Ravens' 'great' first-round scenarios

May, 8, 2014
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If Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan is the Baltimore Ravens' dream scenario, a great scenario for the team is either North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron or Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix falling to the No. 17 overall pick.

Ebron is the best tight end prospect since Vernon Davis in 2006. His size, athleticism and speed makes him a matchup nightmare for defenses.

He would complement tight end Dennis Pitta because he can stretch the field, and he is more of a long-term solution than Owen Daniels, who is on a one-year deal. Tight ends are a major part of new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's system.

Ebron has been heavily linked to the Buffalo Bills at No. 9. But there's a chance that the Bills could trade up for Jadeveon Clowney, which would take them out of the running for Ebron.

The Detroit Lions (No. 10), Tennessee Titans (No. 11), New York Giants (No. 12) and Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 15) are other potential landing spots for Ebron.

Another preferred scenario for the Ravens is drafting Clinton-Dix. He has a chance to be one of the top safeties in the NFL because of his size, speed and ball skills. His ability to play center field would allow Matt Elam, last year's first-round pick, to play strong safety.

Clinton-Dix has been a popular pick for the St. Louis Rams (No. 13) and Chicago Bears (No. 14). Other possibilities include the Minnesota Vikings (No. 8), Detroit Lions (No. 10), Tennessee Titans (No. 11) or Dallas Cowboys (No. 16).

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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