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Mock Draft Monitor 3.0

Posted Mar 31, 2013

Here’s a round-up of who draftniks project the Ravens will take with pick No. 32.


Free agency is winding down and the NFL Draft is less than a month away.

It’s time to get the mock drafts rolling.

Here’s a look at who the draftniks expect the Ravens to take with pick No. 32:

Mock Draft Monitor 1.0 | MDM 2.0

ESPN, Mel Kiper
Posted March 11
S Matt Elam, Florida
Junior; 5-foot-10, 208 pounds; 76 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 4 interceptions, 1 forced fumble
“We know they need to find a young safety, and Elam would be a great fit. Not a true center fielder, he likes to play near the line of scrimmage and use his instincts to help blow up plays. He covers the slot well, and has pretty good speed to run with all but the fastest wide receivers. Won't be a liability in coverage, and he has good skills as a blitzer, too.”

ESPN, Todd McShay
Posted March 28
WR Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech
Senior; 6-0, 204; 104 receptions, 1,392 yards and 13 touchdowns
“This was a tough one to project. The Ravens could go with ILB Kevin Minter to replace the retired Ray Lewis, or with a safety like Matt Elam, D.J. Swearinger or John Cyprien to fill the void left by Ed Reed's departure. There are a lot of options, but I like Patton's ability to step into the role previously filled by Anquan Boldin. He's not a carbon copy of Boldin, but Patton is a little faster and more athletic, and could be a reliable complement to No. 1 receiver Torrey Smith. Baltimore finally got its passing game firing on all cylinders last season with QB Joe Flacco distributing the ball all over the field, and bringing in another possession-type receiver makes some sense. If not, a nose tackle like Alabama's Jesse Williams could be on the radar.”

FOX, Peter Schrager
Posted March 26
ILB Kevin Minter, LSU
Senior, 6-2, 244; 130 tackles, 1 interception, 4 sacks
“The Ravens defense will look different in 2013, with new additions like Elvis Dumervil, Marcus Spears, and Chris Canty joining the 2012 Super Bowl winners. I don’t believe Manti Te’o is worthy of a first-round pick, but I like Minter. A lot. I’m not a huge fan of drafting middle linebackers in the first round, but Minter brings the goods — and though he will never be Ray Lewis (or even Dannell Ellerbe) — he can start right away and make plays for the defending champions.”

Sports Illustrated, Don Banks
Posted March 27
ILB Alec Ogletree, Georgia
Junior, 6-2, 242; 111 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 interception, 1 touchdown
“The Ravens have never been wary of prospects with maturity issues, believing their locker room has the veteran leadership to keep the youngsters in line. Will that still be the verdict with Ray Lewis retired? I suspect so. Ogletree is simply too athletic and too talented to not make the first round, and Baltimore's need at inside linebacker is great with both Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe having moved on.”

USA Today, Nate Davis
Posted March 26
ILB Kevin Minter, LSU
“GM Ozzie Newsome knows the center of his defense from front to back needs a lot of work. Plugging Minter into the middle seems like a good start, though this could be another year when the Wizard of Oz trades back to the get the picks he needs to rebuild his roster.”

Sporting News, Eric Galko
Posted March 27
ILB Kevin Minter, LSU
“Though Minter isn’t flashy, he finishes tackles, works through blocks to the backfield and commands respect from his team. He’s about as good as the Ravens can do at replacing Ray Lewis.”

National Football Post, Russ Lande
Posted March 27
ILB Manti Te’o, Notre Dame
Senior, 6-2, 255; 113 tackles, 7 interceptions, 1.5 sacks, 11 passes defensed, 1 fumble recovery
“This one almost seems too easy as the Ravens have to find two inside linebackers after losing Ray Lewis to retirement and Dannell Ellerbe in free agency. Although Te’o may not be a premier athlete, he is a good athlete who will be a productive player and excellent leader for the Ravens.”

NFL.com, Charley Casserly
Posted March 25
ILB Kevin Minter, LSU
“With Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe gone, the athletic Minter fills a hole on the inside.”

NFL.com, Gil Brandt
Posted March 27
S Matt Elam, Florida
“The Ravens need a safety to replace departed veteran Ed Reed. Elam doesn't have the ideal height (5-10), but he's a really good player with solid range. He has nice athletic ability, and he'll tackle, too.”

NFL.com, Daniel Jeremiah
Posted March 20
DE Cornellius Carradine, Florida State
Senior; 6-4, 276; 80 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 11 sacks (season ended early by knee injury)
“Carradine is coming off an injury, but he could be a steal at this point in the draft. When healthy, he's a better version of Paul Kruger.”

CBS Sports, Rob Rang
Posted March 25
OG Justin Pugh, Syracuse
Junior; 6-4, 307; started nine games, first-team all-conference
“The play of veteran left tackle Bryant McKinnie played a critical role in Baltimore's Super Bowl run but the Ravens are not willing to break the bank to guarantee the 10-year veteran returns. Pugh has shorter arms that scouts would prefer at left tackle but the 6-5, 307-pounder has the footwork and experience there to plug and play.”

CBS Sports, Pete Prisco
Posted March 25
WR Keenan Allen, California
Junior; 6-2, 206; 61 catches, 737 yards, 6 touchdowns
“They get a replacement for Anquan Boldin.”

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