I cannot make up my mind.
The Baltimore Ravens have plenty of holes to fill with many prominent free agents headed elsewhere. Fortunately for Ozzie Newsome, the Ravens enter the 2015 NFL Draft with 10 picks, including six in the first four rounds.
The problem (and fun) is trying to figure out what exactly they will do with those picks.
Just yesterday, I told myself that the Ravens would likely draft someone on the offensive side of the ball. I scoured over every mock draft out there and saw running backs, wide receivers, tight ends and cornerbacks as the top pick.
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So logically, I chose a defensive player, and it is not a corner.
Makes sense, right?
My theory is simple. The Ravens’ approach is to draft the best player available. The more mock drafts I looked at, the more I noticed that this player was slipping. He is simply too good to pass up, and Ozzie Newsome and Co. will not be able to get their selection in quick enough if he does manage to be there at No. 26. That is why I made the difficult decision.
Last season, the Ravens did another terrific job with the draft. C.J. Mosley made the Pro Bowl as a rookie. Timmy Jernigan is being counted on to make up for the loss of Haloti Ngata. Lorenzo Taliaferro, John Urschel and Michael Campanaro all contributed in their rookie seasons.
We are just a week away from getting some clarity on the Ravens draft plans. In the meantime, here is my guess – they might call themselves “experts,” but they do the same thing – on how the Ravens use those 10 picks.
Note: There are no trades in this mock draft. Three of the Ravens 10 picks cannot be traded, but it is almost certain that some draft-day trades will be made. It is the nature of the business. I just cannot predict the future. Yet.
So with the 26th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select…
Next: Round 1: No. 26