What they're saying about the Ravens

Media roundup

April 25, 2010|By Baltimore Sun staff

Here's a look at what other media are saying about the Ravens' draft:

• ESPN.com's Mel Kiper Jr., gave the Ravens an A for their 2010 draft.

Baltimore traded down and still loaded up on talent all over the place. In Round 2, they got both Sergio Kindle and Terrence Cody, a pair of guys who could have landed in the first round. They get a pair of fantastic tight end prospects in Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta, continuing a promise to both buy and draft options for Joe Flacco. Love the Arthur Jones pick, a one-time Big Board guy who fell to the fifth round, mostly because of health issues. Even in the sixth, the Ravens got Ramon Harewood, a small-college tackle prospect who has a chance to develop.

• ESPN.com's John Clayton said the Ravens were a Day 2 winner.

Some wondered if the Ravens were losers when they failed to get wide receivers Dez Bryant or Demaryius Thomas or tight end Jermaine Gresham in the first round. Instead, they traded back into the second round, where they made major upgrades on defense. They got a big pass-rushing linebacker, Sergio Kindle. They got the biggest nose tackle in the draft, 349-pound Terrence Cody, who will bring back memories of Tony Siragusa. Both came as second-round bargains.

• ESPN.com's James Walker says Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome once again worked some draft-day magic.

The Ravens took Denver's second-, third- and fourth-round picks Thursday. The Broncos wound up selecting former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow at No. 25, a move that has been heavily criticized by the national media.

But few can argue with Baltimore's draft approach. The same GM who hit home runs with Michael Oher (2009), Ray Rice (2008) and Joe Flacco (2008) the past two years may have done the same with a pair of second-rounders.

• Walker also wondered if the Ravens' drafting of Utah wide receiver David Reed was supposed to send a message to Mark Clayton and Demetrius Williams.

The Ravens are already stacked at receiver. It's to the point where any rookie surprises in training camp could come at the expense of pushing a veteran like Demetrius Williams or Mark Clayton for a roster spot.

• ESPN.com's Jeffri Chadiha thinks Texas linebacker Sergio Kindle was one of the draft's 10 best bargains.

Kindle was another player who was hyped as a first-round prospect until durability issues dropped him into the second round. In the long run, he might be happier about the way things turned out. Kindle is a perfect fit in the Ravens' 3-4 defense and his pass-rushing skills should make him a dangerous threat off the edge. He'll also get to learn from veteran defenders like Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. In other words, don't be surprised if Kindle becomes a star later in his career.

• The Ravens drafting Kindle and Alabama defensive tackle Terrence Cody in the second round was one of five moves CBSSports.com's Clark Judge loved about the NFL Draft.

In Kindle, the Ravens get an outside linebacker with first-round ability who slipped because of a knee injury. Trust me, he'll be an impact player, the perfect complement to Terrell Suggs. In Cody, they have a huge defensive tackle they can couple with Haloti Ngata to produce a solar eclipse. Let's see someone, anyone, penetrate the middle of the Ravens' run defense.

• CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco gave the Ravens an A for their draft.

The Ravens always seem to tear it up in the draft. They know how to find good players, and this year was no exception. They landed a heck of a group, without even using a first-round pick. Well done.

Prisco was a big fan of the Ravens' selection of Cody.

I love this pick. The Ravens get it. If they control his weight, and they will, he will be a great pick. He can cause havoc in the middle. Give Ozzie Newsome credit for another good pick.

Prisco also had good things to say about Ed Dickson, the Ravens' third-round pick.

The Ravens are looking for the replacement for Todd Heap. They land a quality receiving tight end in Dickson. He is another good pick for the Ravens.

• CBSSports.com's Rob Rang was less impressed with the Ravens' draft, giving the franchise a B-.

The Ravens lost valuable depth along the defensive line through free-agent defections, but added massive NT Terrence Cody (Alabama). Considering Todd Heap's durability is a constant question, the third-round selection of Oregon TE Ed Dickson could pay the more immediate dividends.

• CBSSports.com's Jon Dove liked the Ravens' selection of BYU tight end Dennis Pitta in the fourth round.

Pitta is more of a complete tight end than [Aaron] Hernandez but still needs to improve his blocking. However, he is dangerous in the passing game and adds another threat to the Ravens.

For the fifth round, Dove weighed in on the Ravens' selections of Utah wide receiver David Reed and Syracuse defensive lineman Arthur Jones.

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