With the season over for the Ravens, it is now time to prepare for the strenuous offseason that is in front of us. Not only does Ozzie Newsome have to worry about which of the many Free Agents will be back in purple, but he now also has to start figuring out the approach we will take in the 2011 NFL Draft. Over at Mocking The Draft, the mock drafts are coming in from all directions and now the 32 team blog wide live drafts have begun. I was able to participate in the first of many and here are the results that I had choosing for Baltimore in the first two rounds.
Round 1 - 26th pick - Anthony Castonzo - 6'7" 305 lbs - OT - Boston College
- It was apparent to all Ravens fans that by not having Jared Gaither in the lineup, we are just not as strong of a unit upfront. With the injury and contract concerns that Gaither has brought to this team, it is not a stretch to say that he will not be with this group next season. This now would seem to be our biggest priority due to the many players that had to play out of position. Castonzo has been the starting OT for Boston College since 2007 and has played in all 53 games since that time. A former tight end converted to OT, Castonzo has been one of the most consistent Tackles in all of college football the last few seasons. By making this selection, Baltimore can now move Marshall Yanda back to his natural position of RG and or possibly move Oher back over to RT where many think he is better suited playing.
- Highlights against Florida State and Highlights against USC
- Other players considered were DE Cameron Heyward, DE/DT Allen Bailey, DE JJ Watt, WR Jonathon Baldiwn.
Second round draft pick after the jump.
Round 2 - 58th pick - Leonard Hankerson - 6'3" 205 lbs - WR - Miami
- One of the tougher picks to make because of how many good players dropped to this spot, but Hankerson has been on my watch list for a while now. A big body WR who has gotten better year after year at Miami. A lack of stats in some games can be attributed to poor QB play, but when the ball is in Hankerson's hands, he is a play maker. With Boldin and Reed being the only WR guaranteed to return next year, it would be smart to add some much needed youth, size and speed to this WR group. Hankerson does it all as a WR and is alot faster than he may look in some games. The biggest knock on him has been inconsistency with catching the ball, but that is usually the case with all WR not drafted in the first round. Hankerson has everything else needed to be a great WR in this league and I think he could fit very well in this system as a down field threat, something we miss dearly.
- Highlights here and here.
- Really, the other player I strongly considered here was WR Titus Young from Boise State. Young is another player I am really high on, as he reminds me much of Mike Wallace in Pittsburgh. Young is an extreme deep threat. I suspect that with a strong combine and good forty time, he could very well jump into the 2nd round. Did not want to reach on Young before I see his combine numbers, so I went with the WR who I felt was more polished at this time.
Here are the full results of the two round draft and expect much more draft coverage down the road leading up to late April. Share your thoughts.