When I ran my own Ravens blog, I found that draft coverage was surprisingly fun, and brought in a lot of traffic. I would put together my own mock drafts and make a big board of players that the Ravens reported interest in.
One other popular feature was what I called a “mock draft survey,” where I would use the DC Pro Sports Report mock draft database to figure out which players were being selected by the Ravens in 1st round mocks across the internet.
For this survey, all mock drafts in the database updated since March 21st were used.
This will be the first of several surveys leading up to Draft Day.
After sifting through 30 mock drafts, 16 different names were linked to the Ravens. Only six were mentioned multiple times, those of which are listed below, along with the number of times they appeared:
- Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin: 6
- Dont’a Hightower, ILB, Alabama: 5
- Whitney Mercilus, OLB/DE, Illinois: 3
- Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska: 2
- Mychal Kendricks, ILB, California: 2
- Mark Barron, S, Alabama: 2
An interesting note: Some mock drafts reasoned that Konz would be a great replacement for Matt Birk once he retires, and a few even added that the Wisconsin product may be able to shift over to a guard position for the Ravens and make an immediate impact.
- Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
- Vontaze Burfict, ILB, Arizona State
- Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
- Courtney Upshaw, ILB, Alabama
- Cordy Glenn, G, Georgia
- Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State
- Devon Still, DT, Penn State
- Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College
- Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse
- Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson
While this survey does not really tell us much at this point, it shows the public perception of the Ravens’ current roster, and the needs that will probably be addressed in the NFL Draft. The majority of the players listed were linebackers, defensive linemen, or offensive linemen.
Stay tuned for another draft survey in the upcoming days.
Edgar Walker is a staff writer at BSR. He covers high school sports and basketball recruiting for MDHigh, and is a member of the Hoop Group digital media team. Follow Edgar on Twitter: @Edgar_Walker
Has the NFL allowed drafting coaches yet? The Ravens need to draft a head coach in the first round…
I agree Nails. Harbaugh is like a logistics guy trying to run the Ravens.
Can’t complain with the record over the last four years,,,,its solid. Even with the team he inherited,,,,he’s had coaching and personnel changes left and right and still has been able to win at a high level…Good for him…
How many Superbowls have the Ravens won over the last 4 years? Thanks for nothing Harbaugh. Mediocre coach at best. Tony Sparano could have coached this tem to the playoffs the last 4 years. If your goal is like Harbaugh and Bischotti’s goal to make the playoffs, you are in the wrong business. Besides, I like your alter ego Mystery Man better!
I guess thats why you’re not coaching the team….There is a lot time and hard work that goes into coaching a team and they have been on the cusp for the last four years…I’d take that with older veterans than a Billick team with much better talent just barely making the playoffs year after year. FYI,,, last i heard,,, Sparano was kicked to the curb cause he couldn’t coach his way out of a paper bag.
We need Vontaze Burfict!! Hope Harbaugh agrees.
Coaching the team… I am too busy fighting crime in AA County. No time to coach the Ravens. Tony Sparano plus a wet paper bag equals John Harbaugh. You are ok Mystery man. Have I ever frisked you and made you feel uneasy???
Hells yea, you frisked me… don’t you remember it was right before you shoved my schweaty balls in your mouth.
Ewww. I ain’t that kinda guy, Spy. Who can verify?
Obviously this is not me posting,,,,,,,,,,it is the guy who admires me and really wants to be me,,,,,,,,,,his use of coma’s and dot’s is not even close to how I use them , there is a purpose for them and he obviously does not know it.sorry he has misrepresented my comments……….
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