Thursday, April 3, 2014
Kiper's take on one Ravens' draft scenario
By Jamison Hensley
The Baltimore Ravens' two biggest needs are offensive tackle and free safety. So, what happens if Notre Dame offensive tackle Zack Martin and Louisville safety Calvin Pryor are both sitting there when the Ravens pick at No. 17?
ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said Martin gets "the slight nod" at No. 17. Kiper has Martin rated as his 20th-best player in the draft and ranks Pryor two spots behind him.
What really stands out for Kiper is Martin's versatility.
"He can play left tackle if [Eugene] Monroe got hurt," Kiper said. "You can immediately pencil him in as a starter at right tackle. He can play guard, too."
Martin solidified himself as a mid-first-round talent with his consistency at Notre Dame and a strong showing at the Senior Bowl. Pryor, however, hurt his stock after the season.
"Pryor didn't test that well but he played very, very well at Louisville," Kiper said. "He was one of [coach] Charlie Strong's favorite players. On performance, he'd be a top-15 pick. His workouts weren't impressive as a first-rounder. But you put it all together, he'll probably be a late one."
The Ravens may face this same scenario when the first round takes place May 8.