Pick 129: John Simon, DE OSU
The Ravens were not messing around when they said they wanted to improve the defense. The first four selections were all defensive picks and improved several areas of the unit. Simon, a two-time captain at Ohio State, is a great value in the late fourth round. Simon has a tremendous motor and is a solid pass rusher. He will likely be added to the rotation of Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil, and Courtney Upshaw.
Simon fits the mold of everything the Ravens like on defense. He fell in the draft due to average athleticism, but has an array of pass rush moves.
This was purely a value pick from the Ravens perspective, but most were expecting them to add someone on the offensive line or at wide Receiver with this pick.
Pick Grade: B+
Pick 130: Kyle Juszczyk, FB Harvard
Juszcyk is a player I mocked to the Ravens in the fourth round. After reports that the Ravens had brought him in for a workout, I knew there had to be a lot of interest in the kid. Vonta Leach has been one of the best fullbacks in the league for years, but the Ravens might not be willing to pay him his $4.3 million dollar cap hit for a part time player. The Ravens will likely need to address the left tackle position in free agency, but don't have the salary cap room to do so. The pick of Juszczyk probably spells the end of Leach's career in Baltimore.
Juszczyk is a punishing blocker, but played tight end and H-back for the Crimson. He's a good receiver which adds something to the Ravens offense that they didn't really have in Leach. The flexibility of Juszczyk was probably appealing to Jim Caldwell as he takes over for his first full year as offensive coordinator.
Many will say this was early for a fullback, but the Ravens wanted to make sure they secured their guy.
Pick Grade: B