The final day of the draft will begin at noon today and it won't be long before the Ravens are on the clock.
By virtue of their Day One trade with the Minnesota Vikings, the Ravens will have the third overall selection in the fourth round (98 overall), in addition to the 130th pick later that round. They also have single picks in the fifth, sixth and seventh rounds, giving them five remaining selections.
After finalizing a busy Day Two in which the Ravens selected Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw, Iowa State guard/tackle Kelechi Osemele and Temple running back Bernard Pierce, General Manager Ozzie Newsome acknowledged that he's already gotten plenty of phone calls about that 98th overall pick.
Don't be totally surprised if the Ravens trade it and move back in effort to get another fifth-round pick. They traded one of their original two in that round to the Atlanta Falcons to move up in the third and take Pierce.
Either way, the Ravens still have some holes to fill. While they got Osemele, who will compete for the starting left guard spot and also could be used at right tackle, they still are looking to add a young center to learn under Matt Birk. Wisconsin's Peter Konz, who was linked to the Ravens in many mock drafts, is the only center who has been drafted. Michigan's David Molk, Georgia's Ben Jones, Baylor's Philip Blake and Ohio State's David Brewster are all potential options today.
The Ravens also remain in the market for another wide receiver and a return special. The top receivers remaining on the board are Wake Forest's Chris Givens, Miami's Tommy Streeter, Arkansas' Joe Adams, Iowa's Marvin McNutt and Wisconsin's Nick Toon.
Adams is probably the best return specialist available as he had four punt return touchdowns for Arkansas last year. Florida running back Chris Rainey and Georgia cornerback Brandon Boykin are also options.
I would also suspect the Ravens will take a safety on some point today. Markelle Martin (Oklahoma State), George Iloka (Boise State), Antonio Allen (South Carolina) and Phillip Thomas (Syracuse) are among the best available.
And after that, I could see them getting a defensive lineman just to add some depth to that spot after losing Cory Redding and Brandon McKinney to free agency.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun