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Matt Litman Mock Draft 4/13

17 OLB KHALIL MACK BUFFALO

We can probably chuck this one up to Fanspeak's simulator being a bit off. Dee Ford went No. 5 to the Raiders, and Anthony Barr went to the Rams at No. 13. If I were Ozzie, I'd be sprinting to the podium if Khalil Mack was still on the board. A speedy, hard-hitting, instinctive linebacker, he'd be a great fit and an instant impact player here in Baltimore.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9-RznymSW4

48 S JIMMIE WARD NORTHERN ILLINOIS

This was a tough one. With Jordan Matthews still on the board, and having picked Khalil Mack in the first round, I was debating whether I should pick Jimmie Ward or not. However, having watched his tape the night before, and how I noticed his ball skills, his closing speed, and his ability to read an offense, I simply had no other choice but to pick him. Ward is a true free safety, and I would love for him to wear wear purple next season.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UWCnNiM8wk

79 WR JARVIS LANDRY LSU

After going defense the past two rounds, I knew I had to provide for Joe Flacco and Co. But with Morgan Moses (VT) and Antonio Richardson (TN) off the board, Jarvis Landry was the highest rated receiver. He's a savvy route runner, got strong hands, and great toughness after the catch. In the third round, Landry is great value.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiJ0EwNclSM

99 RB TERRANCE WEST TOWSON

I was crossing my fingers for Terrence West to be there at No. 99. This guy is arguably one of the top running backs in this year's draft, and though he went to a small, local school, he completely dominated the competition he faced. His lowest rushing output this past season was 87 yards. Every game he rushed for at least 100 yards. I think he has the size, speed, and vision to star in Gary Kubiak's zone scheme, given the chance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3P8AiFO5CU

34 DE BRENT URBAN VIRGINIA

A favorite around here, Brent Urban's 6'7 massive frame was just too much for me to pass up. He's a developmental kind of guy, but with 9 pass breakups in the 2013 season, there is definitely something there. Urban isn't a pass rusher yet (he has only three career sacks), but with his intimidating size and general disruptive ability, he could turn into a fine player for the Ravens.

138 DT CARAUN REID PRINCETON

Our defensive line is looking a bit shabby with the loss of Arthur Jones. However, personally, I'm confident that out of Brandon Williams, Pernell McPhee, and DeAngelo Tyson, ONE of them can step up. Caraun Reid (6"2, 301) was just the highest rated player available. Reid is a disruptive pass rushing interior lineman, with 20.5 career sacks at Princeton. In the run game, he can diagnose the play and use his leverage and hands to make a stop. Fun fact: he was a bassist in an a-capella group called Old NasSoul. Maybe him, Brandon Williams and Justin Tucker can form an a-capella group on the Ravens!


175 WR MICHAEL CAMPANARO WAKE FOREST

He's one of my favorite WRs in this draft, not just because he's a Clarksville native, but because he is a fantastic, smart route runner. With good speed (4.46 forty yard dash), and nice jumping ability (39-inch veritcal), the Ravens could be getting a steal with this pick. Campanaro broke his collarbone during his senior year, but as a junior, he caught 79 balls for 763 yards and 14 touchdowns. Training under Steve Smith, Campanaro (and Landry for that matter) could learn to use his small stature, his quickness, and leaping ability to his advantage.

194 CB AARON COLVIN OKLAHOMA With the last pick the Ravens had (sixth round), I chose a corner. Aaron Colvin stands at 6"0, and is a physical, passionate football player. Colvin has a good football IQ, and has great timing to undercut routes. Hopefully, Colvin could contribute at least as a third or fourth cornerback for the Ravens.

Thoughts: Obviously, I didn't address the offensive line at all. I missed out on sneakily taking good offensive tackles in the third and fourth round, as they were all taken before my pick. But, I have confidence in Rick Wagner to win the right tackle spot. And as always, Ozzie could pick up a veteran RT in free agency after the draft or a couple of weeks before the season starts. And as far as TE goes, I'm on the Matt Furstenburg band wagon.

Hope you enjoyed this draft! I certainly loved doing it. Here's to a great draft and 2014 season!

Matt

The opinions posted here are those of the administrator of this blog and his loyal readers. They are in no way official comments from the team, and should not be misconstued as such, even though he thinks he could do just as well or even a better job!

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