Possible Round Two Scenarios For The Ravens

Featured, Sports and Bets — April 16, 2014 at 8:41 pm by

by Babes

The great wizard of Oz is primed to take the best player available in round one, that we know.  How the board falls is what we don’t know.  The Ravens could conceivably take a tight end, a wide receiver, an offensive tackle, a defensive tackle, a linebacker, a corner, or a safety with their first pick.  Whomever is the highest on their board, and still available to be drafted at 17, will be wearing purple and black come training camp time in July.  It’s a luxury created by a philosophy.  The Ravens have always drafted in the first round based on pure talent alone, and it has paid great dividends for the most part. But once that 48th selection of the second round rolls around on Friday night, the Ravens are going to have to look very strongly at a position of need.  Going into the draft, the Ravens are looking to add a starting right tackle, a free safety that can man center field, and a nickel corner that can run with slot receivers.  However, even in the second round, if the right player falls, regardless of position, Ozzie will pounce, a la his philosophy.  So while I , and many other fans, may think the Ravens should draft based on need, Ozzie may disagree based on his, and his scout’s, talent evaluations.  Either way it’s going to be real freakin’ interesting.

These players will be on the Ravens second round radar, some are first round talents who may slip and force the Ravens to draft outside of need, and others are players that are solid second rounders that fit the “need” profile.

Here First, Are Some Players With Near First Round Grades Who May Slip to the Ravens in the Mid Second Round:

DE- Stephon Tuitt– The jury seems to be mixed on Tuitt on whether or not he is a first round player, but he would fit very nicely in our defensive line rotation playing the five technique.  He would make the loss of Art Jones not sting so bad.

 

DE/OLB Jeremiah Attaochu– We’ve learned in the NFL that you can never have enough pass rushers, and Attaochu has a Jared Allen type motor that produces sacks.  He needs improvement on his run defense, but his pass rushing skills alone are well worth a shot at 48.

 

DE/OLB Kyle Van Noy– Same situation as Attaochu, relentless pass rusher who is rapidly moving himself up draft boards.  Too enticing to pass at this point.

 

G David Yankey– Stanford has been churning out quality offensive lineman for four years now, and Yankey is the next one.  He is best suited for guard but can play right tackle.

ILB Chris Borland– This guy will be a pro bowler in three years, and another player Ozzie simply would not pass up at this spot.


Now for some candidates for the 48th pick at positions of need for the Ravens:
RT Cyrus Kouandjio– It’s hard to say where the massive Alabama tackle will be selected.  He has some injury red flags, but seemed to put those to rest at his pro day.  Cyrus has definite first round talent with the ability to play left or right tackle, and I would be ecstatic if the Ravens landed him in round two.


Safety Jimmie Ward– Ward fits the bill of what Ozzie wants to add to the back-end of our defense, a rangy free safety with great cover skills.  Ward would pair very nicely with Matt Elam’s skill set.


CB Marcus Roberson– A big time SEC corner who has the skills to step right in day one to the nickel corner spot.  Roberson has first round talent, but a slight injury history and one off the field incident is holding him back.


WR Jordan Mathews/Allen Robinson/Davante Adams– All three are talented and productive receivers that could essentially red shirt a year before taking over for Steve Smith and Jacoby Jones.

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