Devastated by salary cap
casualties the Ravens went into the draft with plenty of needs though just two
years removed from winning the Super Bowl.
On of those areas was safety and they addressed it selecting Edward Reed
in round one. Reed brings big play
abilities and leadership to the Baltimore defense.
More than anything else this pick could be quite telling of what
Baltimore thinks of last year's second round choice Gary Baxter; not much.
Second round choice Anthony Weaver was good value a should be an
excellent fit for the Ravens new three-four defensive alignment while Ron
Johnson was a solid pick in round four as he brings size and youth to wide
receiver. Terry Jones Jr. offers a
compliment at tight end for Todd Heap and to their credit, the Ravens did not
panic and select a running back early in the draft as many thought they should,
yet came away with a solid prospect in sixth round pick Chester Taylor.
The team that fooled
everyone as Butch Davis tabbed William Green in the first frame after most all
thought TJ Duckett would be the pick. Green
has a lot of upside to his game but almost an equal amount of downside risk. Andre Davis is another with a lot of potential for the future
both as a receiver and return specialist and could be a steal if he starts to
kick it in gear. Third round pick
Melvin Fowler rounds out the first day and upgrades the offensive line as he is
a center/guard whose best football lay ahead of him.
Linebacker Ben Taylor and tight end Darnell Sanders, both selected in the
fourth frame, are almost a contradiction amongst each other.
Taylor is a hard working, developed linebacker and a low risk prospect
that should be a "nice" football player at the next level.
Sanders on the other hand is a top athlete but only a mediocre football
player that must step it up if he's to meet his upper most limit, which could
very well be the sky.
day is always an adventure for the Bengals and this year started off no
differently for the organization. While a young offensive linemen was in the works, taking Levi
Jones with the tenth pick of the draft may have been a little early.
It was not as bad a reach as many are making it out to be aand Jones is a
talented prospect that can effectively play four different positions on the
line. Safety Lamont Thompson was a
solid pick in the second frame and immediately improves the Bengals pass cover
defense. Matt Schobel is a solid
athlete that could fill a need at tight end if he improves his football skills
while both Marquand Manuel and Joey Evans were good choices in the last two
frames and at the very least will be back-up players that help out on special
Steelers came into the draft with only minor needs and addressed one of them
with Kendall Simmons, a versatile prospect that can play as many as three
different positions on the offensive line, depending on whom you speak with.
They may have hit pay-dirt with second choice Antwaan Randle-El, a
skilled offensive prospect that was moving up draft boards since late January. Don't be shocked if Randle-El is the Steelers best pass
catcher next season. Chris Hope
improves the talent at safety while Larry Foote is a perfect fit as a three-four
linebacker. Verron Hayes runs with
great intensity and can be lined up at several spots while Lee Mays was worth a
late round choice. Defensive end
Brett Keisel is also a good fit for the Steeler defense.
A solid job by Pittsburgh who got value throughout all seven rounds.