Mocking the Draft: Ravens, once again, take Cyrus Kouandjio in first round

Mocking the Draft has the Ravens taking Cyrus Kouandjio at No. 17 overall in this week's mock. - Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sport

Jace Amaro is the pick in the second.

It's Monday and SB Nation's Mocking the Draft is back at it with another mock for your reading pleasure.

This time, it's a two-round mock from writer Matthew Fairburn. At the top of the draft, he has Blake Bortles being the No. 1 overall pick to the Houston Texans.

But you guys care more about who the Ravens will pick, so we'll get to that.

For some time, the entire Mocking the Draft crew has seemed to think the Ravens will take Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio in the first round. And this time, that thought still applies.

At the 17th overall pick, Fairburn has the Ravens taking Kouandjio once again.

The reasoning:

"The Ravens were lucky enough to keep Eugene Monroe, but Michael Oher left in free agency, leaving a hole at offensive tackle. Cyrus Kouandjio has some injury concerns, but he improved a lot in 2013 and should still be drafted in the first round."

I'm not sure the Ravens will go with a tackle in the first round if they can't get one of the elite ones. And let's face it, Kouandjio isn't an elite tackle. He falls into the second-tier category and there's enough value of those kind of tackles in the second and third rounds.

But Fairburn's second-round pick is one that would be seen as enticing in the Ravens' offense. He has them taking Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro with the 48th overall pick.

Here's why:

"Ed Dickson remains a free agent, so that should tell you a little bit about what the Ravens think of him. If he's ultimately not brought back, Amaro would be a nice pickup. He's a big athlete at tight end with an impressive catch radius."

Agree or disagree? Sound off in the comments below.


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