in 24 hours, the draft will be underway. if you believe the reporting of Gay Glazer, the Chiefs will probably have already selceted Eric Fisher and the Jags or Raiders will be on the clock. So what will the Ravens be doing? prepping for a giant trade? waiting patiently? watching psych? maybe so. Here is my best guess though.
Round 1, Pick 10(from Tennessee)- Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
Because why not. Rumors have swirled today that the Ravens are poised to strike if Lane Johnson slips at all and this is their chance. The Cardinals insiders all say the Cards are happy with their OTs and they would rather have an impact defender so If The Raiders pass on a tackle, then it becomes likely that Johnson could fall out of the top 10. The Ravens know if they want him that he wont get past San Diego at 11 so getting him at 10 is the best they could hope to do. If there is any credence to todays rumors, this is the scenario that will play out tomorrow night. The Ravens trade their 1st(32) and 3rd(94) round picks this year and next years 1st and 4th rounders. This is similar to the trade the Falcons made for Julio Jones(2 1sts, a 2nd, 2 4ths) but the value is a bit lower because the 10th pick is worth less than the 6th, and top 10 teams are trying so desperately to trade out because of the weak draft at the top and increased mid round value.
Round 3, Pick 74(from San Fran)- Sio Moore, ILB, UConn
The Ravens trade again, this time going backwards in a trade with San Fran. The Ravens net a 5th rounder and a swap of 6th and seventh rounders(san fran 180 for BAL 238) for the trade back. Moore is probably a player the Ravens are targeting anyway so this is a solid deal. Moore played all over the place at UConn but projects as an ILB in the NFL. The move gives the Ravens some depth inside and another competitor and a very versatile guy.
Round 4, Pick 129- Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno St.
Thomas could go higher than this, but injury concerns push him down and the Ravens snag a future starter at S. Thomas is probably the most complete FS in this draft. He could be a monster steal.
Round 4, Pick 130(compensatory)- Chris Harper, WR, Kansas St.
Harper has been linked to the Ravens more than maybe any other player in the draft. The Ravens reportedly absolutely love him. One scout said he beleives the Ravens have a first round grade on Harper. He isnt expected to come off the board until the late 4th or 5th round so that lines up here. Harper is a Boldin clone. Not great speed but hyper physical and strong with the ball in the air.
Round 5, Pick 157(from San Fran)- Keith Pough, ILB, Howard
The Ravens have met with Pough multiple times and are reportedly very high on him. this is a little before he is projected to come off the board, so the Ravens reach a little but they get the guy they want. Pough is another competitor on the inside of the Ravens defense.
Round 5, Pick 165- Traded
The Ravens ship this pick off in exchange for a 2014 4th rounder, recouping the pick the lost trading for Lane Johnson. The Ravens already had the 49ers extra 5th rounder, so a trade completely out of this pick makes sense.
Round 5, pick 168(compensatory)- Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama
Barrett Jones is a second or third round talent, but scouts project him to slide to much later because he is expected to miss, at best the first 6 games of the season as he sits on the PUP list. Jones is a future investment, but he will eventually add depth and a potential starter to the Ravens interior line. He also could potentially play RT if the Ravens were to lose Michael Oher in free agency next year.
Round 6, Pick 180(from San Fran)- Robert Lester, FS, Alabama
I like Lester a lot. Ozzie likes Alabama guys a lot. Lester is projected more or less in this range and the Ravens could use more depth at safety so the pick makes sense. Lester also has a lot of potential and will likely be one of the best players remaining at this point.
Round 6, Pick 199(from San Fran)- Demetrius McCray, CB, Appalachian State
McCray is a long rangy corner who will be drafted lower than he should because he comes from a small school. McCray is a good project corner with the size the Ravens love in their corners.
Round 6, Pick 200- Dennard Robinson, Athlete, Michigan
Someone is going to take a chance on him, the Ravens have a billion picks even after trading up in the first so why not. Robinson can play RB or WR and will compete as a returner so Jacoby Jones might be able to play more on offense.
Round 6, Pick 203(compensatory)- Tommy Bohanon, FB, Wake Forest
The Ravens are likely to either cut or not resign Vonta Leach within the next 12 months. They need a backup plan there.
Round 7 Pick 247(compensatory)- Marquess Wilson, WR, Washington St.
Wilson has some character questions, but he is undoubtably the best player left on the board at this point so he is worth a chance here.