2013 NFL Draft: Ravens Select John Simon


November 3, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (2) gets a pass away as he is tackled by Ohio State Buckeyes defensive lineman John Simon (54) at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

The Ravens have Stuck with defense again and used their fourth round pick on Ohio State Defensive lineman John Simon.

This pick raises eyebrows because Jesse Williams is still on the board after being projected as a first round pick until very late in the draft process. Simon is another guy the Ravens will add to their rotation at DE if he bulks up, and is a pass rusher if he slims down and moves to OLB.

Simon is a big time high motor guy who finished his Big 10 career with 20.5 sacks. Simon isnt an option on defense right away, but he could develop into a situational guy down the road, right now he is an instant special teamer and probably a darn good one. I still am not sure I support the choice to take Simon over Jesse Williams, but Simon was also a value player projected by many to be a third round pick. The Ravens have added more bodies to their front 7 which was clearly a focus this offseason with the additions of Simon, Chris Canty, Marcus Spears, Arthur Brown, Elvis Dumervil and Brandon Williams.

I believe the Ravens would have used this pick on Louisiana Tech Wide Receiver Quinton Patton had the 49ers not sniped him one pick earlier.