Both the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers are in a bad spot right now as both teams enter week six sitting at 1-4. With neither team looking like they have a playoff bound roster, we entertain the thought of taking a player from our opponent. David Fucillo of Niners Nation and myself got to talking about it in more depth.
First up is the Niners, who had some interesting looks at the Ravens roster.
Ravens OffenseThe interior of the Ravens offensive line is looking pretty solid. The 49ers are having problems at center and right guard. If Andrew Tiller works out at right guard, that leaves questions at center. The team could get Daniel Kilgore back in the next couple weeks, but in the meantime, for this game I would want center Jeremy Zuttah. Marshal Yanda would be a great addition, but this time around, I'm looking center. It is not a long-term option as I think Kilgore will be able to handle things moving forward. But for now, Zuttah is my pick.Ravens DefenseThe 49ers have several needs, and I was tempted by a lot of positions. Guys like Elvis Dumervil, Brandon Williams and Will Hill were all tempting. I decided instead though to go with inside linebacker Daryl Smith. NaVorro Bowman is working his way back into form, but even if he reaches his pre-ACL ability, the team is still struggling with Michael Wilhoite at the other ILB position. He would benefit from a stronger Bowman, but in the meantime, Smith is a guy who could help shore up the 49ers mid-field defense. Eli Manning picked them apart in the middle of the field, and Smith would be helpful.
For the Ravens, they have need in the secondary and at wide receiver right now due to injuries. Let's see who I'd take on their current roster.
As I mentioned, the Ravens need the help at wide receiver right now. Obviously the Ravens know who they would get in Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin and those would be the easy picks with Michael Campanaro and Steve Smith Sr currently out due to their injuries. Left tackle Eugene Monroe is finally back in the lineup after missing quite a few games due to a concussion. If Monroe was still out, it would be tempting to grab Joe Staley, the left tackle of the Niners. Staley was a Pro Bowl player last season for the Niners and could help solidify the offensive line that saw James Hurst be a turnstile.
Ultimately the Ravens desperately need a deep threat. While I think Boldin would be more productive for the Ravens, Torrey Smith's speed would allow other wide receivers some room to get open. So Torrey Smith has to be the pick here.
At this point, I'd be willing to say anyone that could stay healthy. The Ravens are back in the same position they were in 2014 where any defensive back appears to have a bomb attached to their ACL. The Ravens already grabbed Shareece Wright, who the Niners let go. Funnily enough, the Ravens are actually better ranked than the 49ers when it comes to pass defense, so I won't be looking at their corners. The Ravens have not had a lot of luck at the safety position, which makes me immediately look at Eric Reid. Reid has had his share of injury issues himself, but he is young, talented and could excel in a Ravens defense that typically makes players look better than they actually are.
The other person on that defense that would fit a need right now is Ahmad Brooks. The Ravens could use a player to help set the edge and even get after the quarterback. While Brooks is a Pro Bowl caliber player with the Niners, he could turn into a serious world beater with all the talent the Ravens have in the front-seven of their defense.
Because the Ravens are sucking majorly at stopping the pass, I'd have to choose Reid for the time being. If we were looking long-term, Brooks is the guy I'd grab instead.
Who would you select from both teams? Let us know in the comments.