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Mock Draft Monitor 5.0


The draft is almost here.


After months of analysis and round-after-round of mock drafts, the real fun will start tonight.  

As the experts give their final predictions on who the Ravens will draft, it's clear that there is no consensus on what direction Baltimore will go with pick No. 32.

Take a look at a final round-up of what the Ravens will do in tonight's first round:

**ESPN, Mel Kiper**Posted April 25
ILB Kevin Minter, LSUSenior, 6-foot-2, 244 pounds; 130 tackles, 1 interception, 4 sacks
"While the Ravens know as well as anybody that you can find value at inside linebacker later in the draft, they have the opportunity to take a player they can just plug in as a starter at what is essentially middle linebacker in their hybrid scheme. Elam, if he gets here, would make sense, but the Ravens could be another team looking to take advantage of a deep safety class.", Mike Mayock
Posted April 24
S Matt Elam, FloridaJunior; 5-10, 208; 76 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 4 interceptions, 1 forced fumble
"He tackles, he's tough, he's got ball skills, he's a leader; I love everything about this kid except his height, and there's nothing I can do about that."

**ESPN, Todd McShay**Posted April 24S Matt Elam, Florida

Sports Illustrated, Don Banks
Posted April 25
S Jonathan Cyprien
Senior, 6-0, 217; 93 tackles, 3 interceptions, 8 passes defended, 1 forced fumble
"Safety just seems to be where the highest-rated players can still be had at the bottom of the first round, so we have the Ravens addressing their clear-cut need there even over the likes of talented linebackers like Kansas State's Arthur Brown or LSU's Kevin Minter. Cyprien and Florida's Matt Elam are closely rated, but Cyprien has impressive range, athleticism and plays the kind of physical style of football Baltimore's defense is known for."

**FOX, Peter Schrager**
Posted April 23
OL Justin Pugh, Syracuse
Junior; 6-4, 307; started nine games, first-team all-conference
"The Ravens defense will look very different in 2013, with new additions like [Elvis] Dumervil, [Chris] Canty, Marcus Spears and Rolando McClain joining the Super Bowl winners. The offensive line stepped up in the playoffs after a late-season shakeup. I wouldn't be surprised if GM Ozzie Newsome went with a tackle like Pugh at 32."

**Sporting News**
Posted April 24
S Matt Elam, Florida
"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."

**Baltimore Sun, Matt Vensel**Posted April 24
S Matt Elam, Florida
"I can see the Ravens going in several different directions with this pick, especially if a talented prospect falls into their laps again, but inside linebacker and safety are the two most obvious possibilities. Elam would replace Bernard Pollard at strong safety. He is fast, likes to hit hard and looks like a Raven to me.", Pete PriscoPosted April 24
OT Manelik Watson, Florida State
Junior, 6-5, 310 pounds
"They might move up to get a tackle, but if they stay here they take a wonderfully gifted athlete."

**, Dane Brugler**
Posted April 22
ILB Kevin Minter, LSU
"The Ravens are world champions, but they also have needs all over their defense, including at middle linebacker where Ray Lewis leaves a gaping hole. Minter will never be the fastest athlete on the field, but he plays smart, alert football with a nose for the ball in the run game."

**, Pat Kirwan**Posted April 21
ILB Kevin Minter, LSU
"The Ravens could consider Manti Te'o but Minter is better against the pass and a better guy to take on guards. In the Ravens' scheme Minter has a better chance to be a three-down player.", Clark Judge
Posted April 24
OL Justin Pugh, Syracuse
"You can never have enough tackles, and left tackle Bryant McKinnie is unsigned. With the money the Ravens invested in Joe Flacco they look for more protection."

**, Gil Brandt**
Posted April 23
ILB Alec OgletreeJunior, 6-2, 242; 111 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 interception, 1 touchdown
"Top-notch players always seem to fall to the Ravens, and I think Ogletree is one of the better ones on the board – a great value for Baltimore."

**, Bucky Brooks**
Posted April 24
WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee
Junior; 6-4, 196; 73 receptions, 1083 receiving yards, nine touchdowns
"GM Ozzie Newsome could use this pick to add an inside linebacker to the roster. Still, with his prototypical size, speed and athleticism, Hunter might develop into a dynamic No. 1 receiver in time. Given that Anquan Boldin is not going to be around anymore to help quarterback Joe Flacco over the middle, Hunter could fill a vital role on the Ravens' offense.", Mike Florio
Posted April 24
S Jonathan Cyprien

**Scouts Inc., Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl**Posted April 24
S Eric Reid
Junior, 6-1, 213; 91 tackles, 2 interceptions, 9 passes defended

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