Mock Draft Monitor 2.0

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With the season officially finished, many mock drafts from around the league have been updated. So BaltimoreRavens.com took a sweep around the Web to look at who others are saying the Ravens will select with their 25th pick.

Just as they were a few weeks ago, most projections have the Ravens selecting a receiving threat. A few of the heavy hitters (ESPN and FOX Sports), however, have Baltimore taking a cornerback.

Here are mock drafts that have been updated since Mock Draft Monitor 1.0.

ESPN, Todd McShay

(Updated on Feb. 10; Last Pick: Dez Bryant)
Kyle Wilson, Boise State, Cornerback
Senior; 5-10, 186; 42 tackles, 1 sack, 3 interceptions, 2 touchdowns
"Wilson is a fast-rising prospect after showcasing his upper-echelon bump-and-run coverage skills at the Senior Bowl. A cornerback-needy team like the Ravens could easily pull the trigger on Wilson late in the first round."

Sports Illustrated, Don Banks
(Posted on Jan. 28)
Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma, Tight End
Senior; 6-6, 258; 2008: 66 receptions, 950 yards, 14 touchdowns)
"The Ravens need either a receiver capable of making first-year impact, or a tight end who can instantly upgrade the passing game and eventually replace Todd Heap. If Golden Tate should linger, he would be intriguing. And here's another receiving option to keep your eye on: Georgia Tech junior Demaryius Thomas. Gresham is the draft's top tight end, and if the knee injury that cost him his 2009 season checks out fine at the combine, he'll get a long look from Baltimore."

National Football Post, Wes Bunting
(Posted on Feb. 10)
Brandon LaFell, LSU, Wide Receiver
Senior; 6-3, 206; 57 receptions, 792 yards, 11 touchdowns
"LaFell is the type of playmaker who can help generate yards down the field in the pass game."

Fox Sports, Peter Schrager
(Updated on Feb. 8; Last Pick: Syd'Quan Thompson)
Syd'Quan Thompson, California, Cornerback
Senior; 5-9, 191; 48 tackles, 1 interception
"The Ravens have been passing on drafting receivers in the first round for years. Don't expect that to change this year. With a deep wideout class (there will be solid WR options in rounds 2 and 3 available), look for Baltimore to pick up a young, ready-to-play right away cornerback here. Thompson had an outstanding junior season, returned for his senior year and was a top Pac-10 performer for Cal in '09. Though undersized at just 5-9, Thompson has a knack for the ball and is currently having a hell of a week at the Senior Bowl. A four-year regular at Cal, he could start opening day for the Ravens."

Draft Ace, Mike Band
(Updated Feb. 9; Last Pick: Brandon LaFell)
Golden Tate, Notre Dame, Wide Receiver
Junior; 5-11, 195; 93 receptions, 1,496 yards, 15 touchdowns
"The Ravens don't have a single wide receiver who caught a pass in 2009 currently under contract for the upcoming season. Mark Clayton and Demetrius Williams are RFA, its reasonable to assume they'll return, but the issue remains that they need a receiver. More specifically, they need someone to contribute immediately. Someone like Arrelious Benn may have a higher ceiling like Tate, but in the right game plan Tate could have a Percy Harvin-like impact on the Ravens offense."

The Football Expert, Gregory Cox
(Posted on Feb. 4; Previous Pick: Golden Tate)
Arrelious Benn, Illinois, Wide Receiver
Junior; 6-2, 220; 38 receptions, 490 yards, 2 touchdowns
"It is time for Derrick Mason to stop leading this team in receiving and it may take his retirement. He is mulling it at the moment although after a tough playoff loss this kind of talk is to be expected. The way the draft worked out last year helped them steal Oher at tackle, but prevented them from claiming one of several receivers who flew off the board quickly thereafter and looked good as rookies. Pre-combine it looks like last year's class was a lot more talented. Benn left a sinking ship after seeing his production basically cut in half this past season after a highly productive sophomore campaign. They can't leave Flacco* *without any reliable receivers. The running game would die."

Football's Future, Robert Davis
(Updated on Feb. 8; Previous Pick: Golden Tate)
Golden Tate, Notre Dame, Wide Receiver
Junior; 5-11, 195; 93 receptions, 1,496 yards, 15 touchdowns
"Adding Joe Flacco and Ray Rice the past two years has given the Ravens life on offense. In order for them to take the next step however, they need a playmaker at wide receiver."

Draft King, Lou Pickney
(Updated on Feb. 3; Previous Pick: Brandon LaFell)
Brandon LaFell, LSU, Wide Receiver
Senior; 6-3, 206; 57 receptions, 792 yards, 11 touchdowns
"LaFell is a superb wideout who has thrived in the spotlight in Baton Rouge. Derrick Mason teased retirement before coming back for 2009, but regardless on Mason's plans for 2010, the Ravens would be wise to bring in a player of LaFell's caliber."

WalterFootball.com
(Updated on Feb. 9; Previous Pick: Damian Williams)
Damian Williams, USC, Wide Receiver
Junior; 6-1, 190; 70 receptions, 1,010 yards, 6 touchdowns
"If available, Jermaine Gresham is an option because Todd Heap is unreliable. However, Mark Clayton has been so inconsistent that he would force my hand anyway. If Derrick Mason retires, Joe Flacco will have absolutely no one to work with. Cornerback is also an option if Donovan Warren falls."

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