In draft, Ravens are first in 10

In draft, Ravens are first in 10

There are 34 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Apr 20, 2008, titled In draft, Ravens are first in 10. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Eric DeCosta makes picking in the top 10 of the NFL draft sound so easy. "We just rate the players," the Ravens' director of college scouting said.

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Ali V

Raleigh, NC

#1 Apr 20, 2008
great article and it's good to know about Ravens' draft strategy!! I'm sure we'll pick a future Pro Bowler this year and hopefully a Hall of Famer as well.
Bob

Baltimore, MD

#2 Apr 20, 2008
I feel the Ravens should waite on picking a QB..Lets see what Boller and Smith have to offer...alot of mock drafts say T.Smith is too raw to start...is Smith more raw than a rookie QB.? give our QB'S a chance to show what they can do under Cam Cammron system..but still go after a free agent QB...for insurance !
southern md joe

AOL

#3 Apr 20, 2008
the Ravens will be fine.it's hard to swollow when losing.They will be back.Lets move on and thanks to the Great Sun Sports writers.The one and only reason why i keep reading the paper and put the big Sports Page backkkkkkkkkkkkkkk,
sylvia

Boca Raton, FL

#4 Apr 20, 2008
Forget the past-- let's look at what has happen since 2003-- the cornerstone of any team is a Q- we have not even been close with our selections or free agencies-- our thinking has to change- and how about another cornerstone we failed-- to find a stud receiver-- in today's rule changes favoring the O- we have to stop thinking D wins championships anymore and get our heads around the fact O- wins more games
ecinoc

AOL

#5 Apr 20, 2008
Two things ; the statement that a $300,000.00 house compared to a million dollar house is an extremely poor analogy. Doe's this suggest that those who live in a less costly house are perhaps not as equal as those in higher price houses ?

Second , I hope the Ravens stick with their philosophy and take the BEST player. There are several quarterbacks out there that may be as good, or better than Ryan. And these quarterbacks will be available in the second round.

And yes , the Ravens do need a quarterback.
Grant dover DE

AOL

#6 Apr 20, 2008
I ould like to see the ravens get Ryan if he falls to 8 or Mckelvin but if Ryan is gone and they got the chance to trade with NO they could get one of their players and maybe pick up a 2nd or 3rd extra..
Tom

Rehoboth Beach, DE

#7 Apr 20, 2008
Trade back and get a CB in the 1st round and pick up a 2nd round pick for a QB ie Henne, Flacco. Or trade this years 1st round pick for a 2nd and 6th round pick this year and a 1st round pick for next years draft to KC,Atlanta, St Louis or Miami. To get Tim Tebow in next years draft.
Jay

Holly Springs, NC

#8 Apr 20, 2008
I have seen what boller can do if he left the team he would never be a starter for any other team I'am not a fan of drafting a QB with the first pick but since Mcnair retired if Ryan falls to 8 and in the present situation Ryan might be the right thing to do at the eighth pick at least you won't have to give up huge money up front like the first 3 picks

Since: Nov 07

Baltimore, MD

#10 Apr 20, 2008
The Ravens never seem to learn that everything starts with the O-line. If they were to focus on solidifying the O-line in this year's draft (OT and center) they'd be much further ahead of the game than if they run after the next media-inflated wunderkind QB flavor of the year. Troy Smith behind a solid O-line with McGahee, Ross, Heap, Mason, D-Will, & Clayton, with an O scheme that actually ATTACKS opponent's defenses, would better serve the Ravens in 2008 and for years to come. If not, expect more of the same ol same ol that's been Ozzie Newsome's trademark since he arrived here. It was almost comical to see Rod Woodson's reaction to the "the Ravens are STILL looking for a QB" discussion that came up on ESPN a couple of weeks ago. He basically just shook his head with a "So what else is new?" look. Newsome better wise up because this is a critical draft, and if he blows it, I think he might be/should be gone.
Maurice

Washington, DC

#11 Apr 20, 2008
Take the best available player on the board if he is going to be a franchise player if not. Move the pick.

If Vernon Gholston, Matt Ryan, are at 8 pull the trigger if not. Trade out of the spot cb's Mike Jenkins and Aqib Talib easily would fill in for Samari Rolle.

Take a Wr in the second round James Hardy Andre Caldwell and Early Ducet either would be a upgrade to the unit.

3rd Round take Andre Woodson, Josh Johnson, Eric Ainge, J.D. Booty they are all on the same level as John Flacco, Henne, and Brohm just less publicity.
Mike

Baltimore, MD

#12 Apr 20, 2008
HOOCHIE MOMMA wrote:
Ryan is OVERrated, He showed me nothing. Taking him would be waste. Troy is the future.
Troy Smith is not the answer. He'll never be a big time QB. He doesn't have what it takes. Take Ryan if he's there. Let him watch for a year and hand him the job. Everyone is on the Smith bandwagon because he played well against 2 teams that had nothing to play for. He's not the answer.
old19fan

Baltimore, MD

#13 Apr 20, 2008
I agree they have drafted wisely with one glaring exception at the most pivotal of all positions and that is quarterback. When they took Boller they sent the franchise back five years by picking a guy who had bust written all over him from the beginning. They certainly did not do their homework or due dilligence on Blunderboy! To make matters even worse, they have hung onto him way, way, too long!

