Ravens Draft: The Only Pick I Won’t Like

Featured, Sports and Bets — April 22, 2014 at 2:53 pm by

by Babes

It would be very easy to argue that no team in the past 18 years has had more success in the first round then our own Baltimore Ravens.  With names like Ogden, Lewis, Suggs, Reed, and Ngata, you have five extremely strong cases for the Hall of Fame, and all five were Raven first round picks.  Other names like Starks, McAlister, Heap, Grubbs, and Boulware were other players that produced for years, some helping Baltimore bring home two Super Bowl championships within a twelve year span.  It’s safe to say the man at the helm for each one of those selections, Ozzie Newsome, is one of the best in the business.

By all means babes, I have full confidence in Ozzie.  He is able to see years into the future, and that ensures that this team stays successful.  By evidence of last year, he proved that he would not mortgage the future being of the team to take a  long shot at term success.  Ozzie has a clear vision of how to keep this franchise on the course, and it’s working.  But I have a bad feeling that this year’s first round selection could be safety Calvin Pryor, and I’m totally against it.

Pryor is essentially the same player as Matt Elam.  He is better suited to play strong safety, as his center field coverage skills are not the best part of his game.  It could be an intriguing match, Elam and Pryor, as they could be interchangeable on any down, but that’s basically what we had last year with Ighedibo.  We need a tall, rangy, centerfield type safety with ball skills that will create turnovers.  Ha Ha Clinton-Dix would be a much better fit, but I don’t believe he will be there at 17.  I also believe this draft is too deep to trade up for a safety in the first round.  I would much rather see the Ravens trade down a few spots if they have Pryor staring them in the face, and no step-in starting quality offensive lineman on the board.

I would also rather them grab an impact defensive lineman to work into the rotation over Pryor in the first round.  Someone like Ra’Shede Hageman could step right in and challenge Deanglo Tyson for Art Jones’ spot at the five technique.  But I think most of all I want to see a young impact offensive weapon in the first round.  Whether it’s a wide receiver or a tight end like Eric Ebron, the Ravens need a playmaker on offense.  Somebody that has a nose for the end zone.  I’ve preached5, and his addition would instantly boost our red zone efficiency.

Another term con to drafting another safety in the first round this year is the sheer certainty that they wouldn’t be able to sign both safties term five years from now.  The safety position is not one that is allocated a lot of cap space, so no way are you paying top dollar to two of them.  And I hate watching first round picks walk out the door via free agency.   Like Ben Grubbs did because of cap space issues.  A  balancing of positions in first round picks helps the franchise keep more of their homegrown players, and too much concentration in one area will ensure their eventual departure.

Let’s hope Taylor Lewan falls to us and we have our bookend tackles for the next five years.  Because the Ravens should be saying no on Calvin Pryor.

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