How they're grading the Ravens draft

Media roundup

April 26, 2010|By Baltimore Sun staff

Here's a look at how other media are grading the Ravens' draft:

• Gregg Rosenthal and Evan Silva from NBSSports.com give the Ravens an A.

G.M. Ozzie Newsome is always happy to take talent that drops because of perceived shortcomings. Sergio Kindle could be the next great Ravens linebacker and only cost a second-round pick. His slide reminds us of Todd Heap's fall in 2001. "Mount" Terrance Cody found the perfect home in the late second round. The Ravens will use the Alabama product as a rotational player to help their rush defense. The rest of the collegiate picks were sensible, and the team smartly used two mid-round picks to acquire Anquan Boldin earlier in the offseason. Baltimore got those picks back by extracting a bounty from Denver in the Tim Tebow trade. These pieces help make Baltimore a Super Bowl contender, though we're still worried about their secondary.

• John Czarnecki of FoxSportsArizona.com gives the Ravens an A.

GM Ozzie Newsome made all the right moves on the first two days of the draft, trading out of the first round and getting two quality defensive players with first-round grades in Texas linebacker Sergio Kindle of Texas and massive Alabama nose tackle Terrence Cody with the 57th overall pick.

• FoxSports.com gave the Ravens a B+.

GM Ozzie Newsome made all the right moves.

• Jarrett Bell of USA TODAY gave the Ravens a B+.

After trading out of the first round, the Ravens made good on two second-round picks, linebacker Sergio Kindle and 350-plus-pound nose tackle Terrence Cody. Kindle was considered a potential first-rounder. Cody is a huge run-stuffer. Baltimore addressed tight end needs with Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta.

• ESPN's Mel Kiper liked the Ravens draft, and gave them an A.

For top grades, it's a contrast in styles. Seattle had high picks and got great fits, then waited and got Golden Tate. 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.

• 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.

• 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.

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