It doesn't take a fan of the Baltimore Ravens to realize that the team scored big in the recently completed 2011 NFL Draft. Throughout the league, writers are acknowledging another great job by Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome, Director of Player Personnel, Eric DeCosta, Director of College Scouting Joe Hortiz and of course, head coach John Harbaugh and his staff.
All around our sports blog network, SB Nation, there have been stories mentioning the Ravens as among the teams that were graded out as winners in the draft, as opposed to the teams that appear to be the losers in that their drafts did not address their obvious needs.
The Ravens were thought by most to be in need of a big, physical cornerback and they got one of the best in the draft. Some sites say that had Colorado's Jimmy Smith not be dogged by those over-mentioned "character concerns," he might have been the first cornerback off of the board. That remains to be seen, but it is regularly acknowledged thatt he Ravens got a top-15 talent with the 27th pick in the first round.
Addressing their need for a speedy wide receiver by getting Maryland's Torrey Smith in the second round was critically acclaimed around the league and while Central Florida offensive tackle may not have been a familiar name to most fans, the experts see him as a solid right tackle who should be able to start there in game one of the 2011 season.