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Most likely first-round scenario for Ravens

5/8/2014

When it comes to all the possible scenarios, the most likely one for the Baltimore Ravens in the first round is drafting Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley.

The odds are against Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron and Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix sliding to the Ravens at No. 17. If I had a mock draft -- and I may be one of the few reporters who don't -- Lewan would go to the Atlanta Falcons at No. 6, Ebron would get drafted by the Buffalo Bills at No. 9 and Clinton-Dix would end up with the St. Louis Rams at No. 13.

Another popular pick for the Ravens has been Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin. I expect him to be taken by the New York Giants at No. 12. Even if he was available, I'm not sold on the Ravens using that pick on Martin because his best position could end up being guard.

This is why I have pegged Mosley as the most likely first-round pick for the Ravens. He represents great value for the Ravens in the middle of the first round. Mosley is the No. 13 rated player on Mel Kiper Jr.'s final Big Board, and he is No. 14 on Todd McShay's player rankings.

The Ravens' top priorities are offensive tackle and free safety, but coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome have both talked about upgrading at inside linebacker. Mosley would start immediately next to Daryl Smith (who is 32), and he could eventually pair with Arthur Brown (a second-round pick last year) in the future.