Baltimore Beat Down Roundtable Mock Draft Pre-Combine

Al Bello

See Baltimore Beat Down's writers' predictions for the Ravens draft picks in rounds one through three before the start of the combine.

Round 1, Pick 16/17 (Depending on coin flip):

Jason Butt: TE Eric Ebron, UNC

Ebron offers a lot of versatility at tight end, providing Joe Flacco with a big target that can create mismatches out of the slot position. Ebron's presence as an inside receiver should be able to open up the outside to Torrey Smith.

Victor Hensley: TE Eric Ebron, UNC

One of the Ravens' most needed positions is tight end. With the likely losses of Ed Dickson and Dallas Clark, Baltimore could be in dire need of a nice tight end. Cue Eric Ebron, a 6'4, 250-pound tight end out of the University of North Carolina. Ebron is big and runs routes like a wide receiver. He can create mismatches with linebackers, and isn't afraid to go up and catch a ball, even if he knows he's about to be nailed. He has decent speed, and his cuts would make it easy for linebackers to miss him in stride. Ebron can also block at an average level, which is something the Ravens have been focused on when it comes to tight ends. Ebron is one of the best tight ends in this year's draft, and it would be bad if Baltimore decided to pass on him, so I highly doubt they will.

Michael Perry: OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan

The pick here is offensive line as that was clearly the most underperforming position group in 2013. Taylor Lewan surprised a lot of people by returning to Michigan for his senior season, as he was unanimously considered a 1st round selection and some believed a top-10 player. Needless to say, the Ravens should be glad he spent another year in college as he is expected to slide on draft due to a disappointing senior season. Lewan is a mountain of a man at 6’8" and 315 lbs, which makes him a powerful run blocker and the ability to nullify power rushers. He plays with a nasty streak and is not afraid to set the tone of a game. While he is susceptible to speed rushers (particularly inside moves), he has the athleticism to overcome that with the proper technique and coaching. Even if Eugene Monroe is retained this offseason, putting two bookend tackles together would pay huge dividends for the Ravens.

Brian Malan (Mr. Malor): WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M

Evans is everything that Baltimore and QB Joe Flacco would want in a WR. He is a size specimen with unmatchable leaping ability and hands of glue. Some may be concerned about Evans' speed and ability to separate from press coverage, but with his strength and length, it should be no problem for Evans to be more physical with smaller CB's at the next level. Baltimore was one of the worst redzone offenses in the NFL last year, as they led the NFL in field goals made which is a clear indication that they are struggling getting 6 points once within the 20. Rookie Marlon Brown led the Ravens with 7 TD's last season, all of which came from within the 20 yard line and a main reason for that success was the size mismatch that Brown presented in the back of the endzone for Flacco. Evans will only help that and finally give Joe a WR group of Torrey Smith, Marlon Brown and Mike Evans to work with for years to come.

Round 2, Pick 48

Jason Butt: OG Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA

Su'a-Filo just might be the most NFL-ready guard in this year's draft. He's got great technique and is big enough at 6-3, 305. He also has the versatility to kick out to tackle, if needed. With a good preseason, Su'a-Filo could earn the starting left guard spot, with Kelechi Osemele moving to right tackle.

Victory Hensley: OT Morgon Moses, UVA

Let's face it, the Ravens' offensive line was horrible last season. The only guy that didn't have a bad year was right guard Marshal Yanda. Also, left guard Kelechi Osemele was out almost all season due to a back injury. Other than those two, Baltimore doesn't really have very great linemen. They'll need to search for a left and right tackle, along with a center. In this case, Moses is able to do everything the Ravens would need him to do. He specializes in run-blocking, which was needed badly last season. Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce had the worst year of their respected careers, and that was mainly the offensive line's fault. Recently, Moses has also been looking crisp in pass protection, something that would be a big boost in Joe Flacco's confidence when he drops back to pass. I see the Ravens using their second-round pick on Moses to help improve their offensive line, which was one of the worst in the NFL in the 2013 season.

