ESPN draft guru Todd McShay recently broke from the mock draft norm and had the Ravens selecting a defensive player (Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith) in the first round of April’s draft. McShay has obviously done his homework and knows way more about the draft than I will ever know. And I have heard that the Ravens do really like Smith and Alabama safety Mark Barron. However, my guess would still be that the Ravens go offensive line or wide receiver with their first pick. I think it would take a pretty attractive defensive option to fall to them to go that route. I could see a good pass rusher like Whitney Mercilus (Illinois) or Melvin Ingram (South Carolina) getting their undivided attention, but both are expected to be long gone by the time the Ravens pick at 29. I also think Alabama linebacker Dont’a Hightower would force them to make a difficult decision. However, his status is on the rise and now it appears that he’ll be gone by the time the Ravens pick as well. Ravens officials are expected to address the draft later this week. They’re obviously not going to reveal too much about their plans, but we should get a better idea on how they feel about certain players.
Former Ravens running back Ricky Williams went on an Austin, Texas radio station, 103.1 FM, and said that he’d consider ending his retirement and playing for his hometown San Diego Chargers, according to the station’s program director, Joe Madani. Something to remember, though, is the Ravens still hold the rights to Williams, who they placed on the retired/restricted list after the season. I don’t think anybody would be shocked if Williams ultimately decides during training camp or after the season that he misses football and wants to play again. The precedent is there. But when/if he does, he’ll be a Raven unless they decide to let him loose.
Not sure this belongs here or you’ll even care, but I figured I’d pass this along anyway: Ravens backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor is a ridiculously good basketball player. He turned the fourth quarter of Torrey Smith’s charity basketball game the other night into his own personal And1 Mixtape. He slammed down an alley-oop pass from half court. He put the ball around his back on his way to one layup and he hit numerous step-back 3-pointers. It was quite the show. You can see why team officials rave about his athleticism. He makes everything look so damn easy.