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Thursday, April 24, 2014
Analyzing McShay mock: Ravens

By Jamison Hensley

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay has linked a different player to the Baltimore Ravens in each of his previous four mock drafts.

In his first two, he gave them two playmakers: Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans and North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron. McShay's third mock draft had Alabama's C.J. Mosley, the top-rated inside linebacker, going to the Ravens. In his fourth mock, Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin went to the Ravens.

McShay's latest mock draft, which lays out different scenarios for each team, is out on ESPN Insider, Insider and he has the Ravens taking a familiar face with the No. 17 overall pick.

Just like in his fourth mock draft, McShay has the Ravens taking Martin in the first round. This pick would represent value and need. Martin is ranked as the 10th-best player in the draft by Mel Kiper Jr., and right tackle is the Ravens' biggest void on the team.

Right now, the Ravens would start Rick Wagner, a fifth-round pick from a year ago. This is because the Ravens haven't signed anyone to replace Michael Oher, who left in free agency to be overpaid by the Tennessee Titans (his contract averages a reported $5 million per season).

Martin would start immediately, and he and center Jeremy Zuttah would be the important additions to the Ravens' offensive line. Martin is a tough, physical and nasty lineman who lacks the prototypical measurables for a first-round prospect. But he will draw comparisons to the Ravens' Pro Bowl right guard, Marshal Yanda.

In McShay's mock, other top prospects linked to the Ravens were already taken: Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan (No. 6 to Atlanta), Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans (No. 7 to Tampa Bay), North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron (No. 9 to Buffalo), Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (No. 10 to Detroit), and Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley (No. 13 to St. Louis).

That essentially left the Ravens to choose between Martin and Louisville safety Calvin Pryor.