Mocking the Draft: Ravens take Calvin Pryor, Antonio Richardson

Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

SB Nation's Dan Kadar and Matthew Fairburn shake this week's MTD up a little bit.

It's been a while since Mocking the Draft strayed from giving the Ravens an offensive tackle in the first round.

This week, things have changed slightly. In the first round, with the 17th overall pick, Mocking the Draft writers Dan Kadar and Matthew Fairburn have the Ravens selecting Louisville safety Calvin Pryor with the 17th overall pick in the first round.

Here's why:

"Although a right tackle will be tempting with this choice, a safety to pair with Matt Elam can make a bigger impact. Like Elam, Pryor can deliver crushing hits. Pryor is much better in coverage, though."

That pick would certainly address Baltimore's need for a safety. Pryor's been billed as a No. 2 choice behind Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, though some have considered them 1A and 1B. After that, there's a bit of a drop-off, with Northern Illinois' Jimmie Ward filing in next in line.

The mock drafters then have the Ravens addressing their offensive tackle need in the second round by having them take Tennessee's Antonio Richardson.

Here's why:

"Losing Michael Oher was a slight blow to the Ravens' offensive line. They should be in the market for an offensive tackle on the first few days of the draft. Antonio Richardson was underwhelming in 2013, but he's still developing. His length and foot quickness should make him a top-50 pick in this class."

There hasn't been much buzz connecting Richardson to Baltimore, though that doesn't mean he's not on the draft board. Richardson is a solid tackle that played in a top college conference, which is appealing to most teams around the league.


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