**I don’t think the Ravens need to worry about picking someone new up via free agency, but instead should focus on resigning some of their own guys and building through the draft.
Joe Flacco QB - Obviously needs to be resigned.
Paul Kruger OLB – He has really emerged as a pass rushing threat over the second part of this season. He might walk in order to start somewhere else but if the Ravens can keep him then they should. I was all for letting this guy walk before, but he has become too valuable to the defense and is just what the Ravens need opposite Suggs on passing downs. I guess it will mainly depend on how Upshaw progresses.
Dannell Ellere ILB - Cut McClain and resign Ellerbe. He has really come on strong this season as well.
Anquan Boldin WR – Boldin isn’t the receiver he use to be but man does he still make plays in the clutch. I don’t believe he will cost much to retain and he will once again add a much needed veteran presence to a young receiver group.
**Predicted Compensatory Picks: 4th and 5th
1st Round – Chance Warmack OG, Alabama – Te’o is by far my favorite prospect in this draft but he isn’t a realistic option. I’m sticking with Warmack out of Alabama. Would be an instant starter and pro-bowler for years to come.
2nd Round – Sharrif Floyd DE, Florida – I love how this guy plays. He has helped his stock this year and I think the defensive line should be a main priority for the Ravens this offseason.
3rd Round – Khaled Holmes C, USC – Centers tend to slide on draft day, so that’s why I have Holmes falling to the 3rd. He is considered one of the top centers in the draft, so getting him in the 3rd would be extremely good value.
**Trade 2013 4th Round Pick and 2013 5th Round Pick to move up to the top part of the 4th Round.
4th Round – Andrew Jackson ILB, Western Kentucky – Jackson is a small school standout who has the ability to be the next big time inside linebacker for the Ravens. Big, strong middle linebacker (6-1 255) who has the ability to shut down an opposing team’s run game. After much research, I honestly believe Jackson will be this year’s NaVarro Bowman and will far outplay where he is drafted.
4th Round* – Daniel McCullers NT, Tennessee – Terrance Cody hasn’t lived up to his potential so far in his career so the Ravens need to find another guy who can plug the middle and allow our inside linebackers to make plays. McCullers is a massive nose tackle (6-6 380) that has done an excellent job in Tennessee’s 3-4 defense. He is still raw and has tremendous upside. Of course the only knock would be linked to his height and pad level as a result.
5th Round* – Michael Williams TE, Alabama – Big, blocking tight end who is considered to be one of the best blocking tight ends in college football. Williams will compliment Pitta perfectly. Also, he is a deceivingly good receiver (even though he is slow).
6th Round – Marcus Davis WR, Virginia Tech – Huge receiver (6-4 230) who is very fluid and does an excellent job going up for the football. Davis could develop into a much needed red zone threat. Similar to Tommy Streeter but has much better hands.
7th Round – BJ Scott FS, South Alabama – Scott has been making plays for South Alabama since he arrived on campus. He was once a 5-star recruit and if he continues to develop, could end up making a solid special teams player and provide depth.
Edited by ClintLB8, 03 December 2012 - 04:01 AM.