What they're saying about the Ravens

Media roundup

April 21, 2010|By Baltimore Sun staff

Here's another look at mock draft projections for the Ravens, who hold the 25th overall pick in Thursday's NFL draft:

• DraftCountdown.com has the Ravens selecting Georgia Tech wide receiver Demaryius Thomas.

At first glance Baltimore appears to be four deep at wideout but looks can be deceiving. Boldin has a long history of injuries, Derrick Mason is now 36-years-old, Mark Clayton has regressed each of the last three years and nobody knows what to expect from Donte Stallworth. You'd be hard-pressed to find a more impressive physical specimen at the wide receiver position in this class than Georgia Tech's Demaryius Thomas, who checks in at 6-3Πand 224 pounds and reportedly runs in the high-4.3's.

• Don Banks of SI.com also thinks the Ravens will pick Thomas.

The Ravens wouldn't let Dez Bryant, Jermaine Gresham or a Kyle Wilson get past them, but all three of those names are gone in our first round. So even with Anquan Boldin and Donte' Stallworth already added this offseason, Thomas becomes an easy addition to a vastly improved Baltimore receiving depth chart.

• WalterFootball.com thinks the Ravens will pick Penn State defensive lineman Jared Odrick.

To steal something from my 2011 NFL Mock Draft, Dwan Edwards is gone, while Justin Bannan signed with the Broncos. Suddenly, Baltimore's defensive line is a little thin. Jared Odrick is one of the top players available and would be a great fit in the Ravens' defense.

• Pat Kirwan of NFL.com projects that the Ravens will take Southern Cal safety Taylor Mays.

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.

• Chris Steuber of Scout.com thinks the Ravens will take Alabama defensive tackle Terrence Cody.

The Ravens filled their need for a No. 1 WR by trading for Anquan Boldin, which leaves CB and D-Line as their next priority. There are CBs available, but the presence of Mount Cody makes everyone on their defense better.

• NFLDraftBlitz.com has also has the Ravens selecting Cody.

The Ravens' defensive line, minus Haloti Ngata, is getting a bit long in the tooth. Cody would give this unit flexibility and give the defense two athletic, immovable objects up front.

• DraftKing.com projects the Ravens to take Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham.

Todd Heap has suffered from multiple injuries in recent years, and a very talented tight end like Gresham could fill that role quite nicely.

• CBSSports.com's Chad Reuter also predicts that the Ravens will go with Gresham.

Nice value here, gives Joe Flacco a solid 1-2 punch with Todd Heap at the position.

[Compiled by Justin Cherot]

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