2010 NFL Mock Draft, Fans' Pick Edition: No. 25 - Baltimore Ravens
This pick was destined to be a wide receiver earlier this offseason. Derrick Mason is nearing the end of his great career, and Baltimore had been looking for a second receiver to pair with Mason for many years. When he actually is ready to retire, which seemed like it might be the case last offseason, how could the Ravens field talent at the receiver position?
That question was answered when the Ravens traded for Anquan Boldin, a legitimate top option in the passing game. While it's certainly possible the Ravens could draft a receiver in the first round to provide depth for 2010 and eventually take over the stating job opposite Boldin, the team now has options.
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Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers; Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland: With trade rumors swirling around restricted free agent Jared Gaither, it wouldn't be a shock to see the Ravens add their second consecutive first-round tackle after drafting Michael Oher in 2009. Davis is expected to go in the first half of Round 1, so like Oher, he'd be a steal should the Ravens land him at No. 25. Campbell is a "workout warrior" that saw his stock climb during the offseason.
Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma. The team could first look to pick up the top talent at the tight end position. Todd Heap has been a fixture (when healthy) in the Baltimore lineup for the better part of a decade, but he's close to the end of his career. The Ravens offense was at its best when Heap was at his best, and finding a young stud at tight end would make them all the more dangerous on offense. How do you fully account for an athletic, pass-catching tight end on defense when you're also concerned with stopping a receiver like Boldin and a running back like Ray Rice? The addition of Gresham would be huge for Joe Flacco and this offense.
Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame; Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois; Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech. Even with Boldin in the fold, the Ravens are going to eventually have to find a good receiver to pair with their new franchise pass-catcher. Mason proved in 2009 that he still has something left in the tank, but Demetrius Williams and Mark Clayton never took the next step in their progressions to being starting-caliber NFL receivers. Tate, Benn, and Thomas represent the second tier of receivers underneath Dez Bryant in this class. Thomas was sidelined with a broken foot during the Combine, but word was he would have impressed all and solidified himself as a first-round selection. Benn is a physical specimen that didn't have very good numbers at Illinois, yet most blame that on a lack of talent around him. Tate conversely had great numbers playing with Jimmy Clausen, and though he's much smaller than the other guys, he's been the most productive.
Jared Odrick, DE/DT, Penn State. It's about time to look at replacing Trevor Pryce on the defensive line, and Odrick may be just what the Ravens need. The Penn State prospect has risen to first-round status, and he'd be great as a defensive end in a 3-4 scheme or as a defensive tackle in the 3-4. Odrick would likely join a rotation of Cory Redding and Pryce if drafted.