Baltimore Ravens NFL Draft 2011: Sons of former NFL players popping up on Ravens' draft radar. Ohio State's Cameron Heyward, Cal's Cameron Jordan, Oregon's Casey Matthews are intriguing defensive options
The scouting combine and most pro day workouts have been completed, and with the NFL draft just a few weeks away, there has been a significant amount of shuffling in my third NFL mock draft of the offseason. So who will the Ravens pick?
This week, ESPN blogger James Walker has been releasing lists of the top three draft classes of the 2000s for each of the AFC North teams. He tackled the Ravens on Wednesday, ranking the 2008 class as the team's best of the decade.
The Ravens will have more pressing needs to address during the upcoming NFL draft than finding a long-term replacement for legendary linebacker Ray Lewis. But that difficult task is something they must tackle sooner rather than later.
The Ravens have a few things on their shopping list for the NFL draft, but the top prospects will be scooped up by the time they step up to the podium for pick No. 26. But what if the Ravens somehow were handed the top pick in the draft?
As I mentioned in a previous post, Ravens director of player personnel Eric DeCosta was on "Norris & Davis" this morning to discuss this year's NFL draft. He was also asked about Sergio Kindle and Terrence Cody -- the team's top two draft picks last April -- and starting quarterback Joe Flacco.
Ravens director of player personnel Eric DeCosta, the Scottie Pippen to Ozzie Newsome's Michael Jordan when it comes to the Ravens and the NFL draft, appeared on "Norris & Davis" this morning to discuss this week's scouting combine and the upcoming NFL draft. DeCosta is excited about the current crop of draft prospects that will be at the league's annual meet market, which starts Thursday in Indianapolis.
In what I hope will become a Friday staple at Baltimore Sports Blitz, I¿¿¿ll give you a top-five list for a Baltimore sports-related category to discuss. I'm feeling drafty this week, so let's tackle the best draft picks in Ravens history.
The Eagles, Patriots, Jets and Chargers have exercised their right to franchise players the past couple of days even though it might not hold up in the aftermath of the labor Armageddon. The Ravens have now just done the same with Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata.
I got a lot of feedback on Wednesday's mock draft, and many of you disagreed with my early prediction that the Ravens would take Maryland wide receiver Torrey Smith with the 26th pick in the 2011 NFL draft. Some of you scoffed at the notion that wide receiver is a serious need for the Ravens, while others thought the Ravens would be better off selecting another wide receiver late in the first round.