Baltimore Ravens 2013 Mock Draft: Full Seven Round Predictions
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It is hard to believe, but the 2013 NFL Draft is only a few days away. The Ravens have had a busy offseason, they lost some key players but also added some new faces. Despite all the additions and subtractions, the Ravens still have some holes to fill.
They still have needs at safety, left tackle, and wide receiver. At a minimum they should at least add an inside linebacker to compete with new addition Rolondo McClain.
The Ravens have a history of drafting the best player available instead of for need. However, it is not a coincidence that the draft is deep at inside linebacker and safety. Both of these positions could be filled at almost any point of the draft. The Ravens have a knack for finding key players in the later rounds of the draft.
Flush with picks, the Ravens have twelve total picks because of a trade with San Francisco and compensation for players leaving in free agency. The odds of the Ravens keeping all of these picks are unlikely, look for them to trade some of these picks to move up and down the board.
First Round: Justin Hunter, Wide Receiver
The Ravens have not had the most success when drafting a wide receiver in the first round. Travis Taylor and Mark Clayton both had their moments but all and all are considered to be two of the Ravens more disappointing draft picks. Perhaps the third time will be the charm if they draft Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter.
Hunter has skyrocketed up many draft boards particularly after an outstanding pro day which featured a 4.36 40-yard dash. Although slender (listed at 196 lbs.), Hunter has good height (almost 6'4") and reach (arm length is 33 1/4 inches) to go along with an impressive vertical leap of 39.5 inches.
The Virginia Beach native had a productive season. He finished the 2012 season with 73 catches, 1,083 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.
The Tennessee product is fast with good hands and can go up and get it. He could be a great compliment to the speedster Torrey Smith and perhaps make up for the loss of Anquan Boldin. Having two vertical threats could also open things up for tight end Dennis Pitta.
Second Round: Terron Armstead,Offensive Tackle
Bryant McKinnie is still a free agent. Whether or not they bring back the former Pro Bowl left tackle remains to be seen. Regardless the Ravens need someone who could step in and play right now or at a minimum play tackle for the foreseeable future. Enter Arkansas-Pine Bluff Offensive Tackle Terron Armstead.
Although a little light by NFL standards, Armstead is an exceptional athlete. He turned in an extremely impressive NFL combine where he ran the fasted 40 time for any lineman prospect (4.65, yes that's faster than Te'o). He possesses explosiveness, quick feet and strength.
There are questions about Armstead and his competition since he went to a small school but he was also impressive at the Senior Bowl and the East West Shrine game.
Armstead could compete for playing time right away or at least be the tackle of the future. He has risen up many big boards, so the Ravens may have to trade up to get him. If so they have plenty of picks to strike a deal.
Third Round: Bacarri Rambo, Safety
How can you go wrong drafting a guy named Rambo? If Bacarri Rambo is still available the Ravens certainly would not be wrong.
As one can see in the highlights, Rambo is a ball hawk as well as a big hitter. His best season came in 2011, where he started all 13 games and recorded 55 tackles, eight pass breakups and a team high eight interceptions.
Perhaps his drug-related suspension will cause the Ravens to exercise caution when considering Rambo. If they believe Rambo can get passed those issues, he would pair nicely with veteran safety Michael Huff.
Fourth Round: B.W. Webb, Cornerback
Watch Webb take it to the house.
The Ravens already have McCLain and McClain at linebacker, so how about Webb and Webb in the defensive backfield?
Although not considered a major loss in the grand scheme of things, the Ravens lost Cary Williams to the Philadelphia Eagles in free agency during the offseason. So cornerback is a bit of a need for the Ravens and in a passing league one can never have enough pass-rushers or cornerback-enter B.W. Webb.
Webb is a small guy (listed at 5'10", 184 pounds) from a small school-William & Mary. One thing that is not small is Webb's play. With 11 career interceptions, Webb is quick has proven to be a bit of a ball hawk, something the Ravens could always use. He also has experience in the return game. According to CBSSports.com, Webb averaged "11.2 yards per punt return as a senior with a touchdown."
If available in fourth round, the William & Mary product could add to the Ravens secondary depth as well as special teams.
Fourth Round (Compensatory Pick): Kevin Reddick, Inside Linebacker
It is no secret that the Ravens need to restock their linebacker corps particularly at the inside linebacker position. The Ravens have added the often troubled Rolondo McClain to help make up for the losses of Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe. Both Rolondo and Jameel come with their own questions entering the 2013 season.
The Ravens could address their inside linebacker needs earlier in the draft by selecting the likes of Manti Te'o, Kevin Minter or Alec Ogletree. If they choose this path, the Ravens could still acquire a talented inside linebacker by drafting North Carolina's Kevin Reddick.
