Keep in mind that smoke screens and misinformation are in high supply this
time of year:
1. The Ravens keep their pick and draft ultra-productive, smallish Oklahoma wide receiver Mark Clayton, upgrading their 31st-ranked passing game.
2. The Ravens trade up a few picks to leapfrog the St. Louis Rams at No. 19 to draft Oklahoma offensive tackle Jammal Brown, a converted defensive lineman with a nasty mentality.
3. The Ravens move up a few picks to draft undersized, tenacious Georgia defensive end David Pollack, a versatile player who could play outside linebacker in a 3-4 set or operate with his hand down in a 4-3 alignment.
4. The Ravens keep their pick and are astonished that Florida State defensive tackle Travis Johnson, the top-ranked interior lineman, is still available after the Cincinnati Bengals passed on him at No. 17.
5. The Ravens trade back and have their choice of either Oklahoma defensive end Dan Cody, Washington offensive tackle Khalif Barnes, Georgia linebacker Odell Thurman, Virginia linebacker Darryl Blackstock or Nebraska cornerback Fabian Washington.
6. In the least likely of possibilities, Baltimore packages its second-round draft pick (53rd overall) or possibly a future pick, but won't relinquish next year's first-round pick, to nab a sliding blue-chip prospect such as imposing USC wideout Mike Williams or speedy West Virginia cornerback Adam "Pac Man" Jones.
Stay tuned. It's going to be an exciting day.
As well as a being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.
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