The Ravens have only five draft picks as of right now because of their trade with Arizona for receiver Anquan Boldin. Here is a projection of what they will do with those five selections. Under the table, I’ll explain each pick.
|1||25||Jermaine Gresham||TE||Oklahoma||6’5”, 261 lbs.|
|2||57||Brandon Ghee||CB||Wake Forest||6’0”, 192 lbs.|
|5||156||Freddie Barnes||WR||Bowling Green||6’0”, 215 lbs.|
|5||157||George Selvie||DE||South Florida||6’3”, 252 lbs.|
|6||194||John Estes||C||Hawaii||6’2”, 295 lbs.|
Round One: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma: Gresham has been my pick for a while now. It looks like the Heap era is starting to end in Baltimore, as sad as that may be. L.J. Smith has done nothing to show that he can take over the starting job, and Gresham is as good as they come out of college, even though he missed all of 2009.
Round Two: Brandon Ghee, CB, Wake Forest: The Ravens’ secondary is such a jumbled, complicated mess right now. Lardarius Webb looked awesome, but is coming off of a torn ACL last season. Fabian Washington was superb in 2008, just alright in 2009 and is, you guessed it, coming off of a torn ACL last season. Domonique Foxworth was great as 2009 closed, and Chris Carr stepped up, but that can’t be expected next season. Ghee is talented, crazy athletic and would be a great pickup in the 2nd Round to solidify the secondary.
Round Five (156): Freddie Barnes, WR, Bowling Green: Barnes has been the subject of a lot of conversation recently. Some project him as high as the third or early fourth round, some say he’s too slow and won’t be drafted at all. What is known about Barnes is that he had a great career at BGSU. He didn’t participate at the combine, but went through pretty much every single drill at his Pro Day. The Ravens have added two receivers, but for depth and competition’s sake, Barnes could be a good addition to compete with Justin Harper, Demetrius Williams and other receivers. With Kelley Washington, Mark Clayton and Williams all being free agents (Clayton and Williams are restricted), the team could be losing up to three receivers, so keep that in mind.
Round Five (157): George Selvie, DE, South Florida: When you talk about a player whose stock drops, Selvie is the perfect example. After an incredible sophomore season at USF which put him among the elite prospects in college at that time, it’s been all downhill for Selvie. Nothing has gone right for him in workouts, Pro Day, et cetera, and his stock had taken a huge hit. Ozzie Newsome takes chances on guys like Selvie, who have been in a sense, kicked to the side of the road by other NFL teams, and in a lot of cases, especially on defense, Ozzie’s gambles pay off.
Round Six: John Estes, C, Hawaii: David Hale barely made the team last season, and Matt Birk isn’t getting any younger. We can’t say that Hale can’t do the job just yet, but bringing in another guy in Estes is good for depth and competition (sound familiar?) and Estes’ predecessor, Samson Satele, has been a successful NFL center.
UFA: Here’s a bold prediction: The Ravens will sign long snapper Clint Gresham out of TCU after he goes undrafted. He’s the consensus top long snapper in this year’s class and based on Matt Katula’s performance last season, anybody could be an upgrade, Gresham would be a life-saver.