Ravens 2013 Mock Draft: Predictions for Day 2 and Beyond
The Ravens selected Matt Elam with the 32nd pick in the first round, just like I had projected in my first mock.
The Ravens have the following picks left in the draft: 62, 94, 129, 130 (comp), 165, 168 (compensatory), 199 (via SF), 200, 203 (compensatory), 238 and 247 (compensatory).
In this article I will make some changes to my original mock and add some analysis from previous picks I had made for each of the aforementioned selections.
No. 64 (trade up - use pick No. 165): Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State
I'm changing up my prediction from Round 2 earlier because I see the Ravens finishing out their defense.
I think the Ravens are going to make a move up the draft board by about 10 to 15 spots to draft Arthur Brown, the inside linebacker from Kansas State. Brown is exactly the type of player the Ravens are looking for to fill the void left by the departures of Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe.
After the team's selection of safety Matt Elam in the first round, it is clear that the Ravens are trying to add speed to the defense. Brown is very rangy and can make plays from sideline to sideline. He's also one of the better coverage linebackers in the draft, and right now, the Ravens don't have any of those on their roster.
Brown will need to add weight and strength in order to hold up as a run defender in the NFL against the bigger offensive lineman, however, he shows good instincts and will be able to use them to get by until he does so. If the Ravens add Brown, they will have closed off all of the holes on the defense, and they would only have a couple of question marks to answer with the offense throughout the rest of the draft.
The Ravens could also look to add Manti Te'o, Menelik Watson, Terron Armstead, or Kiko Alonso in the second round.
No. 94: Reid Fragel, OT Ohio State
Fragel is one of the most intriguing offensive line prospects remaining in the draft. Just like with the previous pick, I could also see the Ravens moving up for a player like Fragel because he's going to be picked between the mid-third round and early fourth round.
Fragel is a converted tight end who has added weight and learned to play tackle for Ohio State. He's still very raw but offers a lot of potential as a future left tackle prospect. The Ravens desperately need a left tackle, and he offers the most potential at this point.
This move could potentially allow new Ravens offensive line coach Juan Castillo to develop raw talent like he was famous for when he was in Philadelphia.
No. 129: Kyle Juszczyk, FB, Harvard
No. 130: Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall
It may seem confusing to some of you why the Ravens would take a fullback in the fourth round when they already have Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach. However, Leach has a very rich contract this year and they might have to unload him in order to make room for someone else (like Bryant McKinnie or another free agent tackle).
It is also known that after Jim Caldwell took over the offense last year, Leach’s role decreased, and some speculate that the coaches might not want to pay a part-time fullback so much money. Juszcyzk has visited the Ravens this offseason and would offer a solid replacement for Leach.
Dobson would be great value at the end of the fourth round for Baltimore. He's got the size and speed the Ravens are looking for in their receivers, as well as very strong hands. Dobson is a long strider who could struggle to gain separation in the pros until he refines his routes more. However, of the receivers in this part of the draft, Dobson probably offers the most promise to turn into a starter.
No. 168: Zac Dysert, QB, Miami (OH)
Here I have the Ravens taking quarterback Zac Dysert. I’ve watched Dysert play at Miami (Ohio) since his redshirt freshman year, and I even wrote a short piece on him back then for DraftBreakdown.com. The Ravens current backup quarterback is Tyrod Taylor and his only competition at the moment is Caleb Hanie.
The Ravens want to groom a solid backup for Flacco in case he gets injured, and Dysert has starting potential if he’s in the right system with good coaching. Dysert is the best quarterback to come from Miami since Ben Roethlisberger, and he could be selected anywhere from the late third to the late fifth round. At this point, the value is too good for the Ravens to turn down.
No. 200: Kwame Geathers, DT, Georgia
No. 203 (compensatory): Ryan Jensen, OG, Colorado State-Pueblo
Justice Cunningam is a terrific blocking tight end, which the Ravens do not have in either Dennis Pitta or Ed Dickson. Cunningham is also a solid receiver, but he is underwhelming as an athlete. He's a solid route runner, which will help him in the NFL, but because of his lack of athleticism, he will struggle to consistently get open. However, Cunningham offers potential as a blocking tight end, and can even serve as a potential backup plan if either Dickson or Pitta leave in free agency next offseason.
Kwame Geathers is another player the Ravens have had contact with this offseason that would instantly add depth to their interior defensive line. The 3-4 end positions in the Ravens defense are stacked with talent, but after Haloti Ngata and Terrence Cody, there isn’t anyone else who could play nose tackle.
Geathers split playing time at Georgia with John Jenkins, who will be picked in the first two days of the draft, so he didn’t really have much time to show what he’s capable of. However, the physical tools are certainly there for him to become a solid player.
Ryan Jensen first came on the radar of most draftniks at the Colorado pro day where he met with several teams, including the Ravens. The Ravens need depth on their offensive line, and Jensen seems like he has potential (although admittedly, I’ve never seen a Colorado State-Pueblo football game). However, Jensen has all the measurables you look for in a guard, and he could be a good late-round flier for the Ravens.
No. 238: Onterio McCalebb, RB, Auburn
No. 247 (compensatory): Braxston Cave, C, Notre Dame
Onterio McCalebb is a versatile running back that would offer a lot to the Ravens' offense and special teams. McCalebb was a dangerous return man for Auburn as well as an explosive offensive weapon at times.
Braxston Cave played on a pretty impressive offensive line at Notre Dame this past year and is fairly underrated. He is limited athletically but has solid fundamentals and is supposedly a smart player, too. The Ravens don’t have much competition for new starting center Gino Gradkowski, and Cave would probably come to Baltimore competing to be the backup. As a compensatory pick in the seventh round, Cave provides good value and could develop into a solid backup.
Rob Engle is the co-founder of www.DraftBreakdown.com
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