I represented our Baltimore Ravens in a live mock draft and wanted to share my picks with you all so far. This one does not have a clock so it's gone rather slow. I wanted to do a full write up of all my picks, but I'm not sure how quick it will all be completed. For now I will go over our picks up until the 3rd round and let me know what you all think?
Round 1- Justin Houston, OLB , Georgia.
The Ravens really lacked a pass rush opposite Suggs and Houston should provide an immediate impact in pass rushing situations. Some of us Ravens fans see Houston as Suggs 2.0 and feel he is more than capable of adjusting to OLB in our 3-4. He has an amazing first step and is big for an OLB and should be great against the run with a little more technique. Not really sold on any of the OT's in this draft other than Carimi who was already off the board. I also considered Jimmy Smith because of his talent, but ultimately felt the Pass rush is a much bigger need than CB and that Houston has the potential to become one of the top pass rushers in the draft. See highlights here.
Round 2- Titus Young, WR, Boise St.
The Ravens were hoping Hankerson or Baldwin would be there, but are perfectly fine with Titus Young. He adds the speed and playmaking ability the Ravens really need. I am not big on Torrey Smith and feel Titus Young is much more elusive in the open field. Young is one of the best in the draft as far as exploding in and out of his breaks which is not easily taught and while his route running needs some work, he has the potential to be one of the top route runners in this draft. This will give us our deep threat we desperately need,should keep the defense honest, and keep take some attention off the running game which was not the same last year. The Ravens have now added two playmakers on each side of the ball and also filled two of the top three needs. See highlights here.
Round 3- Clint Boling, OG, Georgia Tech
The Ravens add Clint Boling to an offensive line that struggled last season. We would have love to add an OT in the 3rd, but felt Boling had better value than any still on the board. Boling reminds me a lot of our own Marshall Yanda with his versatility and experience playing OT and G. Although Yanda's better position is G, he filled in fine at OT last year and Boling should be a day one starter at G. Boling is a tough nose hard worker who some analysts have said plays with a mean streak at times. Our running game was not the same last year and Boling should be an upgrade at G. With Boling being a potential 2nd rounder I feel he has too much value to pass up in the 3rd. Ever since Round 2 ended we were targeting Boling or Greg Little and with Little off the board this pick was pretty easy. We have now helped our top 3 needs in our first 3 picks and I believe found guys that can contribute from day one. See highlights here.
Round 4- Lee Ziemba,OT, Auburn
The Ravens select Daniel Ziemba because OT is another major need and Ziemba is a guy with a ton of starting experience and who could eventually be a starter on the right side. He's coming fresh off of a national championship and plays in the extremely tough SEC. While he needs to learn more technique, he has the foot speed and size to work his way to becoming a starter. We would really like him to turn into a solid starter so that Yanda can go back inside to guard which is his best position. See highlights here.
That wraps up our first four rounds and would like to know what you guys think? You can see the whole draft here.