rankings

    IMO, this is one the most logical breakdowns I've seen from a 3rd party source in a long time. This is what journalism should look like....analysis-based versus shock-based.




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    Re: NBC Sports Pre-Draft NFL Lineup Rankings

    Quote Originally Posted by LukeDaniel View Post
    IMO, this is one the most logical breakdowns I've seen from a 3rd party source in a long time. This is what journalism should look like....analysis-based versus shock-based.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LukeDaniel View Post
    IMO, this is one the most logical breakdowns I've seen from a 3rd party source in a long time. This is what journalism should look like....analysis-based versus shock-based.
    Agree. I dare say... Informative?
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    Re: NBC Sports Pre-Draft NFL Lineup Rankings

    I thought it was interesting that the writer just states matter-of-factly that "Oher is listed at left tackle, but he'll go back to the right when Bryant McKinnie returns on an incentive-laden deal."

    I hope that this is what happens in the short-term (barring one of the top three LT prospects falling into out lap), however it's anything but a certainty.




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    Quote Originally Posted by dc369 View Post
    6. Baltimore Ravens

    QB: Joe Flacco
    RB: Ray Rice
    FB: Vonta Leach
    WR: Torrey Smith
    WR: Jacoby Jones
    TE: Dennis Pitta
    LT: Michael Oher
    LG: Jah Reid
    C: Gino Gradkowski
    RG: Marshal Yanda
    RT: Kelechi Osemele

    Offensive Overview: The Anquan Boldin trade will have less of an impact than popular opinion insists. A mid-range to low-end NFL No. 2 receiver, Boldin has only seven touchdowns over his last 33 regular season games and does not separate from coverage. Playoff stardom understood, Boldin actually had an inhibiting effect on Baltimore's pass game at times over the past three years. The Ravens will lean more on Smith and Pitta, and 2012 sixth-round receiver Tommy Streeter could add a new dimension. Streeter runs 4.34-4.40 at 6-foot-5, 220. Oher is listed at left tackle, but he'll go back to the right when Bryant McKinnie returns on an incentive-laden deal. Osemele looks like a future All-Pro left guard. Ultimately, Baltimore is banking on Flacco, Rice, Bernard Pierce, Smith, Pitta, and Jim Caldwell to carry its offense into the future.

    LE: Chris Canty*
    RE: Arthur Jones
    NT: Haloti Ngata
    ILB: Jameel McClain
    ILB: Albert McClellan
    OLB: Terrell Suggs
    OLB: Elvis Dumervil*
    LCB: Lardarius Webb
    RCB: Corey Graham
    FS: Michael Huff*
    SS: James Ihedigbo

    Defensive Overview: Talking heads overrate Baltimore's offseason losses because the Super Bowl champs are in the spotlight. But GM Ozzie Newsome is used to replacing from within. Since the compensatory process began in 1994 – Newsome took over in '96 -- no team in football has received more compensatory picks than the Ravens, which is because no team has "lost" more free agents. A healthy Suggs and Webb will go a long way toward solidifying the pass defense, and Ngata will play more nose with Canty, Jones, Marcus Spears, and Pernell McPhee rotating on the ends. Pairing Suggs with free-agent steal Dumervil gives Baltimore the NFL's premier edge-rushing tandem. They'll work in a three-way rotation with 2012 second-rounder Courtney Upshaw, terrifying offenses. Though never an elite tackler, Huff is one of the league's best center-field cover safeties. Talking heads also fail to mention the 2012 Ravens finished a middling 17th in total defense. With Dumervil aboard and 12 draft picks at Newsome’s disposal, there's every reason to believe they'll be better in 2013.

    http://www.rotoworld.com/articles/nf...-rankings?pg=1
    Remains to be seen, but Boldin sure looked good when he had an offensive coordinator who knew how to use him.




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    Re: NBC Sports Pre-Draft NFL Lineup Rankings

    Quote Originally Posted by dc369 View Post
    6. Baltimore Ravens

    QB: Joe Flacco
    RB: Ray Rice
    FB: Vonta Leach
    WR: Torrey Smith
    WR: Jacoby Jones
    TE: Dennis Pitta
    LT: Michael Oher
    LG: Jah Reid
    C: Gino Gradkowski
    RG: Marshal Yanda
    RT: Kelechi Osemele

    Offensive Overview: The Anquan Boldin trade will have less of an impact than popular opinion insists. A mid-range to low-end NFL No. 2 receiver, Boldin has only seven touchdowns over his last 33 regular season games and does not separate from coverage. Playoff stardom understood, Boldin actually had an inhibiting effect on Baltimore's pass game at times over the past three years. The Ravens will lean more on Smith and Pitta, and 2012 sixth-round receiver Tommy Streeter could add a new dimension. Streeter runs 4.34-4.40 at 6-foot-5, 220. Oher is listed at left tackle, but he'll go back to the right when Bryant McKinnie returns on an incentive-laden deal. Osemele looks like a future All-Pro left guard. Ultimately, Baltimore is banking on Flacco, Rice, Bernard Pierce, Smith, Pitta, and Jim Caldwell to carry its offense into the future.

