Ravens Draft Preview: Part Two

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Ravens Draft Preview Round 2

Part two of our Ravens’ Draft preview zeros in on some  prospects who should be available for us at pick 62, along with some prospects who may be available at the top of round two. We all know Ozzie is famous for trading out of the back of the first round into the top of the second, he’ s done it twice in the past three years.

Something for Ravens fans to watch for in the early stages of the first round that may be an indicator of what the Ravens will do in regards to their first pick is the draft movement of  the quarterbacks. If teams stay true to the value of this year’s class, then really only QB Geno Smith should go in the first round. If that’s the case, then look for the back of the first round to be a hotspot for teams looking to nab Matt Barkley , EJ Manuel, or Ryan Nassib. That would bode well for the Ravens who could move back a few spots, pick up some extra draft choices, and still nab a player they’ve targeting at 32.

If teams in the top ten decide to reach for QB’s in the first round, then we could see a run on them like in 2010 when Christian Ponder and Jake Locker were reached for. It’s possible to see three or four QB ‘s in the top half of the first round. In that scenario the Ravens can probably stand pat and wait for a player to fall to them at 32 who they have in their top 25.

The first group here is scenario one: players that should be available if the Ravens were to trade back a few spots to the top of round two.                                                                                                                                                                                           

Damontre Moore

Damontre Moore

OLB-Damontre Moore: The Texas AM sack artist registered 12.5 sacks last year in the SEC and would fit in very nicely as an understudy and situational pass rusher for the Ravens. The Giants have definitely proved that you can never have enough pass rushers, so an extra one here makes sense.

Safety Matt Elam: The junior speedster out of Gainsville would be a great replacement for Ed Reed and start day one at free safety, which would allow Huff to play strong safety(a position more suitable to his skills of playing in the box.) It’s widely said by draft pundits that Elam is the second best safety in the draft behind Texas’Kenny Vacarro, who almost certainly will go mid first round.

DT Jonathan Hankins- Another mammoth nose guard who would really help stiffen up our run defense. The former buckeye can be dominant at times but also tends to take plays off which is probably what keeps him out of the first round.

Here are some prospects to watch for at pick 62:

WR Terrance Williams: The Baylor standout was absolutely dominant at times last year. I personally watched him take over a game early in the season last year with three touchdowns and over 300 yards against WVU. He s got big play potential as he runs a sub 4.5 forty. He has great hands, and he’s got good size at 6″2 208.                                                                                           

Terron Armstead

Terron Armstead

OT Terron Armstead: Here’ s my sleeper in the draft! This behemoth offensive tackle from Arkansas Pine- Bluff can be our left tackle of the future. He turned down multiple Division 1 offers to attend Ark Pine Bluff because it was the only school that would let him also participate in track and field where he excelled as well. He dominated the East-West game so much he was invited to play in the Senior Bowl where he also impressed. Armstead would be a complete steal at 62.

Safeties Jon Cuprien/DJ Swearinger: Both these safeties would make sense at the end of round two to compete in camp for a starting job along with filling in for  special teams duties. Both players are explosive hitters with question marks with their straight line speed. Cyprien has great inside the box skills with great size, while Swearinger is a better in coverage with the ability to stay with slot receivers. Both these guys could push James Ihedigbo for playing time this year at strong safety.

Round 2 can be just as exciting as round 1 with this year’s draft thin at the top but strong in depth. There don’t seem to be a ton of blue chippers in here, but only time will tell.

Part 3 of this preview next week will look at rounds three and four where the Ravens have three picks.


One Comment

  1. Jeff, Great post.I love your sleeper pick in Terron Armstead who is just so impressive with his skill set and measureables.When you are that large and can move to the tune of a 4.6 forty you have to be quick and fast.Which means good feet. But my main concern was his competition or the lack thereof. If he interviews well and has that nasty side then he is a done deal.If not i like the junior from Florida St.Watson has a huge upside.

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