No Ravens' drafted players have been selected to the pro bowl since the 2008 draft (Ray Rice). It's no coincidence that during this drought, we've made the playoffs every preceding year and drafted late in each round. This is the first time since 2007 that we haven't made the playoffs and have a reasonably high first round pick. Meanwhile, there's lots of chatter that all four of the top OTs, at least one of the top safeties, and that at least two of the QBs will be gone before we pick at #17. This increases the chances that somebody in Ozzie's top 10 falls to us at #17. Who might it be? I'm going to guess Mike Evans. I could be wrong, but if teams get conservative and safe, he's more of a luxury pick, and could slip. He basically has to get by Tampa, which has a lot of needs and already has Vincent Jackson as a similar receiver. I think there's a strong argument that the teams that follow have more critical holes to fill (like OT, CB, S, and DT).
The problem is, if we stay put at #17, we have to wait until #48 to draft again. Someone like Jimmie Ward is likely to be off the board by then. So in this scenario, I trade our 2nd, 3rd and 6th pick to move back into the 1st by trading for Denver's 31st pick. However, while this ensures we get a starting FS alongside Elam, we're left with only our comp picks for the rest of the draft. This is how it plays out. What do you think?17 WR MIKE EVANS TEXAS A&M
Gift falls to Ozzie. New weapon for Flacco.
31 S JIMMIE WARD NORTHERN ILLINOIS
Starting FS on week one.
99 OT JAMES HURST NORTH CAROLINA
Reliable LT until he got injured in bowl game, causing his draft stock to slip. Projected to be a better pro at RT. Plays with a chip in his shoulder, which is our kinda guy. Held his own against Clowney.
134 RB TERRANCE WEST TOWSON
Best RB available here.
138 CB WALT AIKENS LIBERTY
Best CB available -- has upside. Ravens met with him.
175 TE CROCKETT GILMORE COLORADO STATE
Went for depth at TE over depth at ILB and DE with this last pick. Impressed folks at the senior bowl.