1. First Round, 29th overall: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
The Ravens reportedly are still looking into drafting receivers early on despite taking both Torrey Smith and Tandon Doss in last year’s draft. I think the big thing here is that Jeffery’s style of play has a nice contrast to that of Torrey Smith. Personally, I don’t think there’s any reason that Joe Flacco shouldn’t be able to work with what he’s got, but the Ravens obviously still have some holes to fill. Jeffery is the kind of guy who you could go either way on at this point. Some feel he’s an early second round pick, but I have him rated as a first rounder easily. If he can stay in shape, he has star potential.
2. Second Round, 60th overall: Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State
I think Zebrie Sanders is one of the more underrated offensive linemen in this year’s draft. He is the kind of guy who flied under the radar because of consistency. He started a boatload of games for the Seminoles the last few years, was academic All-Conference, and looks like he could potentially start at tackle in the NFL. That’s a solid combination to me, and worth a 2nd round pick for a team that has a need on the offensive line.
3. Third Round, 91st overall: Josh Norman, CB, Coastal Carolina
Norman is a small school guy who came onto the scene this offseason at the East-West Shrine game showing scouts he had some shut-down potential. I think for the Ravens, this would be a value pick and an insurance policy at the cornerback position.
4. Fourth Round, 130th overall: Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State
Because people were mocking Burfict to the Ravens no less than two months ago, still in the first round. I think Burfict has gotten a raw deal, despite being a little bit overrated, but he can still be a very good NFL player, especially if he finds a home in Baltimore.
5. Fifth Round, 164th overall: Jonathan Massaquoi, DE/OLB, Troy
Best pass rushing outside linebacker available at this point. The Ravens will need depth with the departure of Jarrett Johnson.
6. Fifth Round, 169th overall: Matt Reynolds, OT, BYU
The Ravens get some more offensive line depth here with Matt Reynolds, who has a chance to develop into a starting guard or right tackle in the NFL.
7. Sixth Round, 198th overall: Akiem Hicks, DL, Regina
Former LSU recruit has some nice natural tools that the Ravens’ coaching staff could get the best out of. I think this would be a great situation for him to land in.
8. Seventh Round, 236th overall: Philip Thomas, S, Syracuse
Guy with some off-field issues but could be a great steal in the seventh round for the Ravens. He has a ton of physical ability and if he’d been able to stay on the field, might be considered one of the best at his position in this draft.