Who Will The Ravens Take?

hi-res-162768703_display_imageThe 2013 NFL draft will be held Wednesday, April 25th at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The Ravens hold  the 32nd pick in the first round but they have a history of moving up and down the draft board. In 2010 they moved out of the first round and also did it again last year where they selected Courtney Upshaw with the 35th overall pick. The Ravens moved up to take Joe Flacco in 2008 and moved up again the next year in 2009 to draft tackle Michael Oher. Their biggest need is at safety, Inside linebacker, wide receiver, and left tackle. Here are some possible prospects they can take.

Keenan Allen– 6’2, 206,- He is drawing lots of comparisons to Anquan Bolden. After a great freshman year Allen took his game to another level catching  98 passes for 1,343 yards and six scores, earning First Team All-Pac-12 honors from the conference coaches. He has a long, tapered build with prototypical height for the position. Very good all-around athlete. Good initial quickness, balance and lateral agility.

Matt Elam– 5’10, 208,- A two-year starter as part of the Gators’ secondary, Matt Elam will put forward one of the best highlight reels of any prospect in this class due to his big hits and personality on the field. Plays close to the line of scrimmage or in the box very often. At his best when asked to make a play, either blitzing or one on one on the edge. Frequently assigned to cover the slot receiver.

Kevin Minter– 6’0, 246,- He was a very consistent player over the last two seasons. He led LSU with 111 tackles and 13.5 tackle for losses. Minter disappointed by running a 4.81 40-yard dash at the scouting combine, but he was able to shave that down to the 4.7 range at his pro day.

Jonathan Cyprien– 6’0, 217,- He is one of the best strong safeties in the draft this year. his stock rose on a lot of teams draft board after his strong showing at the Senior Bowl. He is a vocal leader with strong leadership qualities,a physical player, a good athlete, and has very good ball skills.

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