Mock Draft Monitor 1.0

A round-up of Web mock drafts projecting who the Ravens will select at No. 29.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Categories: 2012 NFL Draft, Ryan Mink

It’s time to kick this party off.

Leading up to and following the Senior Bowl, there was a bevy of opening mock drafts popping up around the Web.

Let’s see who draftniks have the Ravens taking at No. 29.

ESPN, Mel Kiper
Posted Jan. 18
ILB Vontaze Burfict, Arizona State
Junior; 6-foot-3, 250 pounds; 63 tackles, 5 sacks, 1 interception
“He’s been drawing comparisons to Ray Lewis since he got to Tempe, and hopefully Lewis will be around for another year to mentor Burfict. But either way, the Ravens have to consider what they’ll do, as retirement talk now is a reality for their legendary linebacker, and Burfict is the kind of player who could develop into a star in his own right in that defense. He is instinctive and rangy, and plays with an edge. He developed a bit of a reputation as a guy who was prone to the personal foul, but if he channels that energy, Burfict could be a very good one. He has a ton of experience as an immediate freshman starter and reads the game pretty well.”

Sports Illustrated, Don Banks
Posted Jan. 27
C Peter Konz, Wisconsin
Junior; 6 -5, 315
“With reliable center Matt Birk perhaps hanging it up after 14 seasons in the league, getting the highly regarded ex-Badger represents quality bottom-of-the-round value.”

FOX Sports, Peter Schrager
Posted Jan. 29
OG Cordy Glenn, Georgia
Senior; 6-5, 348
“With Matt Birk retiring at the end of this season and Ben Grubbs scheduled to hit the free-agent market, the Ravens could have a bit of work to do on their offensive line this offseason. If Glenn slipped all the way to 30th, Ravens fans from Pikesville to Parsonburg would be awfully happy. A 345-pound beast of a man who can play right away at the next level, Glenn’s a Day 1 NFL starter. Though the Ravens defense isn’t getting any younger, I can’t see them passing on Glenn if he slips this far in the first round.”

National Football Post, Wes Bunting
Posted Jan. 30
ILB Vontaze Burfict, Arizona State
“If Burfict is going to end up going in round one, a team like the Ravens would be an ideal situation for him. He’s got a great role model to look up to in Ray Lewis and can be brought along slowly under him.”

NFL.com, Bucky Brooks
Posted Jan. 27
C Peter Konz, Wisconsin
“After watching Matt Birk struggle against Vince Wilfork in the AFC Championship Game, the Ravens realize the need to get a more physical presence at the pivot. Konz has been the centerpiece of a Wisconsin running game that has routinely pummeled opponents, and his aggressiveness will help Ray Rice remain an effective runner between the tackles.”

NFL.com, Elliot Harrison
Posted Jan. 17
C Peter Konz, Wisconsin
“This pick just feels right. Konz can play on the interior or potentially start at center over Matt Birk, who is even older than Thomas Jones.”

NFL.com, Chad Reuter
Posted Jan. 16
OT Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State
Senior; 6-5, 337
“With center Matt Birk and guard Ben Grubbs both free agents, the Ravens will be looking to bolster the interior of their offensive line. Osemele’s massive 6-5, 350-pound frame, pure strength and tenacity should open holes for Ray Rice.”

NFL.com, Charles Davis
Posted Jan. 17
SS Mark Barron, Alabama
Senior; 6-2, 218; 61 tackles, 2 interceptions
“Ed Reed can play forever, can’t he? Well, he may not want to, and the Ravens bring in his eventual replacement for some tutoring first.”

NFL.com, Pat Kirwan
Posted Jan. 17
ILB Dont’a Hightower, Alabama
Junior; 6-4, 260; 79 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 interception
“Ray Lewis looked like he could play for a few more years in the Ravens’ divisional playoff win over Houston, but it is time to groom his replacement.”

NFL.com, Steve Wyche
Posted Jan. 17
OLB Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma
Junior; 6-2, 244; 59 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 1 interception
“The Ravens can never have enough linebackers. Lewis is not scheme-specific and can get to the quarterback.”

CBS Sportsline, Rob Rang
Posted Jan. 23
C Peter Konz, Wisconsin
“Veteran Matt Birk has played reasonably well for the Ravens but will be entering his 15th season in 2012. Guard Ben Grubbs, a former first-round pick and arguably Baltimore’s most consistent offensive lineman, is scheduled for free agency. General manager Ozzie Newsome won’t go through the 2012 draft without addressing the interior of his offensive line. Should Konz elect to leave Madison early, he’d be a prize at this point in the draft.”

CBS Sportsline, Dane Brugler
Posted Jan. 23
OT Mike Adams, Ohio State
Senior; 6-6, 320
“The Ravens will look to get younger on the offensive line in this draft at both tackle and the interior positions. Ohio State left tackle Mike Adams has the ideal frame, length and base with enough lateral quickness to warrant looks in the late first-round range.”

WalterFootball.com
Posted Jan. 25
ILB Vontaze Burfict, Arizona State
“Ozzie Newsome indicated that he’ll be looking for Ray Lewis’ successor this upcoming April. Well, Vontaze Burfict makes sense for a number of reasons. He’s one of the best players available and fits the attitude of Baltimore’s defense. He can play next to Lewis right away, and Ozzie Newsome has taken chances on talented head-cases before.”

Football’sFuture.com, Robert Davis
Posted Jan. 16
ILB Vontaze Burfict, Arizona State
“Burfict is a top-10 talent based on his ability to impact a football game. He needs to mature, and there is no better place to do that, than a team with Ray Lewis and Ed Reed on it.”

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