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Baltimore Ravens: Mock Draft and Free Agent Targets

Kyle HowardContributor IOctober 8, 2016

Baltimore Ravens: Mock Draft and Free Agent Targets

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    The Baltimore Ravens are coming into the 2011-2012 NFL season with great aspirations and are one of the favored teams to win the Super Bowl.

    To do this however they are going to need to have a strong showing at the NFL Draft. Signing a few big time free agents won't hurt either. 

    Follow with me through seven rounds of Baltimore picks followed by free agents that could be signed to help bolster the team and bring a championship back to Baltimore.

Round : 26th Overall Pick

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    Brandon Harris (CB Miami)

    Why not go back to the "U" after all the success that the Ravens have had there with their draft picks?

    It's time to rebuild the secondary for Baltimore and why not start with another explosive player out of Miami who can be the start of a new generation of a dangerous D. 

    This could be one of the last seasons that the Ravens have the chance to win a Super Bowl with the "Old D" of Lewis and Reed.

    Especially after there have been rumors that Ray is going to announce that this may be his last season, this is when the Ravens have to jump on a corner that they can rely on to help them win a Super Bowl and Harris is there man.

Round 2: 58th Overall

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    Titus Young (WR Boise State)

    The Ravens receiving corps has been depleted for a while and they are due an update.

    By not selecting one in the first round however they missed their opportunities on Baldwin, Smith, and Cobb. So then Titus Young falls on their plate. He was great at Boise, known for making great plays when they were needed and has shown great agility and receiver abilities.

    He is a playmaker and is someone that would take defenders away from Boldin.

    The Ravens receivers are old and they need a spark of speed to upgrade the offense and give Ray Rice a break from being the only young speed they currently have on the offense.

    Adding Young would be a good start to rebuilding the wide receiver core for the Baltimore Ravens and adding a second part to the Ravens offense and giving Flacco a good target to break big plays.

Round 3: 90th Overall

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    Casey Matthews (ILB Oregon)

    It's time to start thinking about the future of the Ravens line backing unit because Ray Ray can only play for so much longer.

    He is going to be 36 in May so its time that the Ravens find a successor for him and this gives Jameel McClain some competition for this position which will either prove that he is not made out to be the starter or it will kick his butt into gear and he will show is full potential.

    The only issue with this pick is that some think that Matthews might be gone at this point in the draft. But if the Ravens are lucky he will still be available at this point and he will be a great pick with the 90th pick and should be able to make an impact immediately either on special teams or in spot duty. 

Round 4: 122nd Overall

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    Ricky Elmore (DE/OLB Arizona)

    The Ravens need to get a DE that is able to put pressure on opposing teams quarterbacks to help with what should be a new and young secondary.

    Being able to put pressure on the quarterbacks often will allow for the younger players that will be playing in the secondary to have time to learn and react better to how plays are going to develop.

    Ricky Elmore formed a dynamic duo with Brooks Reed at Arizona, and is not getting as much attention in the 2011 NFL Draft, but is a good prospect.

    He could be a great pick for the Ravens in the fourth round and should be able to show an immediate presence as a pass rusher. 

Round 6: 180th Overall

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    Eric Gordon (OLB Michigan State)

    Eric Gordon was a four-year player at Michigan State and ended up being one of the most productive players they have ever seen on their defense.

    Despite being a bit undersized that has never stopped him and he has shown that he can play with more heart than anyone else on the field.

    He has shown that he can make big hits and is good as a pass rusher or dropping back in coverage during his tenure at Michigan State.

    Again this is another position on the defense that the Ravens could use depth at and in the sixth round these picks can be used to take chances on players and also find hidden gems.

    Gordon could be a great OLB for the Ravens and could develop into a player that could play the position for a long time with the Ravens.

Round 6: 191st Overall

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    Mistral Raymond (FS South Florida)

    The Ravens secondary continues to be an area that can always be improved, and they got torched by Roethlisberger a good safety in the sixth round could help improve the secondary.

    This is a position that the Ravens may address either in the draft or in free agency after the draft.

    So if they don't want to take a safety here they will most likely look towards another WR possibly someone like Terrance Toliver, WR, LSU.

Round 7: 213th Overall

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    Alex Linnenkohl (C Oregon State)

    Matt Birk isn't getting any younger it might be time to draft a successor for him.

    The Raven's last pick in the draft sounds like a good time to do so.

Possible Free Agents That Can Improve the Ravens

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    Look into a backup quarterback for Flacco in the case of injury.

    Options: Matt Hasselbeck, Marc Bulger, or even Matt Leinart 

    Running Backs to add depth if McGahee is gone

    Options: Cedric Benson, Darren Sproles, Ricky Williams

    Wide Receivers: Have I mentioned the Ravens might need some help there?

    Options: Vincent Jackson, Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards, T.O., Randy Moss, you can even look into bringing back T.J

    Offensive Line

    Bring back Jared Gaither but put him on the right side of the line, so that you can pay him as a right tackle, this way you also don't have to worry about a bad back on your blindside. 

    Other options for OL: Tyson Clabo, Jammal Brown, or Doug Free but only if you can't get Gaither back

    Defensive Line

    On the DL you could look into bringing on a DE that is a veteran and could put up immediate numbers to help your defense. If this is the route the Ravens plan to take look for them to go for someone like Ray Edwards or Shaun Ellis. 

    In the case of the DT, I can't even put into words how important it is that the Ravens resign Haloti Ngata his worth to the team is unmeasurable and makes a gigantic impact on this team.

    Linebackers

    How sweet would it be for the Ravens to go and take LaMarr Woodley from the Steelers.

    A great OLB/DE, he could fill a need for Baltimore and it would just be such sweet satisfaction to take him from the Steelers. 

    Defensive Backs

    One name... Nnamdi Asomugha, he's a free agent this year and he is 30 years old and considered the best defensive back in the game.

    He is going to want to get out of the Black and Silver and try and actually win a Super Bowl. The Ravens should make an offer, he would make an immediate impact on any team.

    Antonio Cromartie and Champ Bailey both should be available options for the Ravens if they miss out on Asomugha.

    As for Safeties the Ravens can look to sign a few or resign some current players.

    They have the option to resign Dawan Landry who finally had a good year after a few bad ones or they could look to go after a free agent like Quintin Mikell who could make an interestingly good combo with Ed Reed.

    Signing even a few of these players would add depth to positions and add some great talent to the team and would allow them to make a strong run to the Super Bowl.

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