Thursday, May 10, 2012
Grade the Ravens' 2012 draft
By Jamison Hensley
Each day, we'll look at the draft for one team in the AFC North and ask you to put a grade on it. Either post a comment below or send me one to the AFC North mailbag. At the end of the week, I will post a fans' report card that includes all the division teams, along with selected commentary.
Next up is the Baltimore Ravens. Here's what they did in the 2012 draft:
Second round: Courtney Upshaw, LB, Alabama. Replacement for Jarret Johnson is eager to prove himself after watching four Alabama teammates get selected in the first round.
Second round: Kelechi Osemele, OT, Iowa State. He could make an immediate impact if he transitions from college tackle to NFL guard.
Third round: Bernard Pierce, RB, Temple. Backup for Ray Rice rushed for 3,570 career yards and 53 touchdowns.
Fourth round: Gino Gradkowski, C/G, Delaware. The younger brother of Bruce Gradkowski could be the eventual replacement for center Matt Birk.
Fourth round: Christian Thompson, FS, South Carolina State. Ran the fastest 40 time (4.5 seconds) for safeties at the NFL combine and likes to hit.
: Asa Jackson
, CB, Cal Poly. Small-school corner lacks size but can make a contribution as a returner in his rookie season.
: Tommy Streeter
, WR, Miami. Raw prospect has intriguing size (6-foot-5) and athleticism.
: DeAngelo Tyson
, DL, Georgia. He's big and athletic enough to make a team looking for depth on the defensive line.