Newsome: 2013 draft 'very, very good'

Newsome: 2013 draft 'very, very good'
April 27, 2013, 10:15 pm
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The final day of the three-day NFL draft kept the Ravens busy as they stocked up at many positions. Here’s a quick look at who they picked:
Round 4: John Simon, DE/OLB, Ohio State; Kyle Juszczyk, Harvard, FB
Round 5: Ricky Wagner, T/G, Wisconsin
Round 6: Kapron Lewis-Moore, DE, Notre Dame; Ryan Jensen, G/C, Colorado State-Pueblo
Round 7: Aaron Mellette, WR, Elon; Marc Anthony, CB, California
GM Ozzie Newsome said afterwards that the team is happy with the players they picked on Saturday and throughout the long three-day draft.
“I think we have a great understanding of the type of football players that [coach] John [Harbaugh] wants in his locker room that he and his coaching staff wants to work with,” Newsome said in a press conference after the draft ended. “My assessment, it’s a very, very good class.”
Simon should give the Ravens more help on the defensive line, something the team really wanted to focus on heading into the off-season. Lewis-Moore could do that also, but it may not be this year as he’s recovering from a torn ACL suffered while playing for Notre Dame in the national title game.
But there’s no doubt that the team’s depth is much better. Juszczyk is a player that could help in that department. He could give the Ravens some punch at a few different spots on offense and also be a very solid special teams player.
“He’s a very versatile player,” Harbaugh said.
Wagner’s played tackle on both sides, and the Ravens think he could work at guard, saying also he’s a great depth guy. Jensen will first get a shot at center, where he played in high school, even though he’s listed as more of a guard.
The seventh-round picks of wide receiver Mellette and Anthony also are about depth, especially the cornerback.
“There’s one thing we’re going to never have enough of – and that’s corners,” Newsome said.