The 2012 NFL draft is now just over a week away. Free agency has died down, and teams are shifting their focus to the draft to round out their rosters. The Ravens are no exception. Their primary needs are still the same as they were entering the offseason: offensive line help, a pass rusher and a receiver.
Will the Ravens be able to find a prospect that they like who addresses one of those areas at pick No. 29? Good players always seem to fall into their laps in the first round. If not, they could trade back.
This mock draft -- the fourth of five I will do before the draft -- doesn’t account for trades, so I have to make a pick for them. Besides, what fun would it be if I had the Ravens trading out of a mock draft?
And remember, these are called “mock” drafts for a reason. Try not to take them too seriously, folks.
1. Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford. The question isn’t if they’ll take Luck; it’s if they will have contract terms in place before Round 1 next Thursday.
2. Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor. Football fans down I-95 finally have a reason for excitement. I’m eager to see how RGIII’s game translates.
3. Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC. This pick could be in play for a trade, but if not, they would be crazy to not take this tackle to protect Christian Ponder.
4. Browns: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M. Here’s where the draft will start to get interesting. Do they like Tannehill enough to reach for him here?
5. Buccaneers: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama. There’s talk the Bucs love Morris Claiborne but things may change if Richardson gets past the Browns.
6. Rams: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State. Which top-tier prospect will be there at No. 6? Ideally it would be Blackmon, the draft’s top wideout.
7. Jaguars: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU. If some team covets Tannehill early, the Jaguars will luck out and land a top prospect such as Claiborne.
8. Dolphins: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa. If the Dolphins want Tannehill, they may have to move to get him. If not, they have plenty of other holes to fill.
9. Panthers: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State. The Panthers need to beef up their front four and Cox is solidifying himself as one of the top D-tackles.
10. Bills: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame. They could go offensive line, but flanking Floyd opposite of Stevie Johnson would boost their pass attack.
11. Chiefs: Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College. Inside linebackers taken this early don’t always pan out, but GM Scott Pioli has drafted them high before.
12. Seahawks: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford. A few draft analysts have hailed DeCastro as the second coming of former Seahawk Steve Hutchinson.
13. Cardinals: Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina. They’d probably like to select a receiver or a tackle, but Ingram would be a better value here.
14. Cowboys: Mark Barron, S, Alabama. The Cowboys have needs at both safety and corner, but Barron is said to be a rising prospect and a safe pick.
15. Eagles: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU. Whispers out of Philly say they may draft a defensive tackle. Of his peers, Brockers might have the most upside.
16. Jets: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis. Legit or not, comparisons have been made to Haloti Ngata. Might that tempt Rex Ryan and the Jets to target Poe?