Baltimore Ravens fans are well-aware that they are one of the best defensive teams in the NFL, and have been for the last decade or so. However, they chose to go the safe route and draft another defensive player instead of solidifying their offensive line.
In the first round on Friday, they drafted former Alabama superstar linebacker/defensive end Courtney Upshaw as the 35th pick in the 2012 draft, but they have already been criticized for not going after offensive help. They drafted running back Bernard Pierce out of Temple in the third round of the draft (84th overall).
The Ravens were supposed to have the 29th pick of the draft (which is near the end of the first round), but they swapped their first-round choice with the Minnesota Vikings for the 35th-overall pick (second round) and also a fourth-round selection.
Upshaw, who was on an Alabama team that won the 2011 national championship, is a potential impact defensive player who can add protection to Terrell Suggs. He recorded impressive numbers in his four years with the Crimson Tide; he finished his career with 140 career tackles and 16.5 sacks. Last season was his best after he registered 51 tackles, 8.5 sacks and one interception on their way to success.
So yes, Upshaw seems to have a bright future in the NFL, and the Ravens could definitely use the help with the loss of outside linebacker Jarrett Johnson, but who would have been a better selection for the Ravens in the first round?
Check out my top five list of the players the Ravens should have pursued to fortify their offense.