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2011 NFL Mock Draft: 7 Rounds

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A seven round Mock Draft was held by the site, Rapid Mock, who do a very fast complete draft for each team and then send it out asking for a "draft grade." I took a look at what they picked for the Baltimore Ravens in their nine picks over the seven rounds, including Compensatory Picks. Without hesitation, I gave them an "A+" for the entire draft, but would have after at least the first three rounds. This is, without a doubt, the best overall resuts I've seen in a seven round Mock from any site that has done a complete draft.

They had the Ravens taking Temple DT Muhammad Wilkerson in the first round. He's been linked to the team for a while in many Mock Drafts. In the second round, they took Virginia CB Ras-I Dowling, whom I like a lot because of his size and physical play. While I am relatively satisfied with our current corners if we can re-sign them, Dowling gives us that size and physicality that I mentioned, which has been missing from our secondary since the Chris McAlister-era.

The third round brought the Ravens Abilene Christian WR Edmund Gates, who is one of the fastest guys in the entire draft class. His deep threat speed was talked about as the missing link to the Ravens offense the past couple of years. In the fourth round, the team got the offensive lineman they needed in this draft, Lee Ziemba, from the NCAA Champion Auburn Tigers. If he could protect Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton, then he should be able to help protect Ravens QB Joe Flacco.

Next, the Ravens got a linebacker named Matthews in the fourth round, but not Casey from Oregon. Instead they got South Carolina's Cliff Matthews, who is an inside LB, with solid bulk and a great run stuffer, although the word is that he might have to slim down to drop back effectively into coverage.

The rest of the draft brought the team solid needed depth at corner, safety and fullback. However, the seventh pick was really intriguing with Virginia Tech QB Tyrod Taylor, who would offer interesting options and a young, athletic backup for Flacco. Check out their entire draft, with some teams getting excellent players and others falling flat.