Mock drafts show Ravens looking to D

Mock drafts show Ravens looking to D
April 8, 2013, 8:15 pm
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Some mock drafts on NFL.com's web site show the Ravens will be looking at defense with their first pick in the upcoming draft later this month.

Bucky Brooks said the Ravens will pick free safety Matt Elam from Florida with their first round selection. The site said that "GM Ozzie Newsome has a knack for finding productive players at the end of the first round."

Another mock first round on the site has Gil Brandt's prediction of Baltimore doing the same thing Brooks said -- picking Elam. Brandt said Elam is a solid player who can tackle. 

Charley Casserly's opinion on the site is that the Ravens would come away with inside linebacker Kevin Minter from LSU. That's certainly one of the positions that the Ravens need to do something about, thanks to the losses of Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe.

Also on NFL.com, Daniel Jeremiah went a bit of a different route, saying the Ravens would look to Cornelius Carrdine, a defensive end from Florida State. They said he's trying to rebound from an injury, but "he could be a steal at this point in the draft. When healthy, he's a better version of Paul Kruger."

Now, the Ravens already have improved their pass rush, but it would be interesting to see how much depth they want to add there-- or at any position. In addition, they've got 12 draft picks, so the Ravens have plenty of room to put together packages and make some moves if that's what they want.

It's hard to tell what the Ravens are going to do in the opening round, but here's guessing that it will be someone somewhere on defense. That's where the Ravens are changing things and trying to get younger faster.