Not going to go full mock offseason until after the Superbowl. But touching on it a bit, I think Ozzie will try and retain "the big three"- Joe Flacco, Ed Reed, and Paul Kruger. I think if we retain them it will be a huge accomplishment in the offseason.
On to the draft...I see the biggest need lying on defense. Our defense has been falling apart the past few seasons and needs some new talent. I like our o-line as long as Bryant Mckinnie comes back and takes a reasonable contract like last year. And our pass rush will get better as Terrell Suggs heals, I think Kruger took a big step forward this year but could be even better when Suggs is back to being the focal point for o-lines.
We trade our 4th round pick, and our 3rd round pick for an early-mid 2nd round pick.
Ravens 2013 picks: 1...2...2...3(comp)...4(comp)...5...6...7
1- Kevin Minter ILB LSU- I think if we win the Superbowl, Ozzie goes and gets us a a ILB as a Ray-Placement haha, but of coarse it will still be hard with Ray gone and no one will ever replace him just make up for his retiring. Minter looks like a talented guy, Im skeptical he will be taken earlier in the first but seeing as this is the first mock I have him falling to us. Great instincts, good tackler, and can even cover guys decent. A little raw but he can learn behind Denelle Ellerbe and Jameel Mcclain, and add depth the the position. I think he will have good impact next season.
2- Datone Jones DE/DT UCLA - Another versatile player here, he can play DE or DT. Jones lit up the Senior Bowl practices the past week and looks like a beast, showcasing a lot of versatility. Everyone is saying clearcut first rounder with all the hype around him, but I think his talent is being overlooked a bit. He still needs work, and depending on what posisition he plays he needs size as well. I think we could move Ngata to the inside and Jones could make an impact as a DE, he can get after the QB and has great athleticism, but still lacks skill and size to be a surefire first rounder so I think he could slip to the 2nd.
2-Sharrif Floyd DT Florida- I have actually seen Floyd in a few Ravens mock drafts around the web taking him with the late second round pick. I think Floyd is a run stuffer in the making with some good raw talent. He has average strength and will have to hit the weights hard to gain that runn stuffing power, but he uses his hands and quickness to get around defenders and get after the ball. He doesnt get to the QB much but we would need him more as a run stuffer anyway, seeing how our run defense has gotten worse and worse the past couple seasons. He has a great motor to play high tempo football and has the work ethic to work and groom himself into an even better player.
Compensatory 3rd- Robert Lester S Alabama- 'Bama alumni, Newsome approved. Never thought about a superbowl contending team getting a comp 3rd but we have gotten one before. Lester is not ready to start yet in the NFL, while Ed Reed is not ready to retire from the NFL. Therefore making this a perfect opportunity to grab an above average safety who needs a little grooming before becoming a starter. And no better athlete to learn from then the ball hawk him self Reed. Lester has decent ball skills mixed with good size, physicality and speed.
Compensatory 4th- Brennan Williams OT North Carolina- Played very well his junior year with a lot of hype surrounding him as a potential first rounder. Missed most of his senior year due to a shoulder injury and still needs work. However has the raw talent to become a potential OT of the future with Bryant Mckinnie's future with the Ravens up in the air.
5- Aaron Dobson WR Marshall- With Torrey, Anquan, and Jacoby locked in as the top 3 receivers next season, Dobson could give the incumbent Tandon Doss a run for the 4th spot and could even make an impact next season. Tandon Doss got some opportunities this year but didnt play up to par except for drawing a pair of crucial P.I. penalties in Denver and New England that gave us some help. Dobson is a guy whos stock is rising, but still is projected at the bottom half of the draft. He has a big 6'3" frame the typical go up and get it big guy who has deep speed, and runs pretty good routes, and see's himself as "a complete receiver". He looks like a value in the 5th if he makes it there.
6- Terry Hawthorne CB Illinois- Fast, good footwork for a bigger DB, and actually has great hands. Thing that caught my eye about him was that he was in line to help replace Aj Jenkins after being drafted last year because of his talent at the receiver position, although he is better as a corner Not the best CB but has upside, and after last year with the fallout of Lardarius webb, and for some reason Cary williams wanting big time $ we could always use an extra corner.
7-Joe Madsen C WVU- Matt Birk may play his last game in New Orleans, if thats the case Madsen could help push Gino Gradkowski and compete for the starting job.
Edited by Purple_ICE 81, 26 January 2013 - 10:51 PM.