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What they're saying about the Ravens

Here's another look at mock draft projections for the Ravens, who hold the 25th overall pick in Thursday's NFL draft:

•'s Bill Simmons says the Ravens will draft Penn State defensive lineman Jared Odrick.

• The Boston Herald's Karen Guregian thinks the Ravens will select Georgia Tech wide receiver Demaryius Thomas in the first round.

They just keep loading up at receiver.

• Greg Cote of the Miami Herald says Thomas is going to be drafted by the Ravens.

Crows would love TE Jermaine Gresham but he won't last. Team got Anquan Boldin in a trade but wants more weapons for Joe Flacco. Cornerback is the only other position that could be the pick here.

• David White of the San Francisco Chronicle agrees that the Ravens will grab Thomas at No. 25.

Could it be, the Ravens want to really become a passing offense?

• The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's D. Orlando Ledbetter also thinks Thomas is the Ravens' choice.

Perfect spot for Thomas, who can learn from veterans Anquan Boldin and Derrick Mason.

• Emmanuel Pepis of breaks down the first three rounds of the NFL draft. He says the Ravens will take Rutgers cornerback Devin McCourty at No. 25 and Northwestern defensive end Corey Wootton at No. 57.

Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers -- For the Ravens, Joe Flacco has made the progression you wanted from him to this point. Now it's a matter of which need wins out. Do you find a weapon to bolster your offense or try to inject some ability back into that secondary with your first pick? In the end, I believe they'll go the corner route. McCourty has great speed and can break up passes well. He's also solid in special teams and is an aggressive tackler. It's between him and Demaryius Thomas here, but I think the Ravens will wind up going defense.

• The (Raleigh, N.C.) News & Observer's Charles Chandler believes the Ravens will select Texas safety Earl Thomas in the first round.

• The writers for the Red Zone blog on think Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham is the right choice for the Ravens.

GM Ozzie Newsome may think he's looking in the mirror.

• Jeff Schudel of The (Willoughby, Ohio) News-Herald believes Thomas will land with the Ravens with the 25th pick.

Joe Flacco gets a big target.

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• has the Ravens selecting Thomas.

At first glance Baltimore appears to be four deep at wideout but looks can be deceiving. Boldin has a long history of injuries, Derrick Mason is now 36-years-old, Mark Clayton has regressed each of the last three years and nobody knows what to expect from Donte Stallworth. You'd be hard-pressed to find a more impressive physical specimen at the wide receiver position in this class than Georgia Tech's Demaryius Thomas, who checks in at 6-3Πand 224 pounds and reportedly runs in the high-4.3's.

• Don Banks of also thinks the Ravens will pick Thomas.

The Ravens wouldn't let Dez Bryant, Jermaine Gresham or a Kyle Wilson get past them, but all three of those names are gone in our first round. So even with Anquan Boldin and Donte' Stallworth already added this offseason, Thomas becomes an easy addition to a vastly improved Baltimore receiving depth chart.

• thinks the Ravens will pick Odrick.

To steal something from my 2011 NFL Mock Draft, Dwan Edwards is gone, while Justin Bannan signed with the Broncos. Suddenly, Baltimore's defensive line is a little thin. Jared Odrick is one of the top players available and would be a great fit in the Ravens' defense.

• Pat Kirwan of projects that the Ravens will take Southern Cal safety Taylor Mays.

Mays has some questions about his coverage skills, but brings a very intimidating presence to the field, and that fits the style that the Ravens have been known for the last decade. Mays is more than a big athlete who can run like a wide receiver. He has football intelligence and makes good decisions.

• Chris Steuber of thinks the Ravens will take Alabama defensive tackle Terrence Cody.

The Ravens filled their need for a No. 1 WR by trading for Anquan Boldin, which leaves CB and D-Line as their next priority. There are CBs available, but the presence of Mount Cody makes everyone on their defense better.

• has also has the Ravens selecting Cody.

The Ravens' defensive line, minus Haloti Ngata, is getting a bit long in the tooth. Cody would give this unit flexibility and give the defense two athletic, immovable objects up front.

• projects the Ravens to take Gresham.

Todd Heap has suffered from multiple injuries in recent years, and a very talented tight end like Gresham could fill that role quite nicely.

•'s Chad Reuter also predicts that the Ravens will go with Gresham.

Nice value here, gives Joe Flacco a solid 1-2 punch with Todd Heap at the position.

[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr. and Justin Cherot]

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