A roundup of 2012 NFL mock drafts? Sure, why not?

May 05, 2011|By Matt Vensel

We’re only a few days removed from the 2011 NFL draft, but draft analysts are already releasing their mock drafts for next year. I was going to mock their passion for prognostication. Then I realized I had read each one and that I wanted to pass them along to you.

OK, so I can’t get enough of the NFL draft. The first step is admitting you have a problem, and I know I’m not the only one.

So for Ravens fans who are also addicted to the draft, here’s a roundup of five 2012 mock drafts (take them very seriously):

Todd McShay of ESPN says the Ravens will take Alabama FS Robert Lester at No. 27: “The 6-2, 215-pound Lester made big strides as a sophomore and has good straight-line speed to go with natural playmaking instincts, all of which could put him into the early rounds in 2012.”

Andrew Perloff of SI.com says the Ravens will take South Carolina WR Alshon Jeffery at No. 21: “Jeffery was very productive as a sophomore, but is a little too slow to be a top-10 pick. Still, the Ravens have been trying to find a young star at this position for some time.”

Chad Reuter of CBSSports.com says the Ravens will take Pittsburgh DE/OLB Brandon Lindsey at No. 27: “Terrell Suggs is getting older and the Ravens can always use explosive linebackers in their 3-4 scheme. Lindsey could be yet another 4-3 college end transitioning to the rush 'backer spot for a 3-4 NFL team.”

Brian Galliford of SB Nation says the Ravens will take Nebraska DT Jared Crick at No. 24: “The Ravens crave versatility and impact up front. Crick is a penetrator in the body of a five-tech defensive end.”

Walter Cherepinsky of Walter Football says the Ravens will take Ohio State C Michael Brewster at No. 27: “Matt Birk will be a 36-year-old free agent during the 2012 offseason. He even said that he'll help the team groom a replacement. The impressive Michael Brewster took over as Ohio State's starting center as a freshman and hasn't looked back.”

I know very little about these five players, so tell me who would be the best fit for the Ravens.

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