Chat with Jamison Hensley
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, ESPN NFL Nation Baltimore Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley stops by to chat and answer all of your Ravens questions.
Hensley joined ESPN.com in 2011 after covering the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun for 11 years. A graduate of the University of Maryland, he lives in the Baltimore area with his wife and son.
Send your questions now and join Hensley Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET!
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:00 PM)
The draft is almost upon us -- finally. So, let's get to all of your questions and thoughts about the upcoming draft. I will try to get to as many as I can today.
If Mike Evans falls past TB at number 7, could you see the Ravens trading up to get him?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:02 PM)
Not really. The Ravens could trade up as high as No. 8 if they're willing to give up their second-round pick. But the Ravens aren't going to do that. That would mean the Ravens' next pick would be 79th overall in the third round. If the Ravens traded their third-round pick, the highest they could trade up is No. 14. I could see them doing this if there is someone they really covet is sitting there at that spot. But Evans isn't going to last past the top 10.
Ed (Queens Village)
Ed Reed next person in Ring Of Honor?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:03 PM)
No. He hasn't even retired yet. My guess is Todd Heap. I think it happens this year.
Rich (New Jersey)
Hi Jamison - If any following players are available at number 17, Alabama's Clinton-Dix, Jimmie Ward of Northern Ill., or Zack Martin of Notre Dame which one will it be, I'm guessing safety Jimmie Ward. Any chance the Ravens move up or down plus a 2nd or 3rd round choice ?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:05 PM)
Jimmie Ward, the safety out of Northern Illinois, isn't worth the 17th overall pick. That's a reach, in my opinion. Ward is an option if the Ravens trade back in the first round. If you're talking about Clinton-Dix and Martin, the Ravens would hope Clinton-Dix would fall. But my guess is Martin doesn't make it past the Giants at No. 12 and Clinton-Dix is taken by the Lions (No. 10) or Cowboys (No. 16).
Jamison, sure you'll get lots of questions about this. With Mosley as the mock pick and with that being as good a chance as any of being the real pick, how do you think the Ravens would use him? Surely they have to see what Arthur Brown has, so does Mosley alternate downs with Smith to rest him, or is he spelling Suggs on the outside in coverage or something else?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:07 PM)
Inside linebacker isn't a glaring need but the Ravens aren't comfortable with that position. That's why they showed so much patience with Rolando McClain. Let's not forget that Daryl Smith is 32, and Arthur Brown didn't develop as quickly as everyone envisioned. Mosley is a guaranteed starter in 2014 and has Pro Bowl potential.
if the Ravens were to take CJ Mosley in the 1st round as you suggested , will you be more inclined to take a Tackle or Safety with the 2nd pick ?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:08 PM)
It's difficult to predict the Ravens because they go on best player and not biggest need. You would think safety or tackle would get addressed in the second round. But it wouldn't surprise me if the Ravens chose a corner, tight end, defensive tackle or wide receiver in the second round.
Ryan (Hanover, PA)
If the Ravens are facing the decision of Dix, Ebron, or Martin, who do they take?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:09 PM)
Ebron is the most talented player in that group, so I would go with him.
Worst case scenario for the Ravens is being on the clock with Ebron, Clinton-Dix, Martin, Pryor, and Mosley off the board, right?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:10 PM)
I would agree with that. At that point, the Ravens could look at cornerback because one has to slide if those players named are all gone.
Mike F. (Reisterstown)
Any chance the Ravens could get Towson's Terrance West in a later round? How do they feel about him?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:12 PM)
I like West and he should be a candidate to go in the third and fourth rounds, when the Ravens are looking to take a running back. But I will say this: West played behind a great offensive line at Towson. There were some big holes. He won't get that in the NFL, so that's my biggest question. Can he make yards when there is little room to do so?
Would they consider taking a corner like Darquis Dennard if he is available at 17?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:13 PM)
Don't see him lasting until 17. Justin Gilbert and Kyle Fuller both have better shots at being there when the Ravens are on the clock.
if the Ravens can use about 2 mill in free agency , would that be enough to get Eric Winston if we cant get the right tackle in the draft?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:13 PM)
Definitely. He'll be lucky to get $1 million. At this point, Winston may only get the vet minimum.