    LE: Chris Canty*
    RE: Arthur Jones
    NT: Haloti Ngata
    ILB: Jameel McClain
    ILB: Albert McClellan
    OLB: Terrell Suggs
    OLB: Elvis Dumervil*
    LCB: Lardarius Webb
    RCB: Corey Graham
    FS: Michael Huff*
    SS: James Ihedigbo

    Defensive Overview: Talking heads overrate Baltimore's offseason losses because the Super Bowl champs are in the spotlight. But GM Ozzie Newsome is used to replacing from within. Since the compensatory process began in 1994 – Newsome took over in '96 -- no team in football has received more compensatory picks than the Ravens, which is because no team has "lost" more free agents. A healthy Suggs and Webb will go a long way toward solidifying the pass defense, and Ngata will play more nose with Canty, Jones, Marcus Spears, and Pernell McPhee rotating on the ends. Pairing Suggs with free-agent steal Dumervil gives Baltimore the NFL's premier edge-rushing tandem. They'll work in a three-way rotation with 2012 second-rounder Courtney Upshaw, terrifying offenses. Though never an elite tackler, Huff is one of the league's best center-field cover safeties. Talking heads also fail to mention the 2012 Ravens finished a middling 17th in total defense. With Dumervil aboard and 12 draft picks at Newsome’s disposal, there's every reason to believe they'll be better in 2013.

    http://www.rotoworld.com/articles/nf...-rankings?pg=1
    Excellent read. This is a guy who did his homework before sitting down to write this. Wish more media members did that.
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    Re: NBC Sports Pre-Draft NFL Lineup Rankings

    Good read, and sounds a lot like many Ravens fans who know the team well.




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    Re: NBC Sports Pre-Draft NFL Lineup Rankings

    Wow whoever wrote this knows his stuff, such a breathe of fresh air to see this written by someone who knows what he's talking about.




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    Quote Originally Posted by LukeDaniel View Post
    IMO, this is one the most logical breakdowns I've seen from a 3rd party source in a long time. This is what journalism should look like....analysis-based versus shock-based.
    I love when i see it, but sadly its rare.
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    Ozzie knows games are won in the trenches. He decided he wanted to upgrade the d-line and Boldin was a casualty.




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    Quote Originally Posted by steelerhater View Post
    Remains to be seen, but Boldin sure looked good when he had an offensive coordinator who knew how to use him.
    I agree that it remains to be seen. Not only are we losing the dominance he displayed in Caldwell's scheme, but we are also losing a veteran presence and leader from out of that receiving corp. Its nice the we have the youth and the speed at WR but we lost a mentor. And Flacco loses a guy with experience and grit. Going back to Mason and Heap, Flacco has always had a dependable vet to throw to. Its going to put a lot more pressure on him and he is going to have to carry the young guns. I'm not saying he isn't up to the challenge, but its going to be a new situation for him. We will see.
    Last edited by ballhawk; 04-02-2013 at 03:59 AM.




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    Quote Originally Posted by ballhawk View Post
    I agree that it remains to be seen. Not only are we losing the dominance he displayed in Caldwell's scheme, but we are also losing a veteran presence and leader from out of that receiving corp. Its nice the we have the youth and the speed at WR but we lost a mentor. And Flacco loses a guy with experience and grit. Going back to Mason and Heap, Flacco has always had a dependable vet to throw to. Its going to put a lot more pressure on him and he is going to have to carry the young guns. I'm not saying he isn't up to the challenge, but its going to be a new situation for him. We will see.
    I think Pitta will do well in the "dependable veteran role."
    And to replace Boldin we have:
    Jacoby
    Doss
    Laquan W
    Streeter
    D Thompson
    D Reed
    Pitta (IF Dickson or a draftee steps up at TE)

    Maybe just wishful thinking, but I think it's reasonable to assume that one or more of the above will be more than adequate.




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    Quote Originally Posted by LukeDaniel View Post
    IMO, this is one the most logical breakdowns I've seen from a 3rd party source in a long time. This is what journalism should look like....analysis-based versus shock-based.
    Crazy right. I had to do a double take. Great to read something like that.




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