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2013 NFL Draft - Baltimore Ravens

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Posted Apr 28, 2013


Baltimore Ravens - AFC North, 2013 Draft Selections & Prospects



Baltimore Ravens


2013 NFL Draft Team Analysis - AFC
EAST Buffalo | Miami | New England | NY Jets
WEST Denver | Kansas City |  Oakland | San Diego
NORTH Baltimore | Cincinnati  Cleveland | Pittsburgh
SOUTH Houston | Indy | Jacksonville | Tennessee

2013 NFL Draft Team Analysis - NFC
EAST Dallas | NY Giants | Philadelphia | Washington
WEST Arizona | San Francisco | Seattle | St. Louis
NORTH Chicago | Detroit | Green Bay | Minnesota
SOUTH Atlanta | Carolina | New Orleans | Tampa Bay    
 
- 2012 Baltimore Draft Breakdown
- 2011 Baltimore Draft Breakdown
- 2010 Baltimore Draft Breakdown 
 
FIRST ROUND
 
FSMatt Elam, Florida (Jr.)  5-10, 208
Overall Pick No. 32 CFN Position Rank: 4

CFN Analysis: Why is Baltimore always in the Super Bowl hunt? It passes on Manti Te’o for real, live players like Matt Elam. He’s not going to be Ed Reed, but he’s a terrific talent who’ll be an instant starter who’ll do his part for an always nasty defense.

A top playmaker who produced in big games at the highest level, he more than lived up to his immense prep hype improving year after year. His instincts got better as the game started to slow down for him, and the smarts matched up with his corner speed and huge hitting ability. Disciplined in pass coverage and solid against the run, he can do it all including be a team leader who’ll always bring the A effort. A bit too small, he can pop and plays bigger than his size, he’s a compact defensive back who doesn’t necessarily look the part. Off-the-field issues are going to be a concern, but he’s not a bad guy. More splashy than consistent, he’ll be a fan favorite and should go to a few Pro Bowls as a regular on the highlight shows.
CFN Projection: Second Round

SECOND ROUND

OLB Arthur Brown, Kansas State 6-0, 241
Overall Pick No. 56 CFN Position Rank: 4
Able to work inside or out, Brown could be thrown in the middle if needed but will end up shining on the outside. Very smart, very sound and very tough, he’s an ideal leader who could quickly become a star of a defense. He doesn’t make a slew of mistakes and he’s always around the ball to get in the right position. Steady but not spectacular, he’s not going to be a pass rusher and he’s not going to come up with a slew of game-changing plays, but he’ll come up with a ton of tackles and will be fine in pass coverage. Not huge, there’s no room to get any bigger at an already rocked up 240 – this is it. He’ll be a long-time starter and a pro’s pro with no bust potential.
CFN Projection: Second Round

THIRD ROUND

DT Brandon Williams, Missouri Southern State 6-1, 335
Overall Pick No. 94 CFN Position Rank: 9
Everything is in place but the big school reputation. A bit too squatty and with the potential to balloon up to 350 if he doesn’t watch it, conditioning is going to be an ongoing concern, but he’s freakishly athletic for a player of his bulk and size. He’s built like an NFL nose tackle, but he can be used as a pass rushing three-technique or even move a spot out if he absolutely has to. With his versatility and hustle, coaches are going to love what he brings down in and down out, but he still has to prove he can handle the big-time spotlight after shining in the D-II ranks. He needs lots and lots of technique work after getting by on his next-level tools and talent against mediocre competition, but the skills and upside are intriguing. It just might take a little time before he fully shows what he can do.
CFN Projection: Second Round

FOURTH ROUND

OLB John Simon, Ohio State 6-2, 257
Overall Pick No. 129 CFN Position Rank: 18
Part defensive end, part outside linebacker, all worker, he’s always hustling and he’s always going 100 miles per hour to try making a play. Quick off the ball, he’s a tweener pass rusher who can work in a variety of ways with the raw strength to hold up on the line just enough skill to do a little bit of everything. The problem is that he doesn’t fit any sort of a type. He’s not big enough to be an end and he’s not fast enough to be a playmaking outside linebacker. There’s no questioning his heart or desire, and he’s a pure football player who can find ways to help a team, but there’s a hard ceiling on what he can become.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

FB Kyle Juszczyk 6-1, 248
Overall Pick No. 130 CFN Position Rank: Not Ranked

FIFTH ROUND

OT Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin (OG) 6-5, 308
Overall Pick No. 168 CFN Position Rank: 11
A better-looking prospect going into last season, his stock fell as he struggled with the speedier defensive linemen, and he didn’t progress into a left tackle option as expected. However, he’s a brutish run blocker who can work as a right tackle or be moved to guard. While he made himself into a terrific prospect, he’s missing the quickness and the feet to handle pro speed rushers, working far better in a phone booth. For good and bad, there’s little room on his frame to get bigger – he’s in fantastic shape, but he’s maxed out at around 310 pounds. He’ll be a guard down the road, but he’ll be a good value in the middle rounds at right tackle.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

SIXTH ROUND

DE Kapron Lewis-Moore, Notre Dame 6-3, 298
Overall Pick No. 200 CFN Position Rank: 21
When will he be ready to go? After suffering a torn ACL in the BCS Championship to make a horrible day a total disaster, he’s going to need at least a year on the shelf to get healthy again and maybe even more time to get back to form, but there’s a payoff. With a tall, long body, he’s a perfect 3-4 end who can even move out a bit more and become a forceful, brutish pass rusher. He’s not a great athlete and his burst is going to be even more of an issue after his latest knee problem, but he’ll work to get back and should be a nice part of a puzzle in a few years. At the very least, he’ll be a decent swing backup who could be used in a variety of ways.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

OG Ryan Jensen, Colorado State-Pueblo 6-4, 306
Overall Pick No. 203 CFN Position Rank: Not Ranked

SEVENTH ROUND

WR Aaron Mellette, Elon 6-2, 217
Overall Pick No. 238 CFN Position Rank: 32
With good size and nice athleticism, he’s a decent prospect with a little bit of upside. A midrange receiver, he’s not going to blaze past anyone and he’ll have a hard time outmuscling an NFL defensive back, but he’s good at working his way open and does a good job of making the tough short-range catch. Not a starting receiver, he could work as a decent No. 4 or 5 target who sees time as a key backup in several roles.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

CB Marc Anthony, California 6-0, 196
Overall Pick No. 247 CFN Position Rank: Not Ranked