1) Johnathan Hankins, NT/DT Ohio State
With Shariff Floyd rising up boards, and Star Lotulelei probably falling a bit into top 15 range, I see Hankins dropping to us at #32. Hankins did not do anything spectacular at the combine, while other D-linemen such as Sheldon Richardson had standout performances. Hankins would be a great pickup in the first round for us. He isn't much of a pass-rusher, but still disrupts QB's in the pocket. He plugs up holes easily with his size and strength, and has some surprising quickness.
2) Menelik Watson, OT FSU
The Ravens met with Watson at the combine. I feel he would provide good competition for LT. I can tell the coaches definitely love Jah Reid, so it would be a competition between him, Watson, Harewood, Mims, and probably a vet FA. Watson has amazing athleticism, and quick feet, which is essential for the LT job. Although raw, I feel Andy Moeller and Juan Castillo could help develop him right away.
3) D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina
I feel D.J. will slide in the draft to us in the 3rd round, by being overshadowed by other standout safeties at the combine. Although, he is often penalized for head-to-head hits, he definitely is a hard-nosed tough defender. He looks to have potential to come in, and start right away (depending on if Reed is back). He also met with the Ravens at the combine
4A) (Predicted Compensatory Pick)
Kevin Reddick, ILB, North Carolina
I don't think a 1st or 2nd rd pick will be used on an ILB, as it is not an impact position anymore. I like Reddick enough to come in and fill in for Ray Lewis, next to Ellerbe. He has great intangibles. He also met with the Ravens at the combine.
4B) Joe Kruger, DE, Utah
I think the Ravens like Joe Kruger, brother of Paul Kruger. He has great size, and could be developed into a starter. Coming from a football family, he definitely has natural talent. Mcphee is now uncertain to be ready for training camp, due to knee surgery. Kruger would compete with him for the starting spot. (Arthur Jones would play DT). We also met with him at the combine
5) Michael Williams, TE, Alabama
There's going to be no cap to re-sign Billy Bajema as the 3rd TE (blocking TE). Therefore, I think we add a Bama player in Michael Williams. Williams is a mammoth blocker, and basically looks like an OT. He is a great blocker, and would help in our run game alot next year. He also offers some potential as a reciever.
6) Quanterus Smith, OLB, Western Kentucky
Before his injury, Quanterus Smith was a very underrated pass-rusher. He had a great game against Alabama's NFL Caliber O-line. Due to his ACL tear, he falls to us in the 6th round. When fully healed, he'll provide good competition for Courtney Upshaw at the OLB spot. If anything, he could be used as a 3rd down pass-rusher.
7) Dwayne Gratz, CB, Connecticut
Since the Senior Bowl, the Ravens have reportedly met with Gratz more than once. He could provide good CB depth. He has good size, and just posted a good bench rep number. He is also a Maryland native
SIDE NOTE: The reason I do not mock a C/G in this draft is because I feel we would pickup a veteran C, such as Dan Koppen or Brad Meester to come in and compete with Gino Gradkowski
Also as far as not drafting a WR, i think the Ravens believe in their young receivers Deonte Thompson, Tommy Streeter, LaQuan Williams, and Tandon Doss to contribute to the offence. I also feel that we will retain Anquan Boldin.
Edited by platinumxx2, 25 February 2013 - 06:03 PM.