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Mock Draft Monitor 3.0

Now that the combine is over, draftniks took another crack at who the Ravens will choose.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Categories: 2012 NFL Draft, Ryan Mink

With the NFL Scouting Combine in the rearview mirror, draftniks are taking another crack at who the Ravens will choose with the 29th pick in the first round.

Here’s a look at who they had Baltimore taking previously: MDM 1.0 | MDM 2.0

And here’s who they have the Ravens taking now:

ESPN, Mel Kiper
Posted March 7
C Peter Konz, Wisconsin
Junior; 6-foot-5, 315 pounds; 11 games started
“Ray Lewis coming back makes me like this pick more, so I’m sticking with it. As I’ve said before, Matt Birk will need a replacement at center, and Konz is the best one in the draft. He’s like a good quarterback out there, able to call the defensive looks, and will be a big help to Joe Flacco. The Ravens were a mess up front for portions of 2011 and will need to add help there.”

ESPN, Todd McShay
Posted March 7
C Peter Konz, Wisconsin
“The Ravens never lock themselves into one position and will consider plenty of options depending on how things play out, but in this scenario they know exactly what they’re getting. Konz has good size (6-5, 314) for a center, is smart and consistent, and with Cs Matt Birk and Andre Gurode and G Ben Grubbs all set to become free agents, the interior offensive line has to be an area of focus early for Baltimore.”

NFL.com, Bucky Brooks
Posted Feb. 29
C Peter Konz, Wisconsin
“The Ravens need to find a replacement for Matt Birk at the pivot after watching the veteran struggle against Vince Wilfork in the AFC championship game. Konz is a sound technician with the power to control the point of attack and pave the way for Ray Rice on inside runs.”

NFL.com, Chad Reuter
Posted Feb. 29
OLB Courtney Upshaw, Alabama
Senior; 6-1, 273; 51 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, 1 interception
“The Ravens need depth at linebacker, and Upshaw could fill multiple roles in that scheme because of his strength in the run game. He showed average speed and flexibility in Indianapolis, but teams will review the tape again and see that he’s just a solid football player.”

NFL.com, Steve Wyche
Posted Feb. 29
S Mark Barron, Alabama
Senior; 6-1, 223; 68 tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery
“He’s is a big hitter at 213 pounds, but he also has some coverage skills, which are needed in this division featuring so many receiving threats with the Steelers and Bengals.”

Peter Schrager, FOX Sports
Posted March 1
C Peter Konz, Wisconsin
“With Ben Grubbs’ future unknown, the Ravens could have a bit of work to do on their offensive line this offseason. I like Konz, the anchor of a very good Wisconsin offensive line that straight up mauled opponents throughout the 2011 season. Though the Ravens defense isn’t getting any younger, they’d be wise to draft Konz, another young, talented offensive lineman to protect Joe Flacco.”

Pat Kirwan, CBS Sports
Posted March 5
ILB Dont’a Hightower, Alabama
Junior; 6-3, 266; 85 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 1 interception
“It is time to develop the heir apparent to Ray Lewis. Hightower is a classic middle linebacker type who can play alongside Ray for a year or two and then take over.”

Rob Rang, CBS Sports
Posted March 5
C Peter Konz, Wisconsin
“Veteran Matt Birk has played reasonably well for the Ravens and said he wants to play a 15th season in 2012, but he’s near the end of the line. Guard Ben Grubbs, a former first-round pick who is 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. [Iowa offensive tackle Riley] Reiff entered the draft amid talk he’d be a top 10 candidate but is slipping after a disappointing Combine. Newsome takes advantage of falling stars on draft day better than anyone.”

Russ Lande, Sporting News
Posted March 1
OT Mike Adams, Ohio State
Senior; 6-7, 323; 8 games started
“Bryant McKinnie is not the long-term answer at left tackle and Michael Oher struggled when he played on the left side in 2010. So the Ravens choose Adams, who is not an elite prospect but a good one with excellent height (6-7), long arms and competitiveness.”

Pro Football Weekly, Nolan Nawrocki
WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
Senior; 6-3, 229; 100 receptions, 1,147 yards, 9 touchdowns
“An aging receiving corps receives much-needed boost with physical Floyd.”

Posted March 2
OT Mike Adams, Ohio State
“As noted in my 2012 NFL Offseason Needs, Bryant McKinnie did a decent job at left tackle this year, but he’ll be 33 in September, and with his skills eroding, he can’t be counted on much longer. Despite a sub-par showing at the combine, Mike Adams is arguably the top prospect on the board, so Baltimore could select him to be the long-term bookend tackle across from Michael Oher.”

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