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Friday, May 9, 2014
Ravens pick Terrence Brooks in 3rd

By Jamison Hensley

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The pick: Terrence Brooks, FS, Florida State

My take: The Baltimore Ravens finally address one of their biggest needs by drafting the fastest safety prospect in the draft. Brooks ran the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds, the top time at that position in the NFL combine. He is the type of rangy center fielder that the Ravens need and allows Matt Elam to move to strong safety. A former cornerback, Brooks covers a lot of ground with his speed. When playing center field, he makes good initial reads and doesn't put himself in bad positions. With good upper-body strength, Brooks plays much bigger than his size and is an aggressive hitter. He has the reputation of being a driven player. There is a question about his playmaking ability. He drops a lot of interceptions.

Very defensive: New Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak has to wonder what's going on. The Ravens needed an offensive tackle, wide receiver, tight end and running back. But the Ravens' first three picks have been all defensive players, including two from national champion Florida State. All three of those players (Brooks, linebacker C.J. Mosley and defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan) could be starters on this year's defense.

What's next: The Ravens will find good value with their third-round compensatory pick at guard, running back and wide receiver. They have to draft an offensive player at some point, don't they?