A look at how the national media graded the Ravens draft:
Bottom line: Last year, the Ravens got a lot of good value after trading down, but didn’t get much out of the class in 2010 for multiple reasons. This year, they again got a lot of good value, but also hit on some players that could fill holes a little earlier. The big name is Jimmy Smith, who has the talent to be drafted much earlier, but could use the guidance that a player like Ray Lewis can provide.Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com
Bottom line: They needed help at corner and receiver and they made picks at both. If Jimmy Smith and Torrey Smith work out, this will be a heck of a draft. Ozzie Newsome knows what he's doing.
Bottom line: Despite a trade snafu with the Chicago Bears that allowed the Kansas City Chiefs to sneak in front of the Ravens, Baltimore added the player it was targeting all along in Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith. Smith's character concerns have been well-documented, but so has his talent. ... The gamble on Smith makes this a boom or bust draft for the Ravens, but with the leadership in place to corral him, the Ravens look like one of the draft's winners.
Bottom line: The Ravens addressed their needs at cornerback and wide receiver, as expected. But Jimmy Smith's off-the-field history makes his selection a very risky one.
Bottom line: Jimmy Smith should step in as a starting corner, and wide receivers Torrey Smith and Tandon Doss give Joe Flacco speed receivers.
Bottom line: Just a good, solid draft for a team with only a few glaring holes. Baltimore is institutionally defined by its defense, and top pick CB Jimmy Smith can only help a unit that, though it ranked No. 5 in defensive passer rating last year, has never been quite as stout as it was when Pro Bowler Chris McAlister was on the roster (No. 1 in DPR in 2008, his last year).
Bottom line: Despite getting the short end of would-be trade with Chicago, the Ravens still landed targeted CB Jimmy Smith, whose potential top-10 talent was downgraded due to character questions. Torrey Smith is latest brought in to address WR speed deficit, and should help as kick returner.
Bottom line: The Ravens don't get blame for the snafu that caused them to miss their first-round pick the first time through. That said, the selection of Jimmy Smith with their first pick is an odd move for a Ravens team that usually doesn't deal with character problems that early in the draft. ... The selections of Torrey Smith and Reid are much more of the traditional Ravens style, hard-working, tough guys who don't have issues that will get in the way of success. Also, look for McPhee to be a strong contributor, if not a starter someday.
Bottom line: The Ravens get a pass on their passed first-round pick because of a snafu in a would-be trade with the Bears. They still got their guy, CB Jimmy Smith, one pick later. Second-round WR Torrey Smith is a good "get."
Bottom line: The Ravens had to come out of the draft with a CB, with Josh Wilson and Chris Carr free agents and Domonique Foxworth coming off knee surgery. They got the best pure cover corner in the draft, though Smith slipped to them for a reason. He has off-field concerns. Baltimore used two of its first four picks on WRs in hopes of stretching the field. They had only 40 passes of 20 yards or more last year.
Baltimore Sun reporter Jon Meoli contributed to this blog post.
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