Michael Perry: WR Davante Adams, Fresno State

The Ravens need to get more weapons for Joe Flacco. While the ideal pick would be Jordan Matthews here, I do not think he falls this far in the draft. Adams is a player who dominated lower level competition while at Fresno State with potential first round quarterback Derek Carr. When I say dominated, I mean dominated, as he hauled in 131 receptions for 1,718 yards and 24 touchdowns despite being consistently double covered. He does not have the game changing speed of some other prospects here, but he has good hands and runs precise routes. He has excellent jump ball ability and is not afraid to get physical with his defender, which is something the Ravens severely lacked this past season.

Brian Malan (Mr. Malor): TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington

It is quite clear that Baltimore is going to be bringing in a new TE or even 2. With Dennis Pitta, Ed Dickson and Dallas Clark all UFA's, that leaves Baltimore with no other realistic options at TE at the moment. It seems quite apparent that the front office will do everything they can to bring back Flacco's go to target, Dennis Pitta. But with new OC Gary Kubiak now running the show, his offensive scheme will require 2 TE's in order for it to work the best it can. This leads us to Austin Seferian-Jenkins, or "ASJ" as people like to call him. ASJ is an enormous player, walking around at 6'6" and 270 pounds. He is a long armed, strong handed player with incredible body control to make adjustments on certain passes. But where ASJ separates himself is with his blocking ability, as he is an almost immovable man once he gets his hands on you. With Baltimore relying so much on the stretch zone running scheme to power their offense, having a TE with ASJ's blocking abilities will help this offense move. Jenkins will also be another big target for Flacco in the middle of the field.

Round 3, Pick 79:

Jason Butt: WR Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin

Abbrederis runs exceptional routes and possesses great speed. He's a chain-mover, can get off the line of scrimmage quick and has great hands catching the football. With this year's receiving class so deep, Abbrederis is getting a bit overshadowed. He could wind up being a steal to whichever team takes him.

Victor Hensley: WR Brandon Coleman, Rutgers

The wide receiver position is probably the one in which the Ravens need to address most. They have plenty of young receivers (T. Smith, Brown, Thompson, Mellette, etc.) but the receiving corps still doesn't seem to get things done. They have already lost Brandon Stokley to retirement, and it is very possible they could lose Jacoby Jones in free agency. With that being said, I believe Baltimore will look later in the draft to pick a receiver, and that receiver could very well be Brandon Coleman out of Rutgers. He's a massive receiver, 6'6-225 pounds, and they need a physical receiver on the roster. Most of the wide-outs that the Ravens have are quick, small (in width, not height), and speedy. Coleman, on the other hand, could change that a little with his strong and very physical play. He reminds me of Anquan Boldin, and you all remember how well he did with Baltimore. It'd be nice to have another Boldin in town, and I think Flacco would be comfortable throwing the ball to a wide receiver like Coleman.

Michael Perry: FS Ed Reynolds, Stanford

General Manager Ozzie Newsome has already stated his intent to add an athletic safety to the back of the Ravens defense. Reynolds is precisely that, as he has the size (6’2", 205 lbs) to cover tight ends and the playmaking ability to create turnovers. His interception total dropped this past season, but that was mainly due to college quarterbacks avoiding him. A savvy player that helped lead a physical Stanford defense, Reynolds is also known as a sure tackler who understand his responsibilities as a free safety. He did get ejected from a game last season for targeting, and he tends to lead too much with his helmet in tackles, but his bone crushing tackling ability combined with Matt Elam at strong safety would make receivers think twice about going over the middle of the field.

Brian Malan (Mr. Malor): C Bryan Stork, Florida State

Stork has been a favorite of mine since 2012 when he was playing with now Buffalo Bills QB, E.J. Manuel. Now, Stork has put his name on the map after being a catalyst behind one of the best offenses in NCAA history. Being able to keep up with the different looks and skill set of a QB like Jameis Winston is no easy task, and Stork took on the responsibility brilliantly. What Stork may lack in size in his lower body, he makes up for with an enormous upper body. Pair that with a tenacious attitude and incredible awareness (something that killed the interior O-Line last season for Baltimore) and Stork would be in the immediate running for a starting job from day 1.

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