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Getting value with the compensatory picks

Four picks in rounds three, four and five could go a long way for the Ravens this draft season.

Former Minnesota safety Brock Vereen could be available with one Baltimore's four compensatory picks.
Former Minnesota safety Brock Vereen could be available with one Baltimore's four compensatory picks.
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The Ravens are obsessed with obtaining compensatory picks.

Building through the draft has long been a strategy of theirs, and getting as many picks as possible to hopefully hit on some prospects is the organization's philosophy.

With four compensatory picks, which cannot be traded, the Ravens will hope to land some player to build depth and potentially find a starter. Here are a few mid-round prospects that could be huge gets for the Ravens at their compensatory spots — which are No. 99 (third round, No. 134 (fourth round), No. 138 (fourth round) and No. 175 (fifth round).

Running backs

Towson's Terrance West: A local favorite that would mesh well in Gary Kubiak's offense. Had 2,509 rushing yards and 41 touchdowns a season ago.

Boston College's Andre Williams: Not much of a receiving threat out of the backfield, but is a bruising runner that ended up a Heisman finalist this past season. Had 2,177 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2013.

Baylor's Lache Seastrunk: As a junior, Seastrunk ran for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns in Baylor's high-octane offense. Would be an explosive option in Baltimore.

Arizona's Kadeem Carey: Carey thrived in Rich Rodriguez's zone-read attack, running for 1,885 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Wide receivers

Wisconsin's Jared Abbrederis: At 6-2, 188 pounds, Abbrederis would seem to be a fit as a slot receiver down the road in Baltimore's offense. With the Badgers in 2013, he had 1,081 yards and seven touchdowns, despite Wisconsin being a run-first team.

Pittsburgh's Devin Street: Street already has the familiarity with receivers coach Bobby Engram. A solid possession option, Street had 854 yards and seven touchdowns a season ago.

Texas' Mike Davis: Davis was a receiver the Ravens took a look at early this offseason. He had 727 yards and eight touchdowns this past year, but had 939 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior in 2012.

Wake Forest's Michael Campanaro: A graduate of River Hill High School in Howard County, Md., Campanaro is the prototypical slot receiver. Had 803 yards and six touchdowns this past season.

Tight ends

Georgia's Arthur Lynch: A great run-blocker that can run solid routes and create mismatches. However, he had some lapses catching the ball a year ago. Still had 459 yards and five touchdowns.


Vanderbilt's Kenny Ladler: A knack for finding the football, Ladler had five interceptions a season ago. He also had three games where he recorded double-digit tackles.

Wyoming's Marqueston Huff: Can play the run effectively as he had 127 tackles as a senior in 2013. Had two interceptions and six pass deflections, too.

Minnesota's Brock Vereen: The younger brother of New England running back Shane Vereen, Brock Vereen was named to the first-team All-Big Ten squad this past season. Had 59 total tackles.


Auburn's Chris Davis: A solid cornerback in college, Davis' possesses a lot of speed that can be used on special teams.

Liberty's Walt Aikens: A big corner at 6-1, 200 pounds, Aikens had three interceptions in 2013. He only played in six games due to a leg injury. Aikens does have character concerns as he was arrested for misdemeanor theft at Illinois, before transferring to Liberty.

Lindenwood's Pierre Desir: Desir is an extremely athletic corner that comes from a little-known school. He's very aggressive in coverage, which could draw plenty of interest from Ravens coaches.

Offensive tackles

Tennessee's Antonio Richardson: Richardson is someone that could go as high as the second round or fall to the fourth. If it's the latter, he'd be a steal. Didn't have a great 2013 season, but that's not indicative of his potential.

Michigan's Michael Schofield: Schofield is a versatile lineman that played both tackle and guard at Michigan. Didn't have a great senior season, but, as the Wolverines' right tackle, he didn't have much help along Michigan's interior line.

Offensive guards

Stanford's David Yankey: Early this offseason, Yankey was considered a second-rounder. He's since fallen considerably. Still, his value is there for one of the four compensatory picks if available. Was a tough-nosed run blocker at Stanford.

Boise State's Charles Leno: Leno could project to being a guard or tackle in the NFL. Has great skill run blocking but could improve with pass protection.

Defensive line

Princeton's Caraun Reid: A personal favorite of mine, Reid is a smart player built similarly to Arthur Jones. If there's a chance to grab him with a compensatory pick, it would be worth it for the Ravens.

South Carolina's Kelcy Quarles: A strong player that would have to move from a 4-3 to a 3-4 if drafted by the Ravens, Quarles does have a lingering issue due to his alleged involvement in a recent bar fight.

Missouri's Michael Sam: In a 3-4, he'd move to outside linebacker. What Sam lacks in natural athletic ability, he makes up for with a high football IQ and unquestionable leadership qualities.

Bloomsburg's Larry Webster: A defensive end in college, it's possible Webster gets moved to tight end at the professional level. A basketball player originally, Webster joined the Bloomsburg football team and had 13.5 sacks this past season. Has the athleticism to move to offense and be effective.