Yeah, so what that it's only week 8 in the NFL? Apparently there are mock drafts out there and I'm gonna show them to you just because I can.
Actually, they are interesting for more than one reason. Not only do we get to see where the analysts think we have a weakness, we get to see where they slot us based on how well they think we will do.
28: Todd Gurley - RB - Georgia
Yeah, I can't see the Ravens picking a running back in the first round unless he's a dream player. While looking at the kid's stats, he seems to be able to hit big plays and he is a former Heisman front-runner, he is currently suspended by Georgia. While the suspension appears to be over signing autographs, a silly rule, it is still a rule broken that could hurt his standing with the Ravens after their last running back smeared the Ravens name around. Honestly, I can't see the Ravens grabbing him at this spot simply because of Lorenzo Taliaferro waiting in the wings, his suspension and if that doesn't hurt his draft stock, him being gone well in advance.
26: T.J. Yeldon - RB - Alabama
So a pattern emerges. Walter football has the Ravens selecting Yeldon from Alabama. Again, I can't see the Ravens even selecting a back in the first round as there are more pressing needs and the Ravens have had success using the combination of Forsett, Pierce and Taliaferro. While Yeldon is averaging 5.3 yards per carry this season, I'm having difficulty making the connection of the Ravens and a running back, regardless of him coming from Alabama.
27: Carl Davis - DE - Iowa
Finally, some other choice than a RB. However, it makes about as much sense. The Ravens are currently playing lights out on the defensive line and have depth for days if everyone is healthy. Even with the numerous injuries on the defensive line this season, the Ravens still have been able to rotate more than enough players in with their own strengths to create the best ranked defense in the league to date. While Davis does appear to be a great talent with a great size and could be a potential replacement for Haloti Ngata, reports of his talent level seems to say that he would get picked earlier. DraftTek does appear to understand the Ravens' needs as they mention that corner and a new #1 WR is needed far more, but that Davis is just a talent that the Ravens couldn't pass up on.
NFL Draft Geek:
23: Melvin Gordon III - RB - Wisonsin
Ah, back to the running back as being a "no brainer" according to this description. They do mention that Gurley is the first RB off the board (#7 specifically), and list Gordon as being a guy that is rising up the boards already to be the second back of the board. As I've mentioned with every running back, the Ravens will likely address it, but not in the first round when they have far more pressing needs unless someone that should have gone in the first 10 picks falls to them. With only two receivers off the boards in the first round total and 4 CBs coming off before the Ravens pick, I can't imagine that the Ravens don't look for a top 3 WR at their spot.
Alright, so these are clearly all short sighted as the draft experts apparently haven't watched a single Ravens game so far this year or have looked at their roster. Also worthy noting that almost all the experts have the Ravens finishing in the upper 20s while NFL Draft Geek has them significantly lower