Now the pressure is on Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome to find productive players today and tomorrow, or he'll get hammered for not taking one of those guys in the first round. Sure, the way things worked out, you could technically count Anquan Boldin as a first-rounder, but we've got a short memory here in Baltimore, don't we?
With two second-rounders (picks No. 43 and 57) and an early third-rounder (pick No. 70) this evening, Newsome has the ammo to make something happen. He could package picks together and move up to the top of the second round to take one of the best players on the board. Or he can sit tight and fill a few needs with what he's got now. I've got a feeling Newsome isn't done maneuvering, but we'll see.
Either way, there are still plenty of talented guys available, and the Ravens will end up with at least one of them. Here are five players the Ravens should be targeting in the second round tonight:
1. Terrence Cody (pictured, photo by AP), NT, Alabama: The fact that the Ravens didn't snatch up Williams makes me think they could have eyes for Mount Cody early in the second round. They will probably have to trade up to make sure they get this monstrous nose tackle.
2. Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas: Kindle was the biggest first-round slider, outside of Jimmy Clausen maybe. But whichever team stops his freefall is going to get a good player. Kindle will make a great edge rusher in the 3-4, and he has cover skills, too. He'd look nice opposite Terrell Suggs, wouldn't he?
3. Taylor Price, WR, Ohio: In my final mock draft that ran in Wednesday's paper, I predicted the Ravens would take Price late in the second round. He has the deep speed their offense needs to open up the field for Boldin and Derrick Mason. Price should still be available at pick No. 57.
4. Brian Price, DT, UCLA: Another guy who has been sliding down draft boards, Brian Price would be stout against the run as a 3-4 defensive end, and he could maybe provide some pass-rush ability, too.
5. Chris Cook, CB, Virginia: Cook is the best cornerback left in the draft. He's big (6'2"), but runs pretty well for his size. Ravens brass dropped his name at the pre-draft luncheon last week, for whatever it's worth.
Ah, hell. I love talking about the NFL draft, so here are five more guys who could be on the Ravens' radar (but the players listed above fit them better):
6. Taylor Mays, S, USC: I don't think Mays has the goods to replace Ed Reed (I'm not sure any one player will be able to do that), but his size and speed could make him a good fit at strong safety should the Ravens let Dawan Landry go when his contract is up.
7. Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois: I like Benn a lot, too. He's drawn comparisons to Marvin Harrison, and could be Joe Flacco's go-to guy in a few years. He might not have the blazing speed of Taylor Price, but he can get open downfield, too.
8. Rob Gronkowski, TE, Arizona: Because of Gronkowski's injury issues, I'd rather see them take Oregon's Ed Dickson or BYU's Dennis Pitta. But if the Ravens think he can be somewhat durable, they might pull the trigger because his talent is too good to pass up.
9. Corey Wooton, DE, Northwestern: Wooton, who projects well as a 3-4 defensive end, could get in the rotation with Trevor Pryce and Cory Redding right away.
10. Sean Lee, ILB, Penn State: I don't think Lee has the goods to replace Ray Lewis (I'm not sure any one player will be able to do that). Lee might not be super athletic, but he's an intelligent tackling machine.
Now it's your turn: Who do you think the Ravens should target in Day 2 of the NFL draft?