By Jeff Zrebiec
11:45 AM EDT, March 29, 2012
The Ravens lost former Notre Dame safety Tom Zbikowski to the Indianapolis Colts in free agency. Could they replace him with another Golden Domer?
ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay certainly thinks so. In his latest mock draft, McShay projects the Ravens to select safety Harrison Smith with the 29th overall pick in April 26th's first round.
I do know that the Ravens really like Smith, who had 309 tackles and seven interceptions (all in his junior season) during his career at Notre Dame, and is considered the second-best safety in the draft behind Alabama's Mark Barron. Smith is quick, he has good range, he's a big hitter and he's also very good on special teams, so it's not hard to make the connection.
McShay calls Smith a "good value pick" with long-time starter Ed Reed entering the final season of his contract, and possibly the last year of his career. McShay also notes that the Ravens could consider nabbing Connecticut defensive tackle Kendall Reyes, a name that hasn't been connected to the team, in the first round.
In McShay's mind, there will be no offensive lineman worth drafting at pick 29. What about Wisconsin center Peter Konz, the name most connected to the Ravens in mock drafts, you ask? McShay has him falling all the way to the New England Patriots at pick 48 of the second round.
Konz is still dealing with an ankle injury which has delayed his workouts with teams, and obviously hasn't helped his draft status.
McShay does have the Ravens picking an offensive lineman in the 2nd round: Illinois guard/tackle Jeff Allen.
Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun