NFL draft 2014: Ravens mock draft roundup

Andy Lyons

Rounding up the different mock drafts.

Here's a look at where the various mock drafts and who they have the Ravens taking with the 17th overall pick:

SB Nation's Mocking the Draft

Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio: SB Nation's Matthew Fairburn wrote, "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."

Kouandjio would fill a need, though it seems there are better players that will be available at that draft spot.

CBSSports.com's Rob Rang

Alabama S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix: Rang writes, "The Ravens plan to shift last year's first round pick, Matt Elam, over from free safety to strong safety. Clinton-Dix boasts the range and ball-skills to complement him. The tandem would give the Ravens the formidable duo in the deep patrol to handle the explosive passing offenses of the AFC's powerhouses."

Clinton-Dix would be an ideal fit with this defense, though it seems unlikely he'll actually fall to the 17th overall pick. If so, I'd think the Ravens would pounce.

ESPN.com's Todd McShay

Alabama ILB C.J. Mosley: McShay notes, "Linebacker isn't necessarily a need spot for Baltimore, but the team isn't set at the position, either, and Mosley would provide an upgrade as a very productive playmaker with versatility and range."

ESPN.com's Mel Kiper

Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks: Kiper writes, "The Ravens need to add another reliable target in the passing game beyond Torrey Smith, and while the diminutive Cooks doesn't fit the prototype of a "matchup problem" at wide receiver, he will be because he's so hard to cover."

Seventeenth overall seems a bit of a reach for Cooks, especially with the kind of receivers Kiper has falling behind him, as well as key players at other positions, too.

Sports Illustrated's Doug Farrar

Louisville S Calvin Pryor: Farrar writes, "Pryor, who I actually like a bit better than Clinton-Dix, is physical in the run game and can handle everything from slot duty to center field. He’s not quite as fast as Earl Thomas, but he plays with a similar disregard for his own body — and the bodies of his opponents."

Pryor's probably 1B to Clinton-Dix's 1A. The Ravens couldn't do any wrong selecting either safety in this draft.

WalterFootball.com

Louisville S Calvin Pryor: The site states, "The Ravens spent last year's first-round pick on a safety, but they'll strongly consider doubling up if they can get Calvin Pryor. Darian Stewart is currently favored to start next to Matt Elam, and he was a Rams' cast-off. That should tell you how dire the situation is"

Hard to disagree with that assessment.


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