Best Case Pick: Courtney Upshaw DE/OLB (Alabama) or Dont'a Hightower ILB (Alabama)
I'm not sure whether Upshaw or Hightower has a more realistic shot of being there for the Ravens at pick number 29. But if either of them makes it that far, it only seems logical that Ozzie Newsome jumps on the opportunity to inject the defense with youth and talent at two positions of need.
Upshaw would obviously fill a more immediate need at outside linebacker, even though Paul Kruger seems confident that he can handle the the role of setting the edge like Jarrett Johnson once did.
Hightower would be the heir apparent to Ray Lewis if he were to be the pick in Round 1, and would certainly give Jameel McClain some serious competition in training camp.
Most Realistic Pick: Peter Konz C (Wisconsin)
It's no secret that the Ravens badly need an immediate starter at left guard and a future replacement for Matt Birk at center, and Konz could fill both of those voids.
There's also a good chance that he'll be available at number 29 and has shown a nasty streak in his play that gives him that "play like a Raven" vibe.
Worst Case Pick: Trade down.
Ozzie Newsome will seldom reach for a player, and this year should be no different. If there isn't a player who he thinks is worth the 29th pick overall, Newsome will likely trade down.
There should be plenty of potential trading partners trying to get back into the first round at that point, so moving down for extra picks should not be a problem.
If Corutney Upshaw, Dont'a Hightower, Shea McClellin and Peter Konz are all off the board when the Ravens pick, Newsome will likely start entertaining trade offers.