Its time to dust off an old classic, The Ravens most wanted list. Long time readers might remember this from the past 2 years. basically this is a list of what i think are the Ravens top five targets in the first and second rounds. We start at 5th target in the 2nd round and work our way all the way down to the number 1 first round target. Lets get it going!
You can consider these top 2 guys as basically being tied for the most wanted player. Guy #2 is DJ Swearinger, the hard hitting safety from South Carolina. Guy #1 will be revealed tomorrow afternoon(come back to see who it is!)
DJ Swearinger is one of my favorite players in the draft. He is also one of the safest players in the draft. Swearinger is going to start in the league and be a good player for years to come. He is also an extremely versatile guy. He spent time at every secondary position while he was at South Carolina. His best pro position is probably strong safety, but he could play free safety or slot corner in a pinch.
Swearinger is a big big hitter. He will lay anyone in his zone out. He probably will need to adjust his game some to fit the NFL rulebook, but juat like every other defender in the league, he will adjust and be fine. He has good, not great zone coverage skills, but is much better in man coverage. In college he played very well when matched up against TEs, but he might be undersized to handle most TEs in the NFL.
Because Swearinger is so safe, there is a good chance some team falls in love with him and takes him way higher than this, but I think the Ravens would be elated to see him fall in their laps.
Swearinger will probably never be a perennial pro bowler, but he is the type of player you plug into your defense and forget about the position for the next 10 years because you know he has it taken care of(kind of like Jarrett Johnson). Great Great role player. He is not afraid to do the dirty work of the defense.
Here Is the Rest of the Ravens most wanted. You can also check out the ebonybird.com draft page for more on the draft prospects.
5. Sio Moore
4. Justin Pugh
3. Eric Reid
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