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NFL Network’s Mike Mayock is another analyst raving about this year’s pass-rushing talent.
So while Mayock believes the Ravens will go with vertical-threat wide receiver Torrey Smith of Maryland in the first-round, he can also see Baltimore diving into the deep end of the defensive pool.
“I do think a receiver will be there, and I do know that some of those defensive linemen and linebacker types that [the Ravens] like will be there,” Mayock said.
Mayock said he has eight or nine defensive ends going in the first round, when there’s typically about four. That means there’s a good chance some will slide to Baltimore.
Asked for specific names that he envisions being available at No. 26, Mayock pointed to Missouri defensive end Aldon Smith, Temple defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson and possibly Cal’s Cameron Jordan.
Here’s a look at each of them, thanks in part to National Football Post’s Scouting Department:
DE Cameron Jordan, California
Senior; 6-foot-4, 283 pounds 2010: 51 tackles, 6 sacks; 2009: 45 tackles, 6 sacks
“Has really taken his game to another level this season, being productive at a number of positions along the defensive line using his combination of power, burst and suddenness to beat blocks and get after the football.” – NFP YouTube Highlight Video
DE Aldon Smith, Missouri
Sophomore; 6-5, 260 pounds 2010: 48 tackles, 6 sacks; 2009: 60 tackles, 11 sacks
“A tall, extremely long-armed defensive lineman with an athletic-looking frame and impressive explosion in all areas of his game.” – NFP YouTube Highlight Video
DT Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple
Junior; 6-5, 305 2010: 68 tackles, 10 sacks; 2009: 58 tackles, 6 sacks
“Is a raw talent at this stage who played this past year as a defensive end in the Temple 3-4 front, but he still has a lot of upside to his game.” – NFP YouTube Highlight Video