Latest 2010 Draft predictions for the Baltimore Ravens

What’s the latest

ESPN’s Mel Kiper and Todd McShay are now shifting the Ravens pick from Jermaine Gresham, Tight End, to Wide Receiver Demaryius Thomas, Georgia Tech.  That is an option, however, there other analysts who think that the need of wide receiver has been filled with Anquan Boldin, Dante Stallworth and the re-signing of Derrick Mason. Since wide receiver has been addressed, that leaves the team with more pressing needs at the Tight End, Cornerback and Defensive tackle positions.

3 Positions, 2 Picks, What are the Options?

The ideal scenario for the team would be adding depth at 3 positions, Defensive Tackle, Cornerback and Tight End. Yet, they have only a first and second round pick to help fill their immediate needs. It might be a stretch to think a fifth round player would instantly make an impact.  Unless they trade down or make a trade to obtain more picks, the team will likely have to sign a veteran free agent in one of the areas of need. The Ravens also excel in signing Undrafted Free Agents.

Here’s a few of the newest draft projections around the web:

Don Banks, Sports Illustrated

Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma

The Ravens’ trade for Anquan Boldin means they’re looking at either cornerback or tight end in the first round. Rutgers cornerback Devin McCourty is intriguing, but Gresham’s draft grade might be too high to ignore. And we know, Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome always stays true to his board.” http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com

www.Usatoday.com

They have a host of writers with picks, here’s a few:

Terrence Cody, DT Alabama – Jarett Bell

Devin McCourty, CB, Rutergs – Jim Corbett

Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State – Derek Harper

Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee – Nate Davis

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/2010-mock-draft.htm

NFL.com

Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee – Bucky Brooks

“The Ravens have an obvious need at tight end, but this team typically takes the best available player on the board regardless of position. Williams would give the Ravens a young defensive tackle to pair with Haloti Ngata in the middle of their defense.”

Earl Thomas, S, Texas – Charles Davis,

Ed Reed continues to be on top of his game, but while Thomas is prepping behind him, he can play in their nickel packages, and some corner, too. He is talented enough.”

CBSsports.com, Draft Analstys

Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma St. – Rob Rang

“Even with the addition of Anquan Boldin, the Ravens won’t hesitate to select a talented receiver should he be the best player available. General manager Ozzie Newsome has developed a reputation for finding superstars in the latter portions of the first round. If he can get over Dez Bryant’s questionable professionalism, Newsome might just discover another star. Some veteran scouts have compared Bryant to Randy Moss.”

Jared Ordrick, DT, Penn State – Chad Reuter

The loss of Dwan Edwards and Justin Bannan means Odrick would step in right away to help NT Haloti Ngata free up Ray Lewis to do his thing.”

Kevin Van Valkenburg, www.Baltimoresun.com

Jermaine Gresham, Tight End, Oklahoma

Kevin Van Valkenburg suggests the Ravens should trade down if possible.

“…I really believe the Ravens would be best served by trading down if it means they can grab another second-round pick and possibly a third…” http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/blog/2010/03/van_valkenburgs_mock_draft_part_3_includes_ravens_selection.html

Peter Schrager, Fox Sports

Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida

“Though the Ravens addressed their much-needed holes at wide receiver in acquiring both Donte Stallworth and Anquan Boldin, they lost two starting DEs — Dwan Edwards and Justin Bannan — in free agency. ….Ray Lewis will take him under his wing and make sure he gets his act together in Baltimore.” http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/Peter-Schrager-mock-draft-032410Doug Farrar

Wes Bunting, NationalFootballPost.com

Terrance Cody, NT, Alabama

The Ravens not only had Cody in for a visit, but having already addressed their wide receiver needs this offseason, getting an immovable nose tackle at the end of round one is quite a find.”

Matt McGuire, www.Walterfootball.com

Kyle Wilson, CB Boise State

“I think this is Baltimore’s dream pick. Corner is one of the top needs and Wilson provides the Ravens with a lot of insurance and talent. They have been banged up quite a bit, and bringing in a young, healthy cornerback is exactly what this defense needs…”

http://www.draftcountdown.com

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech

“…The Ravens could also use some help at cornerback so Kyle Wilson of Boise State or Devin McCourty of Rutgers would make sense and don’t rule out Penn State’s Jared Odrick as an eventual replacement for 35-year-old Trevor Pryce. It might be time to start thinking about successors for tight end Todd Heap and center Matt Birk and it’d be just like the Ravens to steal Oklahoma’s Jermaine Gresham  or  Florida’s Maurkice Pouncey  late  in  round  one.”

www.Eastcoastsportsnews.com

WR Dez Bryant (Oklahoma State)

“The Ravens acquired WR Anquan Boldin from the Cardinals to fill one of their needs at the WR position, but Derrick Mason is getting up there in age and the team has the lockeroom to keep Bryant in check…the Ravens also need a DE since they lost Justin Bannan and Dwan Edwards in free agency, and still have a big need at CB.”


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