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The Ravens certainly got stronger up the middle defensively with safety Matt Elam and linebacker Arthur Brown. I'm not sold on defensive tackle Brandon Williams -- yet. It's a big step up in competition, but he is built like a refrigerator. What concerns me is the lack of attention paid to offensive tackle, wide receiver (how many seventh-round picks turn into starters?) and tight end. The offensive linemen the Ravens drafted seem like guards or centers, not tackles, even though that's what they played in college. It might have to be Kelechi Osemele at left tackle. Not sure I like that option.
Best pick: John Simon (pictured) of Ohio State in the fourth round. Simply put, the Big Ten's defensive player of the year plays like a Raven. He's relentless. He blew up a lot of Big Ten teams' backfields the past few years. The Ravens can move him around, too.
Missed opportunity: I really thought the Ravens would select a true offensive tackle, not guys who played there but project as interior linemen. I'm sure there is a plan, but they went for young interior linemen last year (K.O., Gino Gradkowski). After the first three went early, maybe the value wasn't there. But the Ravens have to find a way to protect Joe Flacco's blind side. K.O. doesn't seem to have quick enough feet to do it.
November 17, 2012