Mock Draft Monitor: Final Edition

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Alas, the day where mock drafts become irrelevant and we hear some names called!

But before Thursday's 7:30 p.m. start, let's take one final look at who draftniks are saying the Ravens will take.

There's a strong contingent behind Georgia Tech wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, but others feel the Ravens could address the defensive side of the ball or take a tight end.

With no further adieu, the final Mock Draft Monitor of 2010.

For reference: MDM 1.0 | MDM 2.0 | MDM 3.0 | MDM 4.0 | MDM 5.0 | MDM 6.0
ESPN, Mel Kiper
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech"Every indication out of Baltimore is that this organization is committed to finding more talent in the passing game – they want help for QB Joe Flacco. Thomas offers a chance to find a downfield target who can grow with the big-armed QB. He has the ability to make plays when little is there, and he showed it in college within a system where he was the only true weapon in the passing game -- and still couldn't be stopped. A big, physical home run threat."

Scouts Inc., Todd McShay
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech"The Ravens have proven in the past that they will take the best player on the board regardless of need and they just would not be able to pass on Thomas, who has top-15 talent and would be a huge value at this point."

Sports Illustrated, Peter King
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech"Anquan Boldin. Donte' Stallworth. Thomas. Talk about rebuilding the weakest point of a playoff team."

Sports Illustrated, Don Banks
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech"Baltimore has options and will stay true to its draft board, but the choice isn't going to be real tricky. The Ravens won't pass on Dez Bryant, Jermaine Gresham or Kyle Wilson if any of them tumble to 25, but that's not happening. They love Thomas's size and potential, and their earlier moves at receiver this offseason buys them time to let him develop."


NFL.com, Charles Davis

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech"A bit of a leap of faith as he's been hurt throughout the draft process. Recent reports, however, have him running and moving well. His physical gifts will put the final cap on shoring up an area of moderate concern for the Ravens. A corner will be in consideration here, too."

NFL.com, Steve Wyche
Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma"There will be very capable cornerbacks in the first round. This just adds to the armada of offensive weapons Baltimore has stockpiled."

NFL.com, Bucky Brooks
Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee"The Ravens need to fortify their interior defense after losing Justin Bannan and Dwan Edwards during free agency. Williams gives them a stout interior defender to team with Haloti Ngata and form an impenetrable wall at the point of attack."

NFL.com, Pat KirwanTaylor Mays, S, Southern California"Ed Reed has medical issues and is already hinting at retirement. Mays has some questions about his coverage skills, but brings a very intimidating presence to the field, and that fits the style that the Ravens have been known for the last decade. Mays is more than a big athlete who can run like a wide receiver. He has football intelligence and makes good decisions."

NFLDraftScout.com, Rob Rang
Brandon Graham, OLB, Michigan"Terrell Suggs has a reputation as one of the NFL's premier pass rushers, but in averaging only 6.5 sacks over the past three seasons, the Ravens need more. They attempted to improve their pass rush with second-round pick Paul Kruger last year, though he struggled as a rookie. The Ravens clearly have other areas of greater concern, but in adding wide receiver Anquan Boldin already, the team can afford to take the best available player. Graham, who led the nation with 26 tackles for loss and posted 10.5 sacks in only 12 games, could certainly qualify."


NFLDraftScout.com, Chad Reuter
Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma"Nice value here, gives Joe Flacco a solid 1-2 punch with Todd Heap at the position."

NFLDraftScout.com, Pete Prisco
Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State"They lost guys up front in free agency, so Odrick makes sense. He will be a 3-4 end."

NFLDraftScout.com, Clark JudgeDez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State"I know it's low for him, but if he makes it this far I can't see the Ravens passing."

FOX Sports.com, Peter Schrager
Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State"The Ravens have the fewest draft picks among AFC North teams this year with just five selections. Those picks are: first round (25th overall), second round (57th), fifth round (156th and 157th) and sixth round (194th). The Ravens traded their third- and fourth-round picks to Arizona for receiver Anquan Boldin and their seventh-round pick went to Tampa Bay in a 2009 trade for defensive end Marques Douglas. With just five picks, look for Baltimore to focus on finding players that can contribute right away and fill glaring needs. Though Baltimore ranked first in the NFL in rush defense in 2009, Dwan Edwards and Justin Bannan will be elsewhere in 2010 and Kelly Gregg turns 34 next season. A stop-gap defensive tackle who can play right away makes sense. Odrick, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in 2009, is a tireless worker who could play either inside or outside at the next level. His professionalism and on-field production fits the character of the business-like Baltimore defense."

National Football Post, Wes BuntingChris Cook, CB, Virginia"This might be a little high for Cook, but the Ravens need to add talent and size to their cornerback position, and no one has more in this year's draft than him."

Scout.com, Adam Caplan
Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma"Easy call here. They must get faster and younger at tight end."

AOL Fanhouse, Dan GrazianoKareem Jackson, CB, Alabama"The run on cornerbacks continues, as Baltimore fills a need. With the 25th pick in the 2010 NFL FanHouse Draftie Mockie Chattie Thingie, the Ravens select Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama."
USA Today
Jarrett Bell: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
Jim Corbett: Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
Nate Davis: Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama
Sean Leahy: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
Pete O'Brien: Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama
Scott Zucker: Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State
Dallas Morning News, Rick GosselinKareem Jackson, CB, Alabama"The Ravens have always won with a physical brand of defense, and Jackson is the most physical corner in this draft. He goes from the No. 2-ranked defense in college to the No. 3-ranked defense in the NFL."

Baltimore Sun, Keith Van Valkenburg
Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers"I stand by my belief that the Ravens would be best served by trading down if it means they can grab another second-round pick and possibly a third. This is such a deep draft that there isn't a big enough gap between first-round talent and second-round talent at the positions the Ravens will be targeting this late in the first round. But for the purposes of this mock draft, we're going to have to assume the Ravens stay put. Plus, they're probably going to have trouble finding a team with picks to spare in a draft this deep. Here is why they'll go with McCourty: Other than offense, what were the things that plagued the Ravens the most last year? Covering wide receivers and special teams.

McCourty can provide help in both those areas. He's smart, aggressive and athletic. I'm convinced the Ravens suspect, internally, that Lardarius Webb will begin the year on the PUP list, no matter what they say publicly. So ultimately it will come down to picking a big defensive lineman like Terrence Cody or Jared Odrick, or a cornerback like McCourty. I'll take a stab and say it will be McCourty as long as he's still there."

Baltimore Sun, Jamison Hensley
Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama"The safer pick would be Jared Odrick. The more exciting one would be Demaryius Thomas. But the Ravens solidify their run defense for years and pair Haloti Ngata with a big-time anchor. Still, knowing the history of the Ravens, it wouldn't be surprising to see Brandon Graham, Dez Bryant or Dan Williams fall to them."

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