I received an email from Jon over at nflmocks.com, who has a story up reviewing the 2006 NFL Draft. He is on the part of grading the AFC Northraft picks after four years of play by the draft picks. If you remember, this is the Baltimore Ravens team under the first year of the late Steve McNair, where the Ravens went 13-3 and were one of the favorites to make the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, another emotionally crushing defeat to the Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs derailed those plans.
However, this was the same year that the team traded up in the Draft with the Cleveland Browns to grab University of Oregon defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. All Ravens fans know that was their gem of a pick that year, as Ngata has now reached Pro Bowl levels and we think he is as good, if not the best, defensive tackle in the game. If current Ravens rookie DT Terrence Cody comes anywhere close to Ngata's success, this team could be stuffing the run for many years to come.
NFLmocks.com gives the Ravens a decent grade for their 2006 draft class, but not the highest in the division.
To read the full story, click here.
In addition, they have just posted their first Mock Draft of the 2011 Draft, basing it on predictions of where the teams will finish the season. The good news is that they have the Pittsburgh Steelers picking 11th, meaning they will be around .500 at best or below for the season. The bad news is that they have the Baltimore Ravnes picking 26th, meaning they will make the playoffs but lose in the second round once again. For their record, they have the Indianapolis Colts picking 31st and the Minnesota Vikings picking last, meaning they see Brett Favre returning to lead the Vikings to the "Promised Land." Click here to see story.