1st Round: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
The offensive line is our biggest need and Matthews is a fantastic talent that is likely to fall. Joeckel and Lewan are the top 2 OTs on the board and often times the 3rd will fall, even in such a good draft for tackles. Matthews is the son of a hall of fame LT and despite playing RT in college he should have no problem shifting to the left side. He has good footwork and has a frame that looks like he could add 15 more pounds without sacrificing agility. This pick would also allow us to shift Oher to RT and Osemele to LG, a move that would solidify 3 spots with one pick. If he does not fall to us then we should add youth to the defense and take Aboushi in the 2nd.
2nd Round: Bennie Logan, DE/DT, LSU
We need to get a much better push from our defensive line. Arthur Jones has stepped his game up in recent weeks, but it looks like it might be time to move Ngata to NT while McPhee is best used as a situational pass rusher. Logan is a raw talent but has the athleticism and long arms to be a very, very good 5-tech. He is strong against the run and also provides a pass rush. Given that this is such a strong defensive line class, it is very likely that he will be there for us late in the 2nd round. He may decide to come back to school and in that case we could take Floyd from Florida instead.
3rd Round: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
Fuller has elite size, comes from an NFL DB factory, and possesses surprising speed and agility. In this day and age you can never have too many cover corners, especially with our injury issues. I don't expect Cary Williams to be back and this guy should make a solid trio of CBs with Webb and Smith.
4th Round: Andrew Jackson, ILB, Western Kentucky
This guy is a downhill player with a mean streak. He is very solid against the run and flat out plays like a Raven. McClain will likely not be back and Jackson will be more than adequate replacing him.
4th Round (comp): Phillip Thomas, FS, Fresno State
I've seen Thomas receive a lot of hype lately but I don't expect the combine to be kind to him. No problem; the kid has great instincts and is always around the ball. He has 8 ints on the year and has taken a couple back for 6. He looks like a perfect replacement for Ed Reed.
5th Round: Marquess Wilson, WR, Washington State
Wilson is a headcase but his talent can't be denied. He is a complete steal in the 5th round and hopefully our veteran locker room will straighten him out.
5th Round (comp): Dalton Freeman, C, Clemson
Freeman is a tough player who has the agility to excel in a zone blocking scheme. He and Gradkowski will compete for the starting spot at center.
5th Round (comp): Daniel McCullers, NT, Tennessee
Even with Ngata moving to NT we need more depth at the nose. McCullers is a complete monster and you can never have too many big bodies on the defensive line.
6th Round: Steve Greer, ILB, Virginia
Greer is a hard-nosed football player who will excel on special teams and could also help out on passing downs. I have watched him all year and he certainly plays like a Raven.
6th Round (comp): Michael Williams, TE, Alabama
Williams is a great blocking TE and we all know Ozzie loves a 'Bama product. He will be the eventual replacement for Ed Dickson.
7th Round: Nathan Williams, OLB/DE, Ohio State
Williams is a high motor pass rusher who will add depth to a vital position in the likely event that we won't be able to afford to bring back Paul Kruger.
Edited by stm85, 17 December 2012 - 05:16 PM.