With the NFL Draft coming up on April 26 - 27, BaltimoreRavens.com takes another sweep around the web to look at what others are saying about the Ravens' chances with the eighth pick.
Keep in mind that things will change almost immediately after free agency begins this Friday, and teams will most-certainly try to trade picks, players and money to move up or down in the first round, but here is an early look at what the pundits think:
Dons Banks of SI.com looks to add depth in the Ravens' defensive backs corps with Troy's Leodis McKelvin. McKelvin is regarded as the top cornerback in the draft and possesses top-notch return abilities on special teams.
Leodis McKelvin, CB, Troy State - "With No. 8 now considered too high for Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm, the Ravens could address their need at cornerback, where Samari Rolle and Chris McAllister aren't what they once were. McKelvin is the top-ranked corner, but Baltimore could also find Boise State offensive left tackle Ryan Clady to be a fit if the No. 5 Chiefs pass him up."
NFLDraftCountdown.com's Scott Wright agrees with Banks about the corner.
Leodis McKelvin, CB, Troy State - "There is no question the Ravens would love for Matt Ryan to fall into their laps but that probably isn't going to happen so they'd have to explore a trade up to get in that sweepstakes. With no other quarterback worthy of this high of a choice Ozzie Newsome turns his attention to the secondary, where they have some issues at cornerback. Chris McAlister is still a great player when he is healthy but injuries to him and the aging Samari Rolle really exposed their lack of depth last year. Leodis McKelvin is the top corner available and he's also a terrific return man which should endear him to head coach John Harbaugh, who has a background in special teams."
Many analysts think that the Ravens will address the quarterback position at the eighth spot with Brian Brohm of Louisville.
That group includes Pete Prisco of CBSSportsLine.com, who compared Brohm to Hall of Famer Jim Kelly.
Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville - "There are some who think he's dropping. That's a mistake. I think he will be the next Jim Kelly. Baltimore needs a quarterback in the worst way."
Frank Coyle from draftinsiders.com thinks Brohm is the pick.
Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville - "The Ravens are looking for their future leader, and Brohm would be a fine start for a new offense."
The SportsXchange's Rob Rang boldly predicts that Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan will fall to the Ravens at No. 8.
Matt Ryan, QB, Boston College - "While most teams feel Ryan is the top quarterback in the draft, there is a general consensus that he isn't a rare enough talent to rank as a sure-fire top-five pick. Should he begin to slip, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome would likely pounce."
Another popular choice is USC defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis, who is Ryan McCrystal of NFLDraftAce.com's choice. At 6-feet, 309 pounds, Ellis could fit in well alongside the Ravens' two mountains up front, Haloti Ngata and Kelly Gregg.
Sedrick Ellis, DT, USC - "The reason I don't place a quarterback here is because the Ravens appear to be far more likely to go out and bring in a veteran. Ellis doesn't fill a huge need, but he's the best available player and will be able to make the move to defensive end in their 3-4 system and eventually replace 32 year old Trevor Pryce who is on the downswing of his career."
Peter Fiutak from College Football News previously had Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson going to Baltimore, but he's since gone to Ellis.
Sedrick Ellis, DT, USC - "Baltimore is the biggest wild card of the early first round, with several glaring holes to fill. A franchise quarterback would be nice, a lockdown corner is a must, and another inside presence on the defensive line would be nice. If the Ravens don't trade down, it'll likely be a war-room battle with USC's Sedrick Ellis and the top corner on the board, either South Florida's Mike Jenkins or Troy's Leodis McKelvin."
We'll be back with more updated mock drafts next Wednesday.