2012 7 Round Baltimore Ravens Mock Draft: Selecting Isaiah Pead in Round 2?
With just two weeks until the NFL Draft, everybody and their mother thinks they're Mel Kiper, or better yet, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller.
So I'm sure there will be some uproar as to who I have the Ravens selecting in round two of this mock draft. But this far into draft season, you have to stir up the pot a little bit.
I tried to be as realistic as possible in placing players in their projected rounds and trying to get inside the mind of Ozzie Newsome.
Clearly that is impossible and I expect the Raven's draft to include a couple of trades on draft day as it typically does, whether it be trading up or down. But this is just a gander as to what the Ravens draft could potentially look like in two weeks. Enjoy.
Round 1 (Pick 29): Peter Konz C/OG (Wisconsin)
The closer we get to draft day, the more I think that Peter Konz will be the pick.
The Ravens have done nothing to address the left guard position at this point, and Konz's versatility at need positions and NFL readiness makes him a very attractive option here.
His stock has fluctuated a bit, a result of an ankle injury that kept him sidelined during the NFL Combine, but after an impressive pro day it's safe to say that he's back in the first round discussion.
The Ravens have already visited with Konz, as reported by Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times, and were present at his pro day. So it's obvious that they are seriously considering the Wisconsin center for the first round.
Konz would compete with Jah Reid for the starting left guard position in training camp, and would eventually slide back to center once Matt Birk retires.
Drafting Konz in round one would solve what is easily the Ravens' biggest need for next season, and allow Ozzie Newsome and company to focus on defensive needs and adding weapons for Joe Flacco for the rest of the draft.
Round 2 (Pick 59): Isaiah Pead HB (Cincinnati)
The majority of fans will disagree with taking a running back this early, but I like Pead at the end of round 2 for a couple different reasons.
For one, I don't think there will be a receiver available here that will be that much of a step up from a receiver that can be had in the third or even the fourth round.
I also don't think there will be a pass rusher available worth this pick, as I have Ronnell Lewis, Shea McClellin and Vinny Curry all off the board by the time the Ravens pick in round two.
There is value at running back at the end of round two however, and Isaiah Pead would be a more than adequate value at this spot.
At 5'10" 197 pounds, Pead is an explosive back that catches the ball very well out of the backfield, something that QB Joe Flacco sometimes relies on heavily.
Pead could spell Ray Rice next season, and potentially become his replacement as the feature back in 2013 if a deal doesn't get done.
This may seem like a far-fetched scenario but considering the Ravens have already brought Pead in for an interview, they will at least consider him here.
Ray Rice is a fan favorite so it probably won't be a popular pick but it could pay immediate dividends.
Round 3 (Pick 91): Keshawn Martin WR/KR (Michigan State)
This may seem a bit early to take a kick returner, but the Ravens need a receiver as well and Martin is shooting up draft boards with his ability to do both.
At 6'0" 188 pounds, Martin ran a 4.45 second forty at the NFL combine, and has the ability to make moves on defenders without losing any speed.
He could contribute immediately as a kick and punt returner, and would challenge Tandon Doss for the third wide receiver spot next year.
Martin has the speed to be a legitimate deep threat opposite Torrey Smith next year, which would allow Anquan Boldin to work the middle of the field.
Round 4 (Pick 130): Janzen Jackson S (McNeese State)
The Ravens typically aren't afraid to take prospects with "character issues" and develop them in a strong locker room.
Janzen Jackson could be one of those prospects.
Out of high school, Jackson was highly recruited, and turned down LSU for Tennessee. But after a fall out with the coaching staff, Jackson was dismissed from the team and transferred to McNeese State.
He also has had substance abuse problems and was arrested for armed robbery.
However, despite the concerns, Jackson is natural athlete that plays the ball very well and has seen time at cornerback.
Aside from Ed Reed, the Ravens lack safeties that can cover well, which is definitely Jackson's strong suit.
He has tremendous upside and with the right guidance could be a potential successor for Ed Reed. He could just as easily be a train wreck, but again, his talent may warrant taking a shot on him in the fourth or fifth round, especially in such a weak safety class.
Round 5 (Pick 164): Miles Burris LB (San Diego State)
I have to give credit to Bleacher Report writer Shawn Brubaker for bringing this prospect for my attention in an article he wrote last week.
Burris is a versatile linebacker prospect that could play multiple positions in the Ravens 3-4 defense.
He played outside linebacker at San Diego State, but according to Sports Illustrated's Tony Pauline, the Ravens worked him out as an inside linebacker at his pro day.
Burris seems to be able to do everything: set the edge, rush the passer, cover tight ends and blow up screen passes.
If he does indeed end up a Raven, it will be very interesting to see where they plan on using him.
He could contribute immediately on special teams, and may even see time with Paul Kruger at outside linebacker as a rookie.
Round 5 (Pick 169): Nate Potter OT (Boise State)
Bryant McKinnie has been serviceable at left tackle since the Ravens brought him in as an overweight, troubled free agent late last off-season.
However, McKinnie is coming up on the last year of his contract and will turn 33 before the start of the season.
The Ravens could certainly bring him back for a Matt Birk-type deal next off-season, but they should also be thinking about the future at left tackle.
Michael Oher seems to be best suited at right tackle, so bringing in a mid-round left tackle prospect to learn behind McKinnie for a couple years while providing depth is a very realistic possibility.
Nate Potter played four years at left tackle for Boise State, and is an athletic lineman with quick feet. He could also provide some depth at left guard, as he has no problem getting up field and sticking on linebackers.
Round 6 (Pick 198): Vontaze Burfict ILB (Arizona State)
There's no question that Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict is a first round talent.
But after completely bombing his interviews at the NFL Combine, his character concerns make it hard to gauge where he will get drafted.
Some pundits believe that Burfict could still get drafted in the third or fourth round, while others believe that he won't get drafted at all.
If he's around in the 6th or 7th round for a team with a strong locker room like the Ravens however, it's hard to imagine him becoming an undrafted free agents. That is how it worked out for Legarrette Blount a few years ago though.
One thing's for sure, Burfict plays like a Raven on the field.
He's also expressed his desire to play next to Ray Lewis, and there isn't much of a risk in drafting him this late.
Round 7 (Pick 236): Vaughn Meatoga DE (Hawaii)
After losing Brandon McKinney and Cory Redding in free agency, the Ravens need to add depth along the defensive line both through the draft and the later waves of free agency.
Meatoga was a college defensive tackle, but has the size and athletic ability to make the transition to defensive end in a 3-4 system.
Meatoga is strong against the run and has a high motor, he could easily be selected before the 7th round.