Only hours away from the beginning of the NFL draft and there is still no definitive consensus on who the Baltimore Ravens will target with the 32nd pick in the first round.
Far from it actually.
Inside linebacker is regarded by most as the Ravens' most pressing need, but Baltimore also has glaring holes at both wide receiver and left tackle and could also target a safety such as Jonathan Cyprien (FIU) or Eric Reid (LSU) to challenge James Ihedigbo for the starting job at strong safety.
The Ravens could also be intrigued by a pass-rusher such as Tank Carradine (Florida State) even after adding Elvis Dumervil as a free agent or could even make a move for a high-upside defensive lineman such as Margus Hunt (SMU), who some feel could develop into a dominant 5-technique defensive end in a 3-4 defensive scheme like Baltimore's.
Simply put, there are a number of different ways the Ravens could go with their first-round pick.
Here are some of the players likely to be of the most interest to Baltimore (in alphabetical order):
Keenan Allen, WR, California
Allen isn't a burner, but he's a polished, savvy and dependable receiver who, despite underwhelming top-end speed, many feel has Jordy Nelson-like potential. Poor quarterback play combined with some injury issues caused Allen's numbers to drop some last season, but he still finished with 61 catches for 737 yards and six touchdowns. He had 98 catches for 1,343 yards and six scores in 2011.
Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State
The main issue with Brown is his size, considered by many to be too small at 6-foot, 241 pounds to be an effective starting inside linebacker in the NFL. But Brown is a player who earns high praise for his instincts, a player known for being a strong and reliable tackler and a player viewed by many as one of the best linebackers in this year's draft when it comes to dropping into pass coverage.
Brown had 100 tackles, seven tackles for a loss and two interceptions as a senior at Kansas State last season. He had 101 tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks and an interception as a junior.
Cornelius "Tank" Carradine, DE/OLB, Florida State
If not for the torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered in November, Carradine may have gone in the top-20. Now, he appears more likely to go somewhere during the latter part of the first round or, at worst, the beginning part of the second, even though he's ahead of schedule in his recovery and said at the NFL Scouting Combine in February that he expects to be "100 percent" by the start of minicamp.
Carradine had 80 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss and 11 sacks in 12 games for Florida State last season prior to suffering the torn ACL. He had 38 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss and 5.5 sacks in a situational role in 2011.
Jonathan Cyprien, S, FIU
Cyprien is big (6-foot, 217 pounds). He's physical. He's athletic (38.5 inch vertical jump). And, at least to Russ Lande, Cyprien is "outstanding" in pass coverage as well.
Lande is a former NFL scout who's currently the college scouting director for National Football Post.
"There's probably only a 25 percent chance Cyprien will be there for the Ravens," Lande said during a phone interview. "But if he's there, he's a guy I would take because he's an elite talent. He's a good football player who I think is going to start early."
Cyprien was a four-year starter at FIU. He had 93 tackles and four interceptions as a senior last season.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
Hopkins doesn't have elite speed (4.57 40-yard dash), and he's still relatively lanky even after bulking up to 214 pounds, but he's a good route-runner with decent height (6-foot-1) and impressive ball skills who had 82 catches for 1,405 yards and an ACC-record 18 touchdowns last season.
Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU
There are concerns about Minter's range and his abilities in pass coverage - and many feel Minter may be limited to being a two-down player in the NFL - but Minter earns high praise for his prowess against the run, described by most as an instinctive, physical player who excels working between the tackles. Minter had 130 tackles, a team-best 15 tackles for a loss and four sacks at LSU last year.
Eric Reid, S, LSU
Reid has good size (6-foot-1, 214 pounds), is an impressive athlete and was a productive starter during each of his three seasons at LSU. There are concerns about his stiffness in pass coverage, but he's a physical presence and a solid all-around player who many feel has the skills to be an above-average starter in the NFL.
Reid had 91 tackles and two interceptions at LSU last season. At the combine in February, Reid ranked among the top safeties in attendance in the 40-yard dash (4.53), the vertical jump (40.5 inches) and the broad jump (134 inches).
Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame
Most believe Te'o will be off the board before the Ravens pick, but, if he's not, DeCosta said last week that he has a "great comfort level" with the heavily scrutinized Te'o and that he thinks Te'o is "going to make some team extremely happy."
Te'o, like Minter, has below-average speed for the position (4.82 40-yard dash), and there's obviously the well-documented girlfriend hoax involving Te'o, but Te'o is a physical, experienced, instinctive, high-motor player who was a respected leader at Notre Dame and one of the best defensive players in college football the last four years.
He had 113 tackles and seven interceptions at Notre Dame as a senior last season and finished second in the voting for the Heisman Trophy.