Thursday, May 8, 2014
Predictions for Ravens' first-round pick
By Jamison Hensley
A look at what the media is predicting for the Baltimore Ravens with the 17th overall pick:
Jamison Hensley, ESPN.com Pick: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
Hensley's comment: The prevailing thought is the Ravens will trade down because Ebron, Clinton-Dix and Martin are all off the board. But the Ravens will stay and take Mosley, a top-10 talent in this draft. Yes, offensive tackle and safety are clearly bigger needs. Mosley is too good to pass up for the Ravens.
Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN Pick: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Kiper'scomment: This guy is a difference-maker in the passing game, a long, fast matchup problem with the size to drag corners who try to pull him down after he makes the catch. The Ravens added Steve Smith, but they shouldn't be out of the game for another major target in the passing game.
Todd McShay, ESPN Pick: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
McShay's comment: I've had Ebron going as high as the top 10 previously, but I think he makes more sense down here at No. 17 for the Ravens. They need another pass-catching weapon for QB Joe Flacco, and Ebron is a big-play threat who can stretch the seam and also make plays after the catch.
Don Banks, Sports Illustrated Pick: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Banks' comment: With both consensus first-round safeties already selected (Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor), the Ravens would rebound nicely by finding Lewan still available. He'd shore up the right offensive tackle slot that Michael Oher vacated and help Baltimore get back to running the ball consistently in the rough and tumble AFC North. If Lewan and the safeties are all gone, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley makes sense as a mid-round pick with proven playmaking ability.
Charlie Campbell, Walter Football Pick: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Campbell's comment: It makes a lot of sense. Gary Kubiak loves his tight ends, and he only has one reliable tight end on the roster right now. Owen Daniels was signed, but he's been very injury-prone recently. Besides, he was brought on for only a one-year contract.
Charles Davis, NFL.com Pick: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
Davis' comment: Will pair with last year's first-round pick, Matt Elam to give Baltimore a formidable last line of defense.
Nate Davis, USA Today Pick: Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame
Davis' comment: Whether he's a tackle or guard, Martin would solidify a line that left QB Joe Flacco (48 sacks) on his back far too often in 2013.
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network Pick: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Jeremiah's comment: Clinton-Dix would fill a pressing need, but Ebron is the bigger talent.
Peter King, The MMQB Pick: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
King's comment: Party in the Ravens' draft room. They love Ebron's ability to be an instant force in the passing game and, combined with Dennis Pitta and perhaps Owen Daniels, the Ravens will have the best tight-end depth chart in football. Joe Flacco is very, very pleased.
Pat Kirwan, CBS Sports Pick: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
Kirwan's comment: The Ravens still need offensive linemen but they are too smart to reach. Pryor is a free safety with over 200 tackles and he forced 9 fumbles.
Mark Maske, Washington Post Pick: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
Maske's comment: This probably would be a bargain for the Ravens if Dennard falls to them at 17th.
Mike Mayock, NFL.com Pick: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
Mayock's comment: Mosley is a great fit for the Ravens -- an inside linebacker who played in a 3-4 at Alabama. He makes this defense better immediately.
Gary Myers, New York Daily News Pick: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
Myers' comment: Start with theory that it never hurts to take one of Nick Saban's defensive players. And add to that GM Ozzie Newsome is an Alabama man. Mosley is best ILB in draft, and Ravens lost a pretty good one when Ray Lewis retired after 2012 season.
Ourlads' Scouting Service Pick: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
Ourlads' comment: Athletic enough and by scheme design does not let a receiver get on top of him. As the last line of defense, he lines up at 10-12 yards deep. Keeps good position on receiver and jumps a ball carrier once he crosses the line of scrimmage. Reads things quickly. Good ball skills and has the range of a center fielder.
Pete Prisco, CBS Sports Pick: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Prisco's comment: He isn't a huge need, but the talent is there. The Ravens would see the value.
Rob Rang, CBS Sports Pick: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
Rang's comment: General manager Ozzie Newsome is a master on draft day in large part because he sticks to the "best player available" strategy. While the hole at right tackle might literally be the Ravens' biggest need, pairing Clinton-Dix with 2013 first-round pick Matt Elam would give Baltimore a fierce, physical and instinctive young deep patrol.
Peter Schrager, Fox Sports Pick: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
Schrager's comment: I haven't seen Clinton-Dix mocked to the Ravens many other places, but it'd make some sense if he fell all the way to 17th overall. Safety is a position of need (Matt Elam could play one spot; Clinton-Dix could play the other), and Ozzie Newsome loves his Alabama guys.
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