Is there any way Ravens trade back and take Jimmie Ward in the first? Or maybe trade up in the second to get him? I think he's the perfect fit next to Elam.
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:14 PM)
I feel those are the scenarios that need to happen in order for the Ravens to get Ward. They either trade back in the first round or trade up in the second. I have a draft primer on him going up on the blog in 15 minutes.
Jean Claude (Vermont)
Are the 49ers the most likely trade partner if the Ravens move back? If so, what would they get?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:17 PM)
In the NFL Nation mock draft, I got calls from the 49ers and Saints wanting to move up to get a WR. There will be interest from teams, especially if Odell Beckham is sitting there at No. 17. The Ravens could get a second-round pick from either team if they moved back.
Jim B. (Taneytown, MD)
JH- With all the mocks having all four top tackles gone, the top WR's gone, and Eric Ebron all but gone, do the Ravens wait and see how the draft unfolds to trade down or do they stick to "the board" they have in the castle?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:18 PM)
In that scenario, I have the Ravens staying to take Alabama LB C.J. Mosley at No. 17. Clinton-Dix would be the pick if he was still there. My gut says the Ravens are going to stay at No. 17 to get an impact player.
Jeff (Washington DC)
Seems the Jets really want a receiver who will be available at 17. Any chance Ozzie can tempt them to trade up one spot to undercut another team further back? It would not cost us the person we would want if they bite.
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:19 PM)
That is a possibility. But the Ravens probably would only get a sixth-round pick from the Jets to do so. It won't be a lucrative deal.
Jeff (Washington DC)
Back to Steve's question, if Mosley is a guaranteed starter then what happens to D. Smith and Arthur Brown? Would be a real waste to see Brown sit on the bench after we not only used a second-rounder on him but also another pick to move up to get him. Do you see offering one of them as a trade in that case?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:21 PM)
If the Ravens take Mosley, he would start alongside Smith. You keep Arthur Brown because he has upside. But the Ravens have sat second-rounders in the past. Look at Paul Kruger and Chris Chester. Not all second-rounders are like Torrey Smith and Ray Rice. Brown would still have a role on nickel defense and special teams.
Rich (Baltimore) [via mobile]
If it happens like they say and all the QB's fall, do the Ravens take Manzell or Bortles at 17?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:21 PM)
Hi Jamison,What do you think is the earliest round the Ravens would consider taking a QB?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:22 PM)
Fourth round. Two compensatory picks at the bottom of that round, so essentially they're both early fifth-round picks in some regard.
The Raven's recent draft classes have not been extremely notable, which is uncharacteristic of the Ravens front office. Do you think Ozzie and the rest of the front office will try to make a big move and attempt to make a splash? Or will they just fall back and get more picks?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:23 PM)
A big reason why the Ravens haven't made a splash is because they've picked No. 25 or later the past five years. They're excited about the chance to take a player at No. 17. That's why I feel they are staying there and not trading back.
Jeff (Washington DC)
Can you please rank the five following players as you think the Ravens will on their draft board? Ebron, Mosley, Clinton-Dix, Martin, Pryor. Would you agree that it will be one of those if they stay put?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:24 PM)
Ebron, Clinton-Dix, Mosley, Martin, Pryor.
I am sold on Ebron as a perfect compliment to Pitta. Any chance the Black Birds trade up to get him with say, Bills or Titans? Looking forward to my jersey pre-order if we draft the big TE. I'll hang up and listen. :)
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:25 PM)
The only way the Ravens can get in front of the Bills (No. 9) and Titans (No. 11) is trading a second-round pick. I just don't see that happening. But I agree with you that the Bills are a likely landing spot for him. This could change if the Bills decide to trade up to No. 1 and take Clowney.
