Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Kiper's Big Board and Baltimore
By James Walker
Since we didn't get to the Baltimore Ravens last week, let's see how Mel Kiper's latest draft board matches up with Baltimore's No. 25 overall pick.
Keep in mind, Kiper only ranks his top 25 players.
Pick: No. 25
Kiper's ranking: No. 21 USC S Taylor Mays, No. 22 Oklahoma OL Trent Williams, No. 23 Michigan DE Brandon Graham, No. 24 Texas LB Sergio Kindle, No. 25 Oklahoma TE Jermaine Gresham
Early thoughts: None of these players really catch my eye for Baltimore, mostly because there is no receiver in this group. Safety depth could be an issue depending on what the team does with pending free agent Dawan Landry and Ed Reed thinking about retirement. With that said, Mays could be a good value late in the first round. But I don't see anyone else from this group filling a major need for Baltimore. Although this year is not considered a top-heavy draft for receivers, two to watch are Golden Tate of Notre Dame and Illinois' Arrelious Benn. But I don't have a firm grasp on where either junior would rate at this point.