Grading The Baltimore Ravens Draft

<b>Analysis:</b> If Clayton were three inches taller, he may have been the first wide receiver selected in the draft. Possessing tremendously quick feet, good speed, and very solid receiving skills, Clayton provides the Ravens with a significant threat and upgrade at the receiver position.

Baltimore Ravens
1 (22) Mark Clayton; WR - Oklahoma
2 (53) Dan Cody; DE - Oklahoma
2 (64) Adam Terry; OT - Syracuse
4 (124) Jason Brown; C - North Carolina
5 (158) Justin Green; FB - Montana
6 (213) Derek Anderson; QB - Oregon State
7 (234) Mike Smith; LB - Texas Tech

Analysis: If Clayton were three inches taller, he may have been the first wide receiver selected in the draft. Possessing tremendously quick feet, good speed, and very solid receiving skills, Clayton provides the Ravens with a significant threat and upgrade at the receiver position. Runs routes better than any receiver in the draft and knows how to read a defense and with his quick feet can avoid being slowed at the line of scrimmage. Yardage after the catch will be a major element Clayton will bring to a Baltimore team that has struggled with productivity from the wide receiver position.

Securing defensive end Dan Cody with the 53rd pick in the draft may be a major coup for the Ravens. Cody is a high-motor type defensive end and is extremely aggressive rushing the quarterback as well as chasing down a ball carrier. Cody is a good fit for the Ravens as the team returns to the 4-3 defensive scheme and will not disappoint as he challenges for the starting left defensive end starting role.

Looking to add quality and depth to the offensive line, the Ravens found a good fit in Terry with the 64th selection in the draft. Terry is a large tackle with solid technique and coaching, which should easily provide him the tools to slide over to the right-tackle position at this level. This is the basis for which the Ravens traded up in the second round to secure his services.

Grade: A-


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