Previous pick: Kevin Minter ILB, LSU
The more I look at it, I think there are three players Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens will look to with the last pick in the first round: Matt Elam, Kevin Minter, and Keenan Allen.
Elam makes a ton of sense. The guy is physical, fills a big need and would be an ideal safety to pair with the newly-signed Michael Huff.
I wrote that the pick would be Minter in my last mock, but Baltimore sports writing stalwart John Eisenberg convinced me. After gutting their defense, the Ravens have systematically shown why they have one of the best front offices in the NFL. Newsome has bolstered the Ravens' defensive line, upgraded their pass rush and rotated some new faces into the secondary. Although they are still thin at ILB, Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees spoke of kicking Courtney Upshaw inside next to Jameel McClain this week and the draft is deep at ILB.
The one member of the Super Bowl team that they have yet to replace is the steady Anquan Boldin. ESPN's Jamison Hensley wrote last week that trading Boldin was the only move of the Ravens' offseason he hasn't liked. Boldin was a primary weapon in the postseason and no combination of David Reed, Tandon Doss and Deonte Thompson will fill the void "Q" leaves on the Ravens offense.
Keenan Allen seems like the logical pick for me. Scouts have him rated as a top-5 WR, and, unlike Tavon Austin or Cordarrelle Patterson (both of whom will be long gone by No. 32), Allen has the skill set to help the Ravens move on from Boldin.
There is a fairly good chance Allen will also be gone, as plenty of teams could use a WR, in which case I think the Ravens could fall back on Minter or Elam if they are available. Still, I have seen several mocks with the Ravens taking the Cal product at the end of the first round.
My thinking is that his less-than-ideal 40-yard time at his pro day will push him to the back end of the first round.
Time will tell and everyone knows that Ozzie Newsome loves to trade back for more picks, but for now I have Keenan Allen heading to Baltimore.