Since: Nov 07

Baltimore, MD

#14 Apr 20, 2008
Mike wrote:
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Troy Smith is not the answer. He'll never be a big time QB. He doesn't have what it takes. Take Ryan if he's there. Let him watch for a year and hand him the job. Everyone is on the Smith bandwagon because he played well against 2 teams that had nothing to play for. He's not the answer.
And you know that Troy Smith will never be an NFL QB how, exactly? Or, conversely, that Ryan WILL be an NFL QB -- someone who's never thrown a single pass in the pros?

Since: Nov 07

Baltimore, MD

#15 Apr 20, 2008
old19fan wrote:
I agree they have drafted wisely with one glaring exception at the most pivotal of all positions and that is quarterback. When they took Boller they sent the franchise back five years by picking a guy who had bust written all over him from the beginning. They certainly did not do their homework or due dilligence on Blunderboy! To make matters even worse, they have hung onto him way, way, too long!
Aaaah...the resident QB expert chimes in. So...who is your top QB pick in the 2008 draft, swami?

(BTW -- how's that magical 50" T.V. of yours coming along?)

LOL
Tom

Rehoboth Beach, DE

#17 Apr 20, 2008
Maurice wrote:
Take the best available player on the board if he is going to be a franchise player if not. Move the pick.
If Vernon Gholston, Matt Ryan, are at 8 pull the trigger if not. Trade out of the spot cb's Mike Jenkins and Aqib Talib easily would fill in for Samari Rolle.
Take a Wr in the second round James Hardy Andre Caldwell and Early Ducet either would be a upgrade to the unit.
3rd Round take Andre Woodson, Josh Johnson, Eric Ainge, J.D. Booty they are all on the same level as John Flacco, Henne, and Brohm just less publicity.
I would take Gholston at 8th pick. With Suggs on one side and Gholston on the other the Ravens don't need a great secondary.
Mike

United States

#18 Apr 20, 2008
I think the Ravens should stick to taking the best player available strategy or trading down. If Sedick Ellis, Vernon Gholston, Matt Ryan and Ryan Clady are gone by the 8th pick then I would trade down. I would only take Ryan if none of the others I listed are available at the 8th pick.
Mike

United States

#19 Apr 20, 2008
I would also consider trading next years 1st round pick and a later pick this year in order to grab a quality cornerback in the 1st round.
Doug

Chestertown, MD

#20 Apr 20, 2008
The Ravens draft decision on a quarterback comes down to three questions.

1. Is he the best player available.
2. Who is better and has more upside between Ryan and Flacco
3. Do either of those two quarterbacks have the potential to be the franchise quarterback.

If the answer to 2 is Flacco, then you let Carolina or whoever it was make their move to take him and concern yourself with Flacco in the second.

As for Smith and Boller, I find it hard to believe that Smith would have looked any better the past five years behind the poor offensive lines and systems that Boller had to deal with. Once more, I do not think that he will pick up this new offense before Boller. He may be the guy, but competition at the position will not hurt.

As for the offensive line, I feel that whether they believe Gaithers is the guy at LT, if an O-Linemen is the best player available(even at LT), he should be drafted for the sake of depth, competition at the position, and the fact that he is the best player available.

Let's say a guy like Sedrick Ellis falls to where the Ravens draft and Someone goes bonkers to get Ryan, If they have Ellis rated higher than Ryan, take him. Not only do you get the best player available, but you may be able to solidify 3/4 of your long-term defensive line. Gregg is a great DT, but his age is starting to get up there. One reason why the defense has been able to manage for so long is that they have not forgotten about it. They have drafted guys like Reed, Suggs, Ngata and Landry.

I enjoyed the article and it had great information. I hope that this will get some fans on this board to lay off of Ozzie a little bit. It seems that they give Savage all the credit for the good stuff, then leave all of the mistakes to blame on Ozzie. Next, they will give DeCosta credit for the good stuff and leave more mistakes to blame on Ozzie. This whole front office has been great(not including the coaching staff) and that's the story here. First, I do not see Bisciotti drafting Ozzie. Second, I do not believe that Ozzie would have to wait long to find a new job in the same position for another team.

Since: Nov 07

Baltimore, MD

#22 Apr 20, 2008
golfer wrote:
off subject, Can anyone please tell me how the pros drive the ball so far. do they put special weights in there drivers. what is the trick.im 6 3 245 barely hit 250yards but they greens 340 or so whats the deal
You're right -- totally off subject.
Rob

Las Vegas, NV

#23 Apr 20, 2008
heneson jamesly.... way to try to shoot down the schools of the the players the Ravens should actually pick so you can have another boyhood fantasy idol to put on your bedroom wall and worship like you tried so hard to do with dreamboat boller...you write like an infatuated 12 year old instead of an unbiased adult sportswriter....which is probably why the crew on NFL network could barely contain their laughter after you appered on NFL network...i'ts simple.... if they dont improve at corner they will be blown out of atleat 7 games this year...the schedule is a gauntlet of terror for an old worn or subpar corner which is all they have ..there is no way they can compete with what they have at corner right now....so if they're ready to concede this season, let their dominant run defense get to old to be effective and spend the next few years trying to get back to a level that they're alredy at.... and probably never will get back to...go ahead and draft Matt Ryan....if they want to win this year they need to draft atleast Mckelvin or Cromartie flacco will probably be gone at 38 if not get him otherwise no other quarterback is any better than what they already have..get another good corner and you have a complete powerfull weapon that can carry the team very far..Shaun Rodgers is going to disentergrate the o line period... regardless of who's trying to block him.

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