Mock Draft Monitor: Final Edition


Selection day is upon us. Before we get a dose of first-round reality, let's take one last look at the final predictions of draftniks from around the Web.

Here's the final round of mock drafts:

For reference:MDM 1.0 | MDM 2.0 | MDM 3.0 | MDM 4.0 | MDM 5.0 | MDM 6.0 | MDM 7.0
**ESPN, Mel Kiper***
Posted April 28
LB Akeem Ayers
Junior; 6-foot-2, 254 pounds
2010 Stats: 68 tackles, 4 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions
"Another team I suspect will trade down, or try hard to. That said, the Ravens' aging linebacking corps could use an infusion of youth, and if Ayers is available here, he's enough of a talent and a fit that he could tempt them to stay put. Ayers is a versatile guy who can pick up a lot next to the man in the middle and can do everything you need early with the potential to develop into something more."
ESPN, Todd McShay
*Posted April 28
DE Adrian Clayborn, IowaSenior; 6-3, 281
2010 Stats: 52 tackles, 6 sacks, 5 tackles for loss
"Some teams like Clayborn as a 5-technique, but he fits the Ravens' desire for bigger, stronger players along their defensive front."
**NFL Network, Mike Mayock**
Posted April 27
CB Jimmy Smith, ColoradoSenior; 6-2, 205
2010 Stats: 70 tackles, 0 interceptions, 5 pass deflections
"This is a great fit and a win-win situation for both Smith and the Ravens. Smith is one of the most physically gifted players in the draft who has dealt with off-field issues, and he benefits from the infrastructure of the veteran locker room of the Ravens. The Ravens get a big, physical player who is a top-10 talent."
** 1st round simulation, pick made by Brian Billick**
Posted April 27
DE Cam Heyward, Ohio State
Senior; 6-5, 228
2010 Stats: 48 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 interception
"I hated to see Jimmy Smith come off the board. I'm conflicted about this pick. The Ravens thought they had a pass rusher opposite Terrell Suggs last year in Sergio Kindle, but it didn't work out."
**, Steve Wyche**
Posted April 25
DT Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple
Junior; 6-4, 315
2010 Stats: 70 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 13 tackles for loss
"Wilkerson is a powerful player whose stock is rising. He'd be able to rotate in at defensive end and help stack blockers in the running game and provide some penetration and be a disruptive pass-pressure force."
**, Pat Kirwan**Posted April 24
DT Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple
"The Ravens need a young five-technique opposite Haloti Ngata. Wilkerson has all the traits of a solid DE in their scheme."
**, Bucky Brooks**Posted April 22
DE Cam Heyward, Ohio State
"The Ravens' defense is aging along the front, so Ozzie Newsome must address the defensive line in this draft. Heyward is a natural 3-4 defensive end with the ability to make an impact against the run or pass."
**, Brian Baldinger**
Posted April 20
OT Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State
Senior; 6-5, 321
2010 Notables: All-SEC selection, 13 starts
"Here's the deal: The Ravens have a glaring hole at right tackle, and Joe Flacco was sacked a career-high 40 times last season. They've had success with picks like Michael Oher and Ben Grubbs, and I see the same thing with Sherrod."
**, Charles Davis**
Posted April 18
WR Torrey Smith, Maryland
Junior; 6-foot-1, 200 pounds
2010 Stats: 67 receptions, 1,055 yards, 12 touchdowns
"Still searching for a deep threat that allows Anquan Boldin to work inside, and the local speedster fits the bill. Left tackle might also be in the discussion, which would allow Michael Oher to slide back to the ride side, where he played so well as a rookie."
**CBS Sportsline, Rob Rang**
Posted April 25
DT Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple
"General manager Ozzie Newsome has made a career out of finding gems in the latter portions of the first round. The Ravens could gamble on a receiver or an outside linebacker -- areas of greater immediate concern -- but the opportunity to land a classic five-technique for their 3-4 defense makes too much sense. Had the 6-4, 315-pound Wilkerson racked up his gaudy statistics (70 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks) against Big Ten or SEC competition rather than the MAC, he'd have been a top-15 pick."
**CBS Sportsline, Chad Reuter**
Posted April 27
OLB Brooks Reed, Arizona
Senior; 6-3, 262
2010 Stats: 47 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss
"Adding another pass rusher to a strong Ravens defense could help them get over the hump."
**CBS Sportsline, Pete Prisco**
Posted April 26
CB Jimmy Smith, Colorado
"He has some character issues, but he is a shutdown corner. The Ravens will count on their locker room to handle him."
**CBS Sportsline, Clark Judge**
Posted April 26
CB Jimmy Smith, Colorado
"So he's a character concern. Ravens can handle him."
**Sports Illustarted, Peter King**Posted April 25CB Jimmy Smith, Colorado"Smith would love to play alongside Ed Reed and behind Ray Lewis. Some teams are shying away from him because of off-field problems. Some teams would like to shy away because of off-field problems but can't —because he might be as good a player as Patrick Peterson when his career's over. The Ravens can put in enough safeguards to make sure Smith behaves. And this just in: They desperately need a shutdown corner."
**Sports Illustrated, Don Banks**
Posted April 27
CB Jimmy Smith, Colorado
"I've had Smith to the Ravens for mocks and mocks now, but if he's gone, Baltimore would be interested in Wilkerson, Ohio State's Cam Heyward, or trading out of the round to pick the pocket of some quarterback-needy team. Smith is a first-round prospect with first-class baggage issues, but the Ravens believe they have the locker room structure to set him straight."
**FOX Sports, Brian Billick**
Posted April 27
CB Jimmy Smith, Colorado
"Reminiscent of the Chris McAlister era in Baltimore, John Harbaugh will rely on his senior leadership in the locker room to help Smith transition as a professional."
**FOX Sports, Peter Schrager**
Posted April 26
CB Ras-I Dowling, VirginiaSenior; 6-2, 200
2009 Stats: 58 tackles, 3 interceptions, 1 sack, 2 forced fumbles
"Cornerback's certainly an area of need for Baltimore, and though some may view this as a bit of a reach pick, Dowling — coming off an injury — has first round talent. He's big, physical and can start right away for John Harbaugh's Ravens."

