Baltimore Ravens: Joel Bitonio

If you're hoping the Baltimore Ravens will land an offensive tackle or safety, you're not going to be pleased with ESPN's predictions for the team's second-round pick.

Mel Kiper Jr.Insider has the Ravens taking Fresno State wide receiver Davante Adams with the No. 48 overall pick. Adams is a rangy, possession receiver who led the nation with 131 receptions in 2013.'s Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl went with Nebraska cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste for the Ravens. Jean-Baptiste is a big defender (6-foot-2) with tremendous leaping ability and intriguing upside.

My pick for the Ravens is Nevada offensive lineman Joel Bitonio. He's a tough, durable and versatile blocker who is effective in zone-blocking schemes and can play either tackle or guard.

What are the odds Bitonio will be available in the middle of the second round? Not good, according to our projections. Kiper has Bitonio going to the Washington Redskins at No. 34 (second pick of the round), and Muench and Weidel have him getting picked by the New York Giants at No. 43.

Here are some other names to remember in the second and third rounds for the Ravens:

Wide receiver: USC's Marqise Lee (second round), Indiana's Cody Latimer (second round), Clemson's Martavis Bryant (second or third round), South Carolina's Bruce Ellington (second or third round) and Penn State's Allen Robinson (second or third round).

Tight end: Texas Tech's Jace Amaro (second round), Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins (second or third round), Notre Dame's Troy Niklas (second or third round) and Iowa's C.J. Fiedorowicz (third round).

Running back: Washington's Bishop Sankey (third round), Kent State's Dri Archer (third round), West Virginia's Charles Sims (third round), Auburn's Tre Mason (third round), Boston College's Andre Williams (third round) and Towson's Terrance West (third round).

Offensive tackle: Bitonio (second round), Alabama's Cyrus Kouandjio (second round), Ohio State's Jack Mewhort (third round) and North Dakota State's Billy Turner (third round).

Guard: UCLA's Xavier Su'a-Filo (second round) and Stanford's David Yankey (third round).

Defensive tackle: Florida State's Timmy Jernigan (second round), Minnesota's Ra'Shede Hageman (second round) and Notre Dame's Louis Nix (second round).

Cornerback: Florida State's Lamarcus Joyner (second round) and Utah's Keith McGill (second or third round).

Safety: Florida State's Terrence Brooks (second round), Wyoming's Marqueston Huff (third round), Minnesota's Brock Vereen (third round) and Stanford's Ed Reynolds (third round).
With 28 days until the NFL draft begins, here is another potential draft prospect for the Baltimore Ravens:


Position: Offensive lineman

School: Nevada

Height/weight: 6-4, 302

Round projection: Second or third round

File this away: His father, Mike Bitonio, was a mixed martial arts fighter. He died at the age of 45 in 2010.

Good: Extremely tough and durable, Bitonio plays with a mean streak and isn't afraid to mix it up. He showed his versatility at the Senior Bowl, where he lined up at offensive tackle, guard and center. His character and leadership is outstanding.

Bad: He started at left tackle in college, but he doesn't have the size or arm length to project to that position in the NFL. It could be a transition for him to move inside. Bitonio can be inconsistent with his technique and has a tendency to fall off blocks.

Bottom line: The Ravens should be interested in Bitonio because he is an effective zone blocker and he has the versatility they typically covet in offensive linemen. If the Ravens don't draft a lineman in the first round, Bitonio would be a good value pick in the second or third round. They're looking for a guard or right tackle, and Bitonio could possibly play both positions.