Mocking the Ravens: all eight of their draft picks
Matt Vensel: I love mocking, which is why I have produced five first-round mock drafts in the past two months (and it's why I have greeted your criticism of said mock drafts with an aw-shucks shrug of the shoulders). In my latest first-round mock, I had the Ravens selecting Alabama linebacker Dont'a Hightower with the 29th pick in the NFL draft. Why stop there? How about I project all eight of their picks? These projections are mostly speculation, forged by reading between the lines of press conference transcripts and following trends of how they operate. So without further ado, here is my full Ravens mock draft (and feel free to mock me in the comments section).
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Round 1 (pick No. 29)( Getty Images / January 6, 2012 )
Dont'a Hightower, ILB, Alabama
Hightower is not the second coming of Ray Lewis, but he has the size, strength and savvy to be an impact player on the inside. He has experience playing in a 3-4 scheme, and he is probably capable of lining up at outside linebacker if the Ravens need him to do so. Will the Ravens have to move up to get him? Possibly. But with eight picks they have the ammunition to make a move.