Q&A with The Sun's Mike Preston

Q&A with The Sun's Mike Preston

Columnist answers readers' questions about the 2005 NFL draft and the Ravens

April 23, 2005|By Baltimoresun.com Staff

Sun columnist Mike Preston's responses to reader's questions about the NFL draft and the Ravens will appear this week. Bill, Salisbury: It seems The Wizard of Ozz has done it again - found help at WR, DL, and OL in the first 3 picks with guys that shouldn't have been there for the Ravens to pick. Is this year an example of good luck for the Ravens or just poor drafting by other teams (assuming these guys perform near expectations)?

Mike Preston:

Patrick, London, U.K.: I've seen Mark Clayton play and the man is a game-breaker. But the offensive and defensive lines were depleted via free agency. Don't you think the Ravens should have invested their first round pick in one of these areas and let Clarence Moore and Randy Hymes prove themselves at reciever?

Mike Preston:

Dan, Baltimore: First of all, I miss the days when your column appeared more frequently. You always tell it like it is, which is very refreshing. Considering the upgrades the Ravens have made at wide receiver, will Devard Darling have any significant role this next season?

Mike Preston:

Roland, Little River, S.C.: With the Ravens always said to be going with the best person available in the draft - and Kyle Boller's best efforts being average at the best - why didn't the Ravens take Aaron Rodgers in the first round? Rodgers is a franchise QB and was still available.

Mike Preston:

Josh, Annapolis: Any chance you'll agree with me that Dan Cody will have just as much impact as Mark Clayton? From what I've seen, those McCrary comparisons might be right on.

Mike Preston:

Tom, Charlotte, N.C.: Hey Mike, did the Jags hurt us in the 2nd round by taking Khalif Barnes at No. 52 forcing the Ravens to take the best player available in Cody, which wasn't really a "need," then trading up to get Adam Terry later in the 2nd while giving more picks to the Pats? No one really talked about that, but it seemed obvious to me right away.

Mike Preston:

Freddie, Alexandria, Va.: Did the Ravens give up too much in order to obtain Adam Terry. Two 3rd rounders and a 6th rounder seems like a lot to give up, especially for a guy that isn't strong in run blocking.

Mike Preston:

Joe, Champaign, Ill.: Going into the past two drafts, there has been constant talk about how easily the Ravens could find a replacement for Will Demps in the middle rounds. Putting the Gerome Sapp situation aside, is Demps more valuable to the Ravens then what most people give him credit for? Yes, his lateral speed is a bit slow, but at worst he is an average starter at the position.

Mike Preston:

Jim, Reisterstown: Rate the best and worst 2005 team drafts, and where do the Ravens fit into the mix?

Mike Preston:

Bacon, Baltimore: Mike, looking at the Ravens' off-season acquisitions and the players just drafted, what do you feel their chances are of seriously contending to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl?

Mike Preston:

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