I just LOVE the draft. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the draft, I may not be the one to fill you in on it, but here are my prospects for each round that the ravens could potentially target.
Late First/ Early Second:
Kyle Long OT/OG Oregon: Long is inexperienced, but his physical tools are as good as those of any other lineman in the class,He needs to improve his awareness and instincts, but that should come with more reps." Expect the former baseball player turned offensive lineman to see snaps at both guard and tackle in the future
Manti Teo MLB Notre Dame: "Te'o sliding down the board has nothing to do with the recent off-field issues he has dealt with and everything to do with questions arising from film study and other inside linebackers moving up. We need to further evaluate his movement skills before solidifying his grade."
Johnathan Jenkins DT/NT Georgia:"He's a massive two-gap nose tackle with a good combination of size, strength and short-area quickness to control the inside and occasionally contribute as a pass-rusher. Jenkins' range is limited, but he is an asset as an interior plugger"
Kevin Minter MLB LSU: "A fierce MLB, Minter is the type of player defenses are built around. Has the size to take on and shed larger OL, and has natural leverage due to height. Exceptional upper-body strength and light feet serve him well in the box and allow for excellent lateral range. An outstanding inside-out player, Minter is very good against the run and is a solid three-gap player. Has the speed to cover FBs and can hold his own versus RBs"
Eric Reid FS LSU: Like Ed Reed, Eric Reid is a versatile, athletic and instinctive safety. Reid has made numerous big plays for LSU during his collegiate career, and he's done it against some of the quickest and strongest wide receivers in the country in the SEC.
Matt Elam SS Florida: Elam is the complete package as a safety. He covers a lot of ground in pass coverage since he has the ability to run with receivers and tight ends. Elam is a physical, tough safety who does well in run support, too. He excels in any aspect of safety play.
DJ Fluker OT Alabama: A massive (6-4⅞, 335) mauler who projects as an effective right tackle at the next level, Fluker can engulf defenders when working in the phone booth. His lack of mobility and foot speed can be exposed by speed rushers off the edge and conditioning could be an issue, but Fluker fights hard and flashes a mean streak.
Corey Lemonier OLB Auburn: A productive player despite the extra attention he got as the best player on Auburn's defense, Lemonier (6-4, 242) has a quick first step, holds up well against the run and plays with a relentless motor.
Late Second Round/ Early third:
Margus Hunt 3-4 DE SMU: When considering raw athleticism and size, SMU Mustangs defensive lineman Margus Hunt may have the highest potential in the 2013 draft class. Hunt is a huge prospect with limited football experience that should hear his named called in the first two days of the draft. Hunt was born in Estonia and will be 26 years old at the start of next season. He has only been playing football since his freshman year in 2009 and has a decorated background in track and field
Arthur Brown MLB Kansas State: Arthur Brown is an early round prospect that excels against the run, with solid athleticism that could keep him on the field all three downs.He is the older brother of Philadelphia Eagles running back Bryce Brown. Slightly undersized for an ILB. Moves very well with quick feet sideline-to-sideline. Below average pursuit lines. Agility in tight spaces keeps him in the mix on every play. Despite lack of height, takes on blockers reasonably well and disengages well.
Micheal Buchanan OLB Illinois: a versatile player that had many different responsibilities at Illinois that he filled very well. As can be seen by the video, he was far from just a defensive end in the Illinois defense, as he switched from one side of the line to the other regularly and often stood up for plays in a linebacker role. He filled the "bandit" position for the Illini, which is to say that he was a defensive end for four-man fronts, but would stood up to provide the team with a pass-rushing linebacker in 3-3 nickel sets
Tank Caradine OLB Florida State: Cornellius Carradine is the second Florida State defensive end to suffer a season-ending injury in 2012. What is unfortunate for Carradine is his injury - a torn ACL - occurred in the final quarter of the Seminoles final regular season game. A former junior college transfer, Carradine was without question amongst the most talented backup defensive ends in 2011. Once teammate Brandon Jenkins was lost for the 2012 season in Florida State's opener, Carradine flipped from the strong to weak side and started opposite Bjoern Werner. Carradine dominated in 2012, leading the Seminole defense in tackles while healthy
Ricky Wagner OT Wisconsin: Wagner broke into the starting lineup as a sophomore, having a solid debut as the Badgers right tackle. He started 10 games on the other side from left tackle Gabe Carimi. Wagner moved to left tackle in 2011 to replace Carimi, and he had an excellent season. Throughout the year, Wagner opened up holes for running backs Montee Ball and James White; all the while being a reliable blind-side protector for quarterback Russell Wilson. Has fallen due to knee surgery
Phillip Thomas S Fresno State: homas led the nation with eight interceptions in 2012. He had three picks against Colorado, returning two of them for touchdowns. Thomas also recorded 82 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, four passes broken up and four forced fumbles. He has really put himself on the map with his big plays and is making up for lost time. Thomas played well at the Senior Bowl, which helped his draft standing. He took a medical redshirt in 2011 and missed the entire season after breaking a leg and dislocating an ankle three days before the first game. Thomas had 64 tackles and three interceptions in 2010
TJ Mcdonald S USC: McDonald notched 112 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, three passes broken up and two interceptions in 2012. He was a physical enforcer for the Trojans' defense. McDonald had impressive days against Stanford and Utah, but struggled versus Oregon. He put on a quality showing at the Senior Bowl.
David Amerson DB North Carolina State: David Amerson is a tweener who may shift to safety after establishing himself as one of the premiere corners in the nation. A lean prospect with good height and length, average speed, smooth backpedal, and solid instincts in coverage. Rarely bites on double moves, but can be beat badly by elite speedsters. Plays his assignment well and rarely caught out of position. Amerson must run well at the combine to assure teams he does not need to move to safety. Exceptional ball skills and does a great job of securing the football while up in the air. Very aggressive when going after the ball and swiping it away
I will post more later round prospects soon.