Mock Draft Monitor 2.0

Who are the experts predicting the Ravens will take in the first round of the draft?

Posted by Garrett Downing on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Categories: 2012 NFL Draft, 2012 Offseason, Garrett Downing

The NFL scouting combine is this week, which will undoubtedly impact what players the Ravens are considering in this year’s draft.

Before the Ravens get a chance to look at the nation’s top college talent in Indianapolis, let’s see who the draft experts like the Ravens taking with the 29th pick.

For reference: MDM 1.0

ESPN, Mel Kiper
Posted Feb. 15.
C Peter Konz, Wisconsin
Junior; 6-foot-5, 348 pounds
“With Ray Lewis’ decision to come back for another year, the Ravens might be a little less desperate to find the next great linebacker, and can instead hit another big need. Matt Birk will need a replacement at center, and Konz is the best one in the draft. He’s like a good quarterback, picking up every blitz and stunt, and has the kind of smarts in calling out things that will really help the quarterback. The Ravens were a mess up front for portions of 2011 and will need to add help there.”

ESPN, Todd McShay
Posted Feb. 2
MLB Vontaze Burfict, Arizona State
Junior, 6-3, 250 pounds; 63 tackles, 5 sacks, 1 interception
“Burfict is a physical freak with tremendous athleticism and explosive power. He’s a top-20 talent, but questions about his discipline on and off the field are hurting his stock. However, Burfict could contribute immediately and would benefit greatly from the leadership and guidance of Ravens MLB Ray Lewis. And you have to wonder whether the Ravens would press their luck and take another player with character flags after bringing CB Jimmy Smith into the fold last year.”

National Football Post, West Bunting
Posted Feb. 15
ILB Dont’a Hightower, Alabama
Junior; 6-4, 260; 3 sacks, 1 interception
“Hightower is a ‘plus’ run defender who can be used as a blitzer inside or a pass rusher off the edge. His versatility on third down gives the Ravens even more options in pressure situations.”

CBS Sportsline, Dane Brugler
Posted Feb. 20
C Peter Konz
“Fourteen-year veteran center Matt Birk is currently considering retirement. And if the former Pro Bowler decides to hang it up, this pick becomes a no-brainer if Konz is still on the board. He has the skills set to play any of the interior line positions and is clearly the top center in this draft.”

CBS Sportsline, Rob Rang
Posted Feb. 20
C Peter Konz
“Veteran Matt Birk has played reasonably well for the Ravens but is weighing retirement rather than returning for his 15th NFL season. Guard Ben Grubbs, a former first-round pick and arguably Baltimore’s most consistent offensive lineman when healthy, 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, a career center with enough size and athleticism to play guard if needed, still be on the board, the former Badger would make a great deal of sense.”, Chad Reuter
Posted Feb. 8
G Kelechi Osemele
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.”, Charley Casserly
Posted Feb. 15
C Peter Konz
“Konz will be Matt Birk’s replacement.”, Robert Davis
Posted Feb. 6
MLB Vontaze Burfict
“Burfict would be considered a top-ten talent without questions about his attitude. He is a true game-changer when he is focused, but he is a bit of a loose cannon. There’s no better place for a youngster to have his head screwed on right than playing alongside Ray Lewis and Ed Reed as a rookie.”
Posted Feb. 15
MLB Vontaze Burfict
“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.”, Clint Clearwater
Posted Feb. 18
DE/OLB Nick Perry, USC
Junior; 6-3, 250; 54 tackles, 9.5 sacks
“The Ravens will probably be drafting the best player available this April. Nick Perry is a terrific pass rusher that will most likely go in the first round this April. He falls a little bit in this mock, but the Ravens won’t allow him to fall any further. They will be looking to add another pass rusher and Perry fits the bill. He’s big and surprisingly fast and has good technique. He has good value at number 29.”

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