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The NFL draft is less than a month away, and the experts who cover it have to continue cranking out their mock drafts and projections.
Two of the more respected names in the industry, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay, have each released a two round mock that have the Baltimore Ravens coming away with different players. It's no surprise to see these two guys disagree, so let's get into just what they differ on here:
In the first round, the Ravens pick up Takkarist McKinley, the UCLA pass rusher with a fantastic name, and an even better motor. This is a pick that certainly could happen, especially after the loss of Timmy Jernigan through trade. While the sixteenth spot may be too high for him, McKinley would add some serious bite to a pass rush that has an aging Terrell Suggs and recently lost Elvis Dumervil.
In the second round, Kiper has Ozzie Newsome doubling up on UCLA defenders by nabbing defensive back Fabian Moreau. This would be a huge for a defense that could use some youth at every single level, and the Ravens shouldn't let the signing of Brandon Carr preclude them from going after a player of Moreau’s caliber in the second round.
McShay’s first round scenario has the Ravens shoring up the right side of the offensive line by picking up Alabama tackle Cam Robsinson. For the fans who like exciting players (so every fan ever) this would be a bit disappointing to see a somewhat mundane position be the first round focus two years in a row. But if you ask any Cowboys fan how they retrospectively feel about all the investment into their line for so many consecutive years, they'll probably concede that it was worth it.
In the second round, he has them picking up a sack artist in Kansas State defensive end Jordan Willis. This is an interesting strategy to provide a serious shot in the arm to the Ravens’ offensive and defensive fronts. For a team that prides itself on being big in the trenches, this is something that could very well happen.