2011 NFL Mock Draft: Todd McShay Says Baltimore Ravens Will Pick Cameron Heyward
Todd McShay's 2011 NFL Mock Draft Has the Ravens Shoring Up Their Front Seven
As per usual, the Baltimore Ravens were one of the best defensive teams in the NFL last season. However, they did have some flaws, particularly in the secondary.
Drafting a cornerback with the No. 26 pick is an option for the Ravens, but they could also stand to upgrade their front seven. That's what Todd McShay sees them doing, as he has the Ravens taking Ohio State defensive end Cameron Heyward in his most recent 2011 NFL Mock Draft (can only be accessed with ESPN Insider).
Heyward is a player that does come with question marks, but McShay thinks he will fit right in with the Ravens:
Heyward would have an immediate impact on a team that is trying to find the right fits along the front seven. Some teams prefer Clayborn as a 5-technique, but Heyward fits Baltimore's desire for a bigger, stronger player.
Heyward is definitely big and strong, but you're not going to find anybody who says he's quick. He doesn't have much range in rush defense, and he doesn't have the kind of closing speed that is going to lead to too many sacks.
Still, if the Ravens are looking for a guy who can eat up blockers, they could do worse than Heyward.
My Pick: Mike Pouncey
Pouncey probably won't drop this far, but he would be a great value pick for the Ravens if he does.
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