Natty Boh (Cape Saint Clair, MD)
If the ravens cannot get a saftey in the draft. Do you believe there is any chance the ravens consider signing tanard jackson, or consider giving him a work out ?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:27 PM)
The Ravens have their safety net, pardon the pun, with Darian Stewart. He was an occasional starter during his time with St. Louis, where he was coached by current Ravens secondary coach Steve Spagnuolo. If the Ravens don't trade a safety, Stewart is going to start alongside Elam. This would be the same, or perhaps a downgrade, from James Ihedigbo.
I think the Ravens 1st 4 picks will be: ILB, OL, S and RB in that order. What are your 1st 4 picks?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:28 PM)
I can see that happening. I would put a TE, CB or DT somewhere in the mix as well.
The first three games on the Ravens schedule are against divisional opponents and Ray Rice may be suspended to start the year. With that being said, how early do you think the Ravens will pick a RB? and which RB is most likely to end up in Baltimore?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:29 PM)
The Ravens will start looking at running backs in the third round. Washington's Bishop Sankey, West Virginia's Charles Sims and Florida State's Devonta Freeman would be good fits.
Another Ring of Honor question. What about Billick?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:30 PM)
I would absolutely put him in. He changed the whole direction of the franchise. But I don't see that happening any time soon, unfortunately.
Could you see the eagles possibly making an offer to move up with their various holes on defense and offense??
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:32 PM)
The Eagles are definitely another team looking for a wide receiver. So, they may be interested in moving up as well. I hear they like Indiana WR Cody Latimer a lot. if that's the case, the Eagles won't have to trade up to get him.
Andrew auburn [via mobile]
Dream scenario = ? Great scenario = ? Good scenario = ? Awful scenario = ?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:35 PM)
Dream scenario: Michigan OT Taylor Lewan falls to the Ravens. Great scenario: Alabama FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is available when the Ravens are on the clock. Good scenario: The Ravens take Alabama ILB C.J. Mosley. Awful scenario: The Ravens trade back and take Virginia OT Morgan Moses, who isn't athletic enough to fit into this blocking scheme.
Calvin Pryor (Louisville)
Am I a fit for the Ravens?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:37 PM)
If the Ravens didn't have Matt Elam, Pryor would be a great fit at strong safety. But, with Elam on the roster, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Jimmie Ward and Deone Bucannon are better complements.
Do you ever see a scenario in the future where the Ravens have a power structure with Ozzie Newsome as vice president of football operations- kinda like what Parcells was in Miami- With DeCosta as the GM?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:38 PM)
I've never thought about that. This would be a way to put Newsome in more of an advisory role and give the power to DeCosta. It's something to mull over. Part of me feels that, when Newsome wants to retire, he will head back to Alabama and not have a role with the Ravens.
Is there a scenario in which the Ravens draft CB Kyle Fuller? He is a hometown prospect and the Ravens value CB's highly. Thanks
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:39 PM)
Ryan, check out this link: http://espn.go.com/blog/baltimore-ravens/post/_/id/9322/ravens-can-make-this-a-hometown-draft
Zach Indy [via mobile]
If the ravens take a backup qb how high do you think they draft one? Aj McCarron has the most big game experience but he may not be the best fit.
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:40 PM)
I still think the Ravens won't take a quarterback until the fourth round at the earliest. But they've had pre-draft visits with McCarron and Jimmy Garoppolo. Both won't be there at that point in the draft. So, maybe the Ravens will surprise.
Jeff Davis Minot AFB [via mobile]
If CJ Mosley and haha are still on the board who would the ravens take?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:41 PM)
Clinton-Dix. He is just as good as Mosley and he fills a bigger need.
is there a rule on what we get back if we trade down or up? ex.. if we trade the 17th for the 22nd(eagles) are they forced to give us a 4th also? or is it discussed between the teams?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:41 PM)
There is a draft pick value chart that each team has. They differ in some ways, but it's basically the same. Here is a link to one: http://walterfootball.com/draftchart.php
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:43 PM)
This is a first. I don't see any more questions. Hope everyone enjoys the draft and we'll chat again next week about how it turned out for the Ravens.