The Baltimore Ravens entered the 75th NFL draft with 5 picks. They finished with 7.
Almost everyone has praised Baltimore for another year of great draft choices. Draft Analyst Mel Kiper chose Baltimore as the most successful organization this year, and even graded them with an A+.
Without even picking in the 1st round, the Ravens somehow ended up with TWO 1st-round caliber players. Let’s recap on all the players that Baltimore picked.
Sergio Kindle was selected 43rd overall as a defensive end.
Kindle played in Texas as a linebacker and defensive end, so he could fair well behind Terrell Suggs as a hybrid player. At 6-3 and 250 lb., Kindle certainly has the size to excel in his position. As for speed, Kindle ran the the 40-yard dash in 4.71 seconds, the 5th fastest time among defensive ends.
Kindle, who was projected to be drafted in the 1st round by many analysts, was quickly taken by the Ravens in the 2nd round. Kindle mainly fell in draft boards because he went through 4 surgeries on a single knee and was arrested in 2007 for DUI, making him a gamble for many. This of course did not bother the Ravens; they jumped at the opportunity to steal him.
I’m extremely happy with the Ravens 1st pick. Under Lewis’ leadership, Kindle will surely get his act together. It seems Kindle is already ecstatic to join the Ravens and show off his abilities. He openly said, “I’m getting Rookie of the Year. That’s my goal.”
Terrence Cody was selected 57th overall as a defensive tackle.
The term “monster” would be an understatement to describe Cody, who is 6-4 and over 350 lb. A rare blend of enormous size and athletic ability placed Cody in the 1st round of many mock drafts. Although, his enormous size might have been too much for some teams. Even though Cody managed to drop 15 lb. since weighing in at the Senior Bowl, scouts and analysts were still concerned about his stamina.
Great news for the Ravens. I’m sure Ozzie Newsome was targeting him with the 43rd pick, but somehow Kindle was still open so they went with him instead. It was a blessing to still have Cody available 14 picks later. Ngata and Cody could make a great duo for years to come.
Ed Dickson was selected 70th overall as a tight end.
The addition of Dickson gives much needed depth to the Ravens tight end position. Dickson stands at 6-4 and 250 lb. He has great hands and can catch in traffic. A solid choice to fill the remaining offensive needs.
The University of Oregon product holds the school record for the most receiving yards as a tight end; he had 124 catches for 1,557 yards.
Dennis Pitta was selected 114th overall as a tight end.
Grabbing Pitta after Ed Dickson means the Ravens chose 2 tight ends in back-to-back picks. A move that even Newsome said was “…kind of unusual for [the Ravens] to have picked a player at a position, and then come back and back it up.”
Nonetheless, the tight end position needs a whole lot of depth considering last year’s shortcoming in Davon Drew. Edgar Jones and T.J. Smith have not contributed much either. Hopefully Dickson and Pitta will bring in some stiff competition.
David Reed was selected 156th overall as a wide receiver.
As a senior at Utah, Reed caught 81 passes for 1,888 yards, setting school records. He brings youth to an aging wide receiver group. Reed will have to work hard in an already competitive group of receivers.
Arthur Jones was selected 157th overall as a defensive tackle.
Jones excelled at Syracuse and was considered to be one of the top defensive linemen in the draft. The knee injury that caused him to miss the final 3 games of the season might have been the main reason for his drop in the boards.
At 6-3 and only 300 lb., look for Reed to bulk up in the offseason.
Ramon Harewood was selected 194th overall as an offensive tackle.
The Baltimore Ravens last pick in the 2010 NFL draft. Harewood is now the only player from Morehouse College to ever be drafted into the NFL.
The Ravens will try to produce a great O-lineman out of Harewood, who has both intelligence and size. He studied physics and engineering in school, and is sized at 6-7 and 360 lb.