At the beginning of the season, Reddick was considered to be one of the best linebacker prospects just behind Notre Dame's Manti Te'o. Unfortunately for Reddick, he did not quite live up to the hype during his senior season.
He was still productive and flashed his excellent tackling skills on many occasions throughout the season. Reddick was a two-time captain during his career at UNC, and with Ray Lewis and Ed Reed gone, his leadership as well as solid play would be welcomed.
The former Tar Heel has a lot of upside and the Ravens could hope to tap into that by drafting him with their "other" fourth round draft pick.
Fifth Round: Alvin Bailey,Offensive Guard
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For all the departures from the Ravens this offseason, perhaps an underrated one was that of Bobbie Williams, the veteran guard who also saw time with the Cincinnati Bengals and the Philadelphia Eagles. Although he fought injuries and saw limited playing time as a result, Williams provided depth to the offensive line, something that is extremely important.
How could the Ravens best replace and perhaps upgrade the spot Williams vacated? Perhaps replacing Williams with Alvin Bailey, also a former Arkansas Razorback, is the answer.
Bailey possesses size (listed at 6'3", 312 pounds) and surprising quickness for big man. His versatility could be his best quality. Because of the offense Arkansas employs, Bailey often played both left and right guard.
Fifth Round (Compensatory): Aaron Mellette, Wide Receiver
I have gone on record to say that the Ravens need to draft wide receiver Aaron Mellette. Although he is still a bit raw and played at the small school Elon University, Mellette was very productive and possesses a great amount of upside.
Mellette has the size, speed, and hands to make plays in the NFL and add to an improving Ravens offense. Should the Elon product be available at this point in the draft, it would behoove the Ravens to draft Mellette.
Sixth Round (from San Francisco): Keith Pough,Inside Linebacker
Considering the state of the Ravens defense and the linebacker corps specifically, it certainly would not be a surprise if the Ravens doubled up on the position in the draft.
The Ravens have expressed interest in the local Howard University prospect Keith Pough according to the Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson. Another small school prospect with a lot of upside, Pough could be a late-round steal.
Pough is instinctual and physical. His speed is a question and of course there are concerns about the competition Pough faced. He also played well during the Shrine game and displayed leadership qualities which could prove to be valuable as the Ravens reconstruct their defense.
Sixth Round: Jake Knott,Outside Linebacker
The Baltimore Ravens were present at the Iowa State Pro Day perhaps to scout outside linebacker Jake Knott. After adding Pough just one pick ago, the Ravens continue to add to the linebacker corp by selecting the headstrong Jake Knott out of the afore mentioned Iowa State.
Knott is a smart player who reads and reacts to plays well. He has good size and adquate,but not blazing speed. Despite some physical shortcomings, Knott seems go beyond his physical abilities and could continue to do so at the next level.
The Ravens need to continue to add to the depth of their defense and special teams with the exit of Ray Lewis, Dannell Ellerbe, Paul Kruger and Brendon Ayanbadjo. Knott could potentially fill one of such voids.
Sixth Round (Compensatory Pick): Luke Marquardt,Offensive Tackle
The Ravens will no doubt address their defense but adding to the offensive line depth should be of great importance as well especially with the possible departure of Bryant McKinnie.
There has been a lot of buzz surrounding Azusa-Pacific product Luke Marquardt. He stands at 6'8" (1/2) and weighs in at a reported 315 pounds. He flashed athletic skills during a his pro-day that has scouts buzzing. He is a little raw as many small-school prospects are, but he is a smart player that just happens to be coached by the great Jackie Slater.
Seventh Round: Daimion Stafford, Free Safety
The Ravens continue to add to their defensive backfield by adding the athletic Daimion Stafford. Stafford came to Nebraska after a productive JUCO career. He has adequate size and speed.
"Stafford is a smooth athlete with the flexibility and foot speed to accelerate in a flash and blow up plays with his aggressive attitude. He uses his eyes well with the football awareness to break down the action and waste little time making accurate reads in both run and pass coverage. Former Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David was another JUCO transfer and became a second round pick after two seasons in Lincoln. Stafford isn't at the same level as David, but will try and follow that same path."
Stafford has potential to be a playmaker on defense and a contributor on special teams. He would be a solid pick up in the seventh round.
Seventh Round (Compensatory Pick): Kwame Geathers, Defensive Tackle
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The Ravens have made it known that improving the defense up the middle is of utmost importance. They have added veterans Chris Canty and Marcus Spears through free agency to go along with Pro Bowler Haloti Ngata and young standout Arthur Jones.
None the less the Ravens may want to provide competition to underperforming Terrance Cody. Geathers could provide that competition or perhaps take Cody's roster spot. The 6'6", 335 pound Georgia product is a run stuffing force that could add to defensive line depth.