2011 NFL Mock Draft: Baltimore Ravens 7-Round Mock Draft

Matt FaulconerFeatured ColumnistMarch 3, 2011

2011 NFL Mock Draft: Baltimore Ravens 7-Round Mock Draft

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    The Baltimore Ravens entered the 2010 NFL season as one of the Super Bowl favorites.  That dream fell short as they blew a big second-half lead to the rival Pittsburgh Steelers.

    Baltimore was just a few players short on both sides of the ball and could really use some more speed next season.

    The Ravens have one pick in every round of this year's draft except for the sixth round.  Baltimore will be seeking to add more speed and fill holes in the secondary with these picks.

    Without further ado, here is the 2011 Baltimore Ravens mock draft.

Round 1, 26th Overall: Brandon Harris (CB Miami)

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    The Ravens' biggest weakness is their pass defense; the key pieces on the offense are young, so expect them to improve their already stout defense with a future shut down corner.

    Time is running short in Baltimore for them to win another Super Bowl, as Ray Lewis and Ed Reed are both getting older. Luckily for the Ravens, Harris is still on the board. 

    After Ben Roethlisberger torched the Ravens in the second half in the AFC divisional playoffs, it was evident that the Ravens were going to use this pick on someone in the secondary.

    The Ravens have had good luck with defensive players from "The U" in the past, and Ed and Ray will both enjoy mentoring him.

Round 2, 58th Overall: Titus Young (WR Boise State)

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    Titus Young is the type of player that could go anywhere from the top of Round 2 to the end of Round 3.  The Ravens will hope that he is on the board when they come up to the podium with the 58th selection. 

    The Ravens really need some more speed on the offensive side of the ball.  Ray Rice is the only real speed threat they have on the offense, as Donte Stallworth is not what he was in the past.

    Young is a thin, speedy receiver that has solid hands but doesn't have much for size.  He has been regarded as the "poor man's DeSean Jackson" in this draft.  A "poor man's DeSean Jackson" is exactly what the doctor ordered for the Ravens, as they have a lot of old, aging receivers, outside of Anquan Boldin.

    Young should provide an instant spark for the Ravens and Joe Flacco.

Round 3, 90th Overall: James Brewer (OT Indiana)

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    James Brewer is a very intriguing player, especially in the third round.  Projected to be a late third-round or early fourth-round selection, Brewer should be on the board when the Ravens pick at No. 90. 

    At 6'6'' and 323 pounds, Brewer is a raw talent.  Brewer does not have a lot of experience as he was only a two-year starter at Indiana.  However, Brewer has a lot of potential as he is very quick and agile. 

    With Brewer, he is also very versatile as he may be able to make a move inside to guard, as well. 

    The biggest concern with Brewer is that he appeared to be a little injury prone during his college career.  The last thing Ravens fans want at this point is another injured lineman; however, Brewer does have the most upside of any lineman available at this point in the draft.

Round 4, 122nd Overall: Richard Sherman (CB/FS Stanford)

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    The Ravens will continue to boost their secondary with the selection of Richard Sherman.  Sherman started his career at Stanford as a WR and was converted to a CB.

    Sherman has raw talent and a lot of upside.  He performed adequately at the Senior Bowl and could learn from the likes of Ed Reed.

    Sherman likely will not make a huge impact early in his career, but his versatility to play both CB and S will help him in the long run.

Round 6, 186th Overall: Jeff Maehl (WR Oregon)

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    The Ravens are going to be short at the receiver position next season, thus the reason they select two receivers in the 2011 draft.

    Jeff Maehl has been criticized as of late for not being a true NFL talent.  However, while Maehl is not the fastest receiver in the draft, he has ideal hands and is very agile.

    He showed up for the combine nine pounds heavier than expected, which was a good thing for a guy as rail-thin as Maehl.

    Prior to the combine, many thought that Maehl may not be drafted; however, he went on to break the record in the three-cone drill, showing off his quickness and agility.

    Maehl should fit in well as a slot receiver for the Ravens.

Round 7, 213th Overall: Bruce Miller (DE/OLB Central Florida)

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    Bruce Miller is a player that has flown under the radar, as he is not the most athletic prospect as the OLB position.

    However, in the seventh round, the Ravens cannot pass up a player that had 56 tackles for loss in his career.  Miller has a lot of experience, as he has played in over 12 games in each of his seasons at UCF.

    He is a high-energy player that is always going to bring 100 percent, something that teams want out of a seventh-round selection.

    Miller will make a good special teams player for the Ravens and could contribute in "spot duty" when needed.