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Top Ravens' Options In Round 2


Immediately after their press conference talking about top pick, linebacker C.J. Mosley, Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome and the rest of the front office and scouts retreated to their draft room to start talking about the next day's picks.

They'll make some tweaks and predict which players they think could be available and who they covet the most.

The Ravens will be back on the clock in no time. Baltimore has the 16th pick in the second round and No. 48 overall.

"We love the board, we feel really good about the process, we've got a lot of guys to pick from tomorrow," Assistant General Manager Eric DeCosta said.

"We've had a lot of success the last few years in the second round – guys have fallen to us – and we're excited about that, and we'd like to see what happens."

Below are some of the top options at positions of need, although the first round proved that isn't the best indicator of which direction the Ravens will go. Baltimore will likely look to fill more holes in the next few rounds.

WR Marquise Lee, Southern CaliforniaLee was named college football's best wide receiver as a sophomore. He totaled 118 catches for 1,721 yards (14.6) and 14 touchdowns in 13 starts. But injuries, coaching turnover and poor quarterback play led to a dip in his production last year, and Lee slipped as a result. He's considered a top-notch athlete and dynamic playmaker, both as a receiver and returner.

WR Cody Latimer, IndianaLatimer was a late riser in mock drafts, and was considered by some to be a first-round pick. The former basketball player is incredibly athletically gifted. He's a strong possession-like receiver with soft hands who is a willing and good blocker.

WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt
The cousin of Hall of Famer Jerry Rice was also a possible first-round pick. He's a refined route runner and is the SEC's most productive receiver in conference history. The team captain put up 262 career receptions and 3,759 receiving yards.

TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, WashingtonSeferian-Jenkins was a highly recruited player who also starred in basketball in high school. He is a big-bodied pass catcher at 6-foot-5, 262 pounds, dwarfing defensive backs. For such a big man, he has soft hands.

TE Jace Amaro, Texas TechAmaro is another pass-catching tight end who could classify as a bigger wide receiver, especially since he played a lot in the slot. He had huge production in his final college season, piling up 106 catches for 1,352 yards and seven touchdowns.

OT/G Joel Bitonio, Nevada
Bitonio is a scrapper. His father was a former professional fighter. At 6-foot-4, 302 pounds, Bitonio might project more to guard than tackle. He has a nasty streak, is extremely tough and durable and high personal and football character. He was an undersized college tackle.

OT Morgan Moses, Virginia
Moses certainly has the size at 6-foot-6, 314 pounds. He has a huge wingspan and* *plenty of strength. Moses also played on the left and right side, so he has some position flexibility. He's criticized for not always playing with high intensity and leaning too much.

OT Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama
Could the Ravens go with another Alabama player? Kouandjio has a ton of natural ability and is a hulking player at 6-7, 322. He's a bit raw at this point, but could turn into the best tackle in the draft. The biggest question mark is his long-term health, as he's had multiple knee procedures.

OG Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA
Arguably the top guard in the draft is still available. Su'a-Filo has a nasty demeanor. He is quick out of his stance and is a strong pass blocker. He has the flexibility to play tackle, but didn't play particularly well there when he got a chance in college. If the Ravens picked him, they could move Kelechi Osemele to right tackle.

DT Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota
Hageman was a player some pundits linked to the Ravens in the first round. He's huge at 6-6, 301 pounds. He has an intriguing height-weight-speed ratio and natural athleticism, and flashes the ability to* *explode off the ball and get into the backfield. The converted tight end is still learning the position, however.

FS Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State
Joyner is a small-framed prospect at 5-8, 184, but he plays the game with a lot of physicality. Joyner led NCAA defensive backs in sacks with 5.5 last season. He can play safety and nickel cornerback, showing versatility the Ravens love. He was highly productive and is exemplary off the field as well.

S Terrence Brooks, Florida State
Brooks and Joyner were Florida State running mates, and both were highly effective. Brooks is a converted cornerback with more size at 5-11, 198. Although he is strong in run support and an aggressive tackler, he can also play well in coverage. Brooks isn't as much of a playmaker as Joyner, but has excellent speed (4.42-second 40-yard dash).


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