By Blake Meek
on Wednesday, November 13th
1st Round: Eric Ebron, Tight End, North Carolina
The Ravens biggest need is some offensive help for Joe Flacco. The losses of Anquan Boldin to a trade and Dennis Pitta to injury has really hurt this team. The only reason this team has won four games is the great play of the defense. Ebron is in the new breed of tight ends, who are as much receivers as they are anything else. Ebron can catch absolutely anything thrown his way and has the size and the speed to be a mismatch against almost anyone in the league. Ebron however, is not a great blocker up to this point. He can set some edges, but nothing to write home about. Coming into the NFL he will be used more in the mold of a Jimmy Graham or a Jermichael Finley than he will be an inline type of guy. That being said, he gives Flacco exactly what he needs, a big target who can make plays down the middle of the field.
2nd Round: Allen Robinson, Wide Receiver, Penn State
Adding another weapon to Flacco’s arsenal in the second round will really help to open this offense up. The Ravens are paying Flacco a lot of money and they have to give him the weapons to come even close to living up to it. Jacoby Jones are Marlon Brown are not the answer at the Ravens No. 2 receiver position. Robinson has the size and leaping ability to go get the ball over smaller corners and has excellent body control to make all of the catches. Robinson doesn’t have elite straight line speed, but is fast enough to get by guys and make plays after the catch. Robinsons size and leaping ability will go well across from the speedster Torrey Smith and will be extremely valuable to a quarterback who can throw a pretty deep ball like Flacco.
3rd Round: Bryan Stork, Center, Florida State
The Ravens run game this year has been extremely disappointing. They have yet to really get anything going despite having one of the best running back duos in the league in Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce. A big part of the problem has been the offensive lines inability to open up holes for the backs to run through. Stork is an outstanding run blocker who has opened up holes for Florida States backs for the past two years. He isn’t elite as a pass blocker, but isn’t a liability as he has improved over the past two years. Stork is athletic and quick enough for a zone-blocking scheme in the NFL, but is also big and strong enough to play in a man-blocking scheme. If the Ravens want to get back to a top team they have to sure up their offensive line and running game, Stork can help do exactly that for them.
6th Round: Cornelius Lucas, Offensive Tackle, Kansas State
The Ravens offensive line has had troubles this year and that includes right tackle Michael Oher. He hasn’t been terrible, but he hasn’t been as consistent as they would like. Oher is also a free agent next year and may not be brought back, depending on what he is asking for. Lucas is a huge man, standing at 6’8” and weighing in at 330 pounds. Lucas earned All -12 First Team honors in his first year starting last year at left tackle. Lucas plays with a mean streak about him and takes extremely good angles and a huge wingspan. He does play tight still and needs to work on his knee bend and at times struggles to play with leverage. Will be better suited on the right side in the NFL.
7th Round: Marcus Williams, Cornerback, North Dakota State
Williams is a guy who may end up going higher than this once he really starts getting looked at because this kid has talent. He has a nose for the ball and is sitting with 20 career interceptions right now, which is a North Dakota State record. He is also a playmaker, evident by the fact that he has returned six of his 20 interceptions for a touchdown, which is tied for a FCS record. Williams has nice size at 5’11” and 200 pounds. Williams will need time to get used to the increase in speed and size of the NFL, but after he acclimates Williams could add depth and big play ability to the Ravens defense.