The Baltimore Sun, Jamison Hensley
Posted April 28
CB Jimmy Smith, Colorado"Even with his character issues, Smith would be among a short list of players that the Ravens would like to see sitting there at No. 26. The safer pick is Ohio State defensive lineman Cameron Heyward."
**The Baltimore Sun, Matt Vensel**
Posted April 19
CB Jimmy Smith, Colorado
"The Ravens haven't selected a defensive player in the first round since Haloti Ngata in 2006, and with Ray Lewis and Ed Reed in the twilight of their careers, they need to add a playmaker on that side of the ball. The good news is that a good player such as Smith could very likely fall into their lap at pick No. 26. Smith is the big, physical cornerback the Ravens' secondary is lacking, and the hope is that he can become the second coming of Chris McAlister in Baltimore. He'll have to stay out of trouble for that to happen."
**National Football Post, Wes Bunting**
Posted April 27
OT Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State"I think they could go defense, a 5-technique or a pass rusher from the linebacker spot, but when you have Sherrod, the offensive tackle from Mississippi State, still sitting there ... Michael Oher struggled this past year at left tackle, I think it gives them the versatility to kick him back to the right side. They can get rid of Jared Gaither. Sherrod, I think, has the ability to be a starting left tackle."
**Pro Football Talk, Evan Silva**
Posted April 27
DE Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue
Senior; 6-4, 267
2010 Stats: 70 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 26 tackles for loss, 5 forced fumbles
"Kerrigan is everything Paul Kruger was supposed to be two years ago."
**, John Crist**
Posted April 27
OLB Justin Houston
Junior; 6-3, 270
2010 Stats: 67 tackles, 10 sacks, 18.5 tackles for loss
"Houston is attractive to Baltimore because he has already made the transition from 4-3 end to 3-4 outside linebacker, which helps Suggs."
**Pro Football Weekly, Nolan Nawrocki**
Posted April 15
OT Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State
"Joe Flacco is at his best when he has time in the pocket, and the Ravens struggled to provide enough protection last season because of struggles on the edge, primarily from the blind side, where Michael Oher regressed in his sophomore season. Sherrod has the flexibility to play either side and solidifies one of the best offensive lines in football."
**USA Today**
Posted April 28
Jarrett Bell - Brandon Harris, CB, Miami (Junior; 5-9, 191; 2010 Stats: 44 tackles, 1 interception, 44 pass deflections)
Jim Corbett - Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland
Nate Davis - Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
Sean Leahy - Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA

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