Ravens Draft Preview: Part Three

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Ravens Draft Preview:   Part 3

In part three of our draft preview we will look at some potential middle round prospects for the Ravens to target. The third round should be the area of the draft that the Ravens get aggressive with the ten picks they have from this round on, so I would expect them to move up to target a player they covet. Ozzie has had quite a few hits targeting offensive linemen in the middle rounds in the past with Marshal Yanda, Jason Brown, Edwin Mulitado, and Jeff Mitchell all developing into quality starting players for the Ravens after being picked in the third round or later.

In this section we will examine some possible targets for the Ravens in the third to fourth round range. Assistant General Manager Eric DeCosta stated that in a normal  year the Ravens narrow their list down to about 150 draftable prospects, but this year there are 185 players on that list. That shows the amount of depth this years’ class has to offer.

WR-Markus Wheaton: The Oregon State star amassed over 3000 yards in his years in Corvallis as a slot/all- purpose wide receiver.  He could be a poor man’s Tavon Austin.  Not a straight line burner, but plays faster than his forty time indicates.

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C-Barrett Jones:  I don’t think Ozzie passes this guy up more than three times. He’s too versatile in the fact he can literally play every position on the offensive line.  A proven player against top competition, in the SEC he will be an amazing asset to whatever team drafts him.

TE-Jordan Reed: With the Ravens looking to replace Anquan Boldin’ s production in the middle of the field, Reed could be a nice fit. Built in the mold of another former Gator, Aaron Hernandez, Reed is extremely athletic and can stretch the field vertically. You just can’t count on him for much blocking help.

S-Bacarri Rambo: If the Ravens haven’t picked a safety in the first two rounds,  Rambo could definitely be in play in round three. He has proven he can produce against top completion with 16 career INT’ s in the SEC, the only question is his character. He was suspended four games last year, so the Ravens need to do their due diligence in interviewing him to decide if he is worth an early pick.

DE-Sam Montgomery: When you get to the middle rounds and a talent like Montgomery is still on the board it means there’s obviously a character issue. If the Ravens think they could keep him on the straight and narrow he would be a major asset to come in fresh on third down and add to the pass rush. Montgomery has seen his draft stock plummet in the last year basically because he’ s an asshole. But you don’t have to be liked to be able to sack Big Ben for us!

CB-Jordan Poyer:  The Ravens have shown you can never have enough corners, so I expect them to add one or two CB’s with the twelve picks they have. Poyer is a willing run defender and is strong in zone coverage, which translates well to what the Ravens would probably use him for in dime situations. He has played both corner and safety and has good size at six foot 180 pounds, which means he can press if he needs to. Once again you’re looking at a second round talent that has slipped a little because of character whispers, as he was involved in a bar fight that led to charges.                                                                                         

I have just scored.  Silence!

I have just scored. Silence!

CB-Tyrann Mathieu: I really hope this guy is wearing a Ravens uniform next year. He is a straight up playmaker in every phase of thegame. He’ s a ball-hawk at corner even though he’s undersized, and he is amazing blitzing off the corner in nickel and dime packages. He strips the ball, is a special teams demon, and is dynamic in the return game. So he smoked a little weed-who hasn’t?

ILB-Jon Bostic: This former Gator is big, fast, and physical, which are all great traits for a strong inside linebacker. Bostic is better suited to play inside on a 3-4 defense, which is exactly what we would need. He would probably get to sit, learn a year, and be a contributor on special teams, which would also benefit his development.

We’ ll see what happens this weekend, but remember to watch all three days of the draft. Friday and Saturday are for the true hardcore fans who love to park their asses on the couch for eight hours and listen to Mel Kiper speak his magic. Happy draft everyone!

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