Baltimore Ravens Round 2 Preview: 3 Options for the 48th Overall Pick
The Baltimore Ravens got their draft off to a hot start on Thursday night, drafting Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley with the 17th overall pick. Linebacker was one of Baltimore's main needs entering the draft, and the Ravens got their man. Mosley figures to start right away, teaming up with veteran Daryl Smith to create a powerful inside linebacking tandem in the Ravens' 3-4 defense.
The Ravens will have three more picks to play with on Day 2: the 48th overall pick in Round 2, the 79th overall pick in Round 3 and the 99th overall pick, a compensatory pick late in the third round.
With this year's draft offering such depth at several positions, Baltimore could manage to walk away with three impact players by the time Day 2 is over. Right now, let's take a look at some potential options the Ravens could take with their second-round pick at 48 overall.
Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
The Ravens will make their second selection of the draft with the 16th pick of Day 2, but they may want to consider trading up for this first player.
Kony Ealy, ranked a Top 10 overall player by Bleacher Report's Matt Miller, is still on the board as we enter Day 2 of the draft. Capable of playing defensive end or defensive tackle, Ealy would add another electric pass-rusher to a defense that already has the likes of Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil and Haloti Ngata.
With the departures of Jarrett Johnson and Paul Kruger in recent offseasons, the Ravens' pass rush has taken a step back and adding a young, dominant pass-rusher that can handle the strong tackle would go a long way in improving Baltimore's pass defense.
While he doesn't figure to be the first pick of the day to Houston, Ealy is widely considered to be one of the best players, if not the best player, available entering the second round. So to get him, the Ravens would have to sacrifice some later picks this year or next to move up into the top few spots of the second round. Ozzie Newsome is as good as they come when it comes to navigating his way around the draft board, and he'd be wise to go after Ealy if the price is right.
Dion Bailey, S, USC
The Ravens let James Ihedigbo walk this offseason so that they could move Matt Elam from free safety to strong safety. The Michael Huff experiment didn't work as planned last season, and Baltimore now finds itself looking for a new free safety.
Many of the safeties available in the second and third rounds are limited by their size, which won't fit in well with the physical style of football the Ravens' defense plays with. However, Bailey could fit in well with Baltimore, as he demonstrated a very well-rounded skill set last season with the Trojans.
In addition to his impressive pass coverage skills (five interceptions and six passes broken up), Bailey demonstrated the ability to provide steady run support, recording 6.5 tackles for a loss and half a sack.
Considering it was Bailey's first season at safety, he showed he has the potential to flourish at the position with further coaching, and he could pair with Elam to give Baltimore a solid last line of defense.
Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
Many pegged Moses to go in the first round, but with five other tackles coming off the board, the Virginia product now finds himself as one of the top players available on Day 2. With the departure of right tackle Michael Oher, the Ravens have a need at right tackle, and according to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore had Moses in for a visit during their pre-draft process.
Moses brings size, long arms, raw strength and high character to the table, and he would join Eugene Monroe as former Virginia standouts on the ends of the Ravens offensive line.
Alabama tackle Cyrus Kouandjio will also be available going into Friday night, but he figures to go early and because of concerns over an arthritic knee, he isn't worth the probable price it'd take to move up the board to draft him.
The Ravens could also move for Nevada tackle Joel Bitonio, but Moses has more size than Bitonio at 6'6" and 314 pounds. If Moses is on the board at 48, it will be hard for the Ravens to pass him up.