Mike Mayock weighs in on Ravens' first pick

Mike Mayock, the NFL Network draft expert, said in a conference call today that the draft is well stocked at the two positions where the Ravens have their most pressing needs -- wide receiver and cornerback.

Mayock expects that general manager Ozzie Newsome will be able to take a quality player at either position with the 25th pick in the first round.


"I don't think Ozzie has an aversion to taking a wide receiver in the first round," Mayock said, responding to a question. "I think Ozzie's true to his board. I think the Ravens are as good as any team in the league at staying true to their board and not panicking.

"If you look at wide receiver and you look at corner, you say luckily this is a good year for both positions."

The wide-outs who could be available are Arrelious Benn (6-2, 220) from Illinois and Demaryius Thomas (6-3, 224) from Georgia Tech. Mayock said Thomas reportedly is running 40s in the high 4.3s.

"They're two really logical guys at 25," Mayock said.

The choice may be more plentiful at corner, where the No. 1 guy, Joe Haden, will be long gone. But Mayock thinks Boise State's Kyle Wilson, Rutgers' Devin McCourty and Florida State's Patrick Robinson will probably be there for the taking.

Whichever way the Ravens go, they should still be able to get a quality player at the other position in the second or third rounds. He identified Jerome Murphy of South Florida and Kareem Jackson of Alabama as good second-round picks at cornerback.

Mayock expects Newsome to do well in this draft.

"Their needs match up with this draft, and I think you'll see the Ravens with another real positive draft," Mayock said.