2012 NFL Mock Draft: Baltimore Ravens Community Mock Draft Results
The very first Bleacher Report community mock draft is finally finished, and with it, Ravens fans could examine the possibilities that were available.
The community mock draft was a great exercise. Whereas traditional mock drafts try to guess other players' draft value, a community mock draft allows the team to truly get an idea of who will be on the board.
As GM for the Ravens, I found myself in a couple of tough scenarios, but I was able to pick eight players who play like Ravens and have upside for the future.
My main positions of focus were pass rusher, offensive line and wide receiver, but I made sure to abide by the Ravens' best player available philosophy.
Still, I refused to leave this draft without upgrading a few specific positions.
First and most importantly, the Ravens have an absolute void at kick and punt returns right now, so I refused to leave the draft without one.
Also, since this draft is stocked with pass rushers, I made sure to make them a focus, as I was sure that these pass rushers could turn into excellent value picks.
With that in mind, here are the Ravens' eight selections from the mock draft.
I look forward to comments on my selections, and I hope to get feedback or grades on all eight selections.
Round 1, Pick 29: Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
While there were a few more creative options available, Peter Konz was both the best player on the board and a player who would fill a major need.
Though Konz's draft stock is falling, the Ravens rarely pay attention to pre-draft hearsay. If Konz was high on the Ravens' board at the beginning of the process, he will continue to remain a top prospect for the Ravens.
And with his experience on a top offense, why wouldn't he be a top prospect?
Konz grades very highly in terms of technique, so he would be able to step in right away and start either at guard or center.
While he could stand to add some power, some work with the Ravens' training staff would help him develop some more strength.
All in all, I was thrilled to find Konz available, as he is a top-20 prospect who fills a major need.
Round 2, Pick 60: Ronnell Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma
Here, the Ravens could fill a void at pass rusher and allow Terrell Suggs some extra freedom to operate.
This was a tough pick, because both Shea McClellin and Lewis were very intriguing. Ultimately, Lewis's experience against the top offenses in the country gave him the edge.
And despite constantly facing top opponents, Lewis played at a high level when healthy. He is both a good pass rusher and an excellent run defender, and he looks like a solid starter at outside linebacker.
At the very least, Lewis will immediately contribute on special teams.
He flashed his tremendous athleticism at the combine, and that athleticism should help him contribute early on both special teams and defense.
Round 3, Pick 91: Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise State
Slightly before the mock draft, Mike Mayock moved Shea McClellin up to his second overall outside linebacker.
While that had no bearing on my selection, it does show what an absolute steal this was.
Picking between Lewis and McClellin in the second round was incredibly difficult, but with McClellin available at the end of the third round, the Ravens would get the best of both worlds.
McClellin plays with an unquenchable fire, as his love for football is clear every time he steps out on to the field.
That combined with a nice burst off the line and solid strength make him a can't miss prospect and clearly the best player available at the end of the third round.
This pick, along with Lewis in the second round, would give the Ravens a great stock of young pass rushers, and as the Giants have shown, a team can never have too many pass rushers.
Round 4, Pick 130: Antonio Allen, S, South Carolina
I stuck with defense here in the fourth round, as Antonio Allen was too good of a prospect to pass up at the end of the fourth round.
Allen was a monster at South Carolina, excelling in both pass and run defense.
The Ravens' likely won't be interested in signing Bernard Pollard to a long-term deal when his contract expires, so Allen would give them some long-term flexibility while providing immediate depth.
Perhaps more importantly, Allen will be a terror on special teams, as his athleticism and raw hitting ability should provide a major upgrade for the Ravens' coverage units.
All in all, the Ravens would be thrilled to get Allen at this point, as he could provide excellent depth and long term starting ability.
Round 5, Pick 164: Matt Reynolds, OT, BYU
Once considered a high-round pick, Matt Reynold's stock has fallen somewhat, but not enough to escape the fifth round, where I was happy to scoop him up.
Reynolds is one of the few players outside of the first round with potential to start at left tackle. The Ravens have minimal depth at left tackle, so Reynolds will likely get opportunities at the position.
More importantly, Reynolds could be a potential long-term solution at left tackle. While Michael Oher and Jah Reid are better suited to the right side, Reynolds has the quick feet to protect the blind side.
All in all, despite his age, Reynolds has great upside at a position that the Ravens are looking for a long-term answer.
Round 5, Pick 169: Miles Burris, LB, SDSU
Miles Burris is my favorite player in the draft, as I've made clear over the past few weeks. He is an absolute dynamo on defense, and I knew I would pick him in the community mock draft; I just wasn't sure where it would be.
At the end of the fifth round, I was concerned that I wouldn't get another chance to take Burris, so I finally pulled the trigger.
Burris could lineup anywhere on the Ravens' defense, as he has both tremendous pass- rushing ability, solid coverage skills and run-stopping ability as well.
He would also be an incredible special teams player, which has been an emphasis for the Ravens this offseason.
This would end up being the steal of the draft, as Burris has the potential to start at either inside or outside linebacker, and he has the athletic ability and work ethic to ensure his success.
Round 6, Pick 198: Cliff Harris, CB, Oregon
Picking Cliff Harris is a pure upside pick, but it is one the Ravens can afford to make, with their secondary as strong as it has been in years.
Harris was once considered a top prospect, but off the field issues have really hurt his stock.
While they remain a major concern, Harris has the raw athletic ability to be both an excellent returner and a good nickel cornerback as well.
The Ravens could have trouble retaining both Lardarius Webb and Carey Williams, so the extra depth at corner would be a big help.
More importantly, the Ravens have a huge void at kick and punt returns that Harris could help fill. Harris was an explosive returner in college, and his speed would translate well to the pro game.
Though this is a risk, the Ravens wouldn't lose much if Harris busts, but they could gain so much if he succeeds.
Round 7, Pick 236: Marquis Maze, WR, Alabama
How a receiver with big game experience, excellent college production and dynamic kick return ability fell to the seventh round is baffling, but the Ravens could get away with grand theft here, taking Marquis Maze with their final selection.
The one knock on Maze is his height, and while he is indeed tiny at 5'8", he is also thickly built with excellent toughness.
Maze is a dynamic player on screens and short routes, which is something the Ravens lack right now. If they want to emphasize shorter, higher-percentage passes, Maze could be a major contributor to that effort.
Like Harris, Maze is also a dynamic returner, and the two would compete to be the primary kick and punt returners.
With Maze, the Ravens get a tough player who will be more than willing to get his hands dirty in special teams. In the seventh round, what more could they ask for?