By Matt Vensel
11:22 AM EST, February 11, 2011
I got a lot of feedback on Wednesday's mock draft, and many of you disagreed with my early prediction that the Ravens would take Maryland wide receiver Torrey Smith with the 26th pick in the 2011 NFL draft.
Some of you scoffed at the notion that wide receiver is a serious need for the Ravens, while others thought the Ravens would be better off selecting another wide receiver late in the first round.
Let's be honest here. When it comes to guessing what GM Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens will do during the draft, we're all chucking darts at a dartboard with our opposite hands and a blindfold wrapped around our heads. It's all speculation, and it's probably not a coincidence that these are called "mock" drafts. Most of our picks will be wrong, and that's what makes these things so much fun.
Anyway, since you didn't like my Torrey Smith pick, I've rounded up mock drafts from five pigskin pundits at major national websites. Here's who these experts have the Ravens taking in the first round:
ESPN's Todd McShay: Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky
"The Ravens need speed at wide receiver, and Cobb is an underrated offensive weapon who would fit the bill. He's a very savvy route-runner and can contribute in the return game. Baltimore also could look to fill needs at cornerback or defensive end."
National Football Post's Wes Bunting: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
"The Ravens not only have to add more talent to their corner spot, but they need to get bigger and more physical outside as well. They were said to like Virginia CB Chris Cook last year. Therefore, I can see Smith getting some looks at the end of round one."
NFLDraftScout.com's Chad Reuter via CBS Sports: Mike Pouncey, OG, Florida
"Getting a brother-against-brother matchup with Pittsburgh may be enough to ensure the Ravens' running game gets where it needs to be to beat the Steelers in the playoffs."
FOX Sports' Peter Schrager: Aaron Williams, CB, Texas
"A two-year starter for Mack Brown and Will Muschamp at Texas, the 6-1, 195-pound Williams is a physical cornerback with deceptively fast speed. He’s a skilled tackler who rarely gets beaten deep. The Ravens suffered an epic collapse in the second half of their divisional round loss in Pittsburgh. With Antonio Brown’s third-and-19 reception still fresh in everyone’s memory, few fans would argue with their 2011 first-round pick being spent on a corner."
Sports Illustrated's Don Banks: Brandon Harris, CB, Miami
"The Ravens got wiped out by injuries early last season at cornerback, and even though they patched things up and kept winning, it's an area of the roster that needs fortification. Harris has solid bottom-of-the-first-round value, and it doesn't hurt that he'd be another Hurricane added to the Ray Lewis- and Ed Reed-led defense."
So which of these players do you prefer? Vote in the poll on your left and leave your reasoning below.
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