Team has wild-card spot at No. 8

Team has wild-card spot at No. 8

There are 39 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Apr 16, 2008, titled Team has wild-card spot at No. 8. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Feeling the anxiety of the coming NFL draft, first-year Ravens coach John Harbaugh dropped by Eric DeCosta's office last week.

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Bob

Baltimore, MD

#2 Apr 16, 2008
Go with Defence..and Defence !!! I feel the Ravens will be much better on Offence with the new coaching staff !!!!

Since: Nov 07

Baltimore, MD

#3 Apr 16, 2008
While there may be no glaring holes, there are serious question marks at at least 3 positions:

1. QB -- While I happen to like Troy Smith and think he'll be the Ravens QB of the future, he's got a ways to go to build on the 2 games in which he played well, IMO. And given all the positive PR McNair has gotten the past couple of months, it remains to be seen if the Ravens will ever "get it" when it comes to QBs.

2. CB -- Samari Rolle has a lot to prove both performance-wise and health-wise in 2008, IMO.

3. Center -- Chris Chester better demonstrate that he can nail down that position and not get blown back by bull rushers, or else we're going to need to find someone else to fill that hole.

(And while Adam Terry showed he could fill in at LT in 2006, and while Jared Gaither showed some flashes early in the 2007 season, the LT spot is anything but a sure thing at this point. Similarly, while Marshall Yanda did reasonably well at RT, there were times when he got beaten badly, so the RT spot is no sure thing either.)
lll

Baltimore, MD

#4 Apr 16, 2008
The OL should be Gaither-LT, Grubbs-LG, Brown-C, Yanda-RG, Terry-RT. I think that is the most solid OL we could put together and could be a dominant OL of the future. Samari looked good when healthy last year, the key is he must stay healthy.

Since: Nov 07

Baltimore, MD

#5 Apr 16, 2008
lll wrote:
The OL should be Gaither-LT, Grubbs-LG, Brown-C, Yanda-RG, Terry-RT. I think that is the most solid OL we could put together and could be a dominant OL of the future. Samari looked good when healthy last year, the key is he must stay healthy.
Please...if there's one thing that Terry has shown in 3 years of experiments at RT, it's that HE CANNOT PLAY RT at all. It'd been documented. It has something to do with adjusting to the opposite side and his footwork. He simply can't do it.
Tom

Rehoboth Beach, DE

#6 Apr 16, 2008
If DE-LB Vernon Gholston is still there at #8 take him if not,trade down to 14-15-16 and pick up a mid 2nd round pick. There are no top 10 CB's this year,but at 14-15-16 it's a good pick. Take one of the 2nd round picks for a QB. The Ravens O-line was young last year and should be better this year.
Rich

United States

#7 Apr 16, 2008
HeyOz, you didn't lost a dear friend you simply made him a multi millionaire. Stop crying about that and get busy with what your job is. Or your next. Wake up - Billick was not a top head coach by any means and he never will be. Question is have you been lucky or are you good. We will see this year. It's put up or shut up time. Good luck we are all rooting for you. Your a quality man and we are proud to have you.
Jeff

Baltimore, MD

#8 Apr 16, 2008
One cornerback that nobody is talking about is Antoine Cason from Arizona. He is such a great corner with gamebreaking ability. If we don't take a corner in the first (which I don't think we are because in my opinion, I think Matt Ryan is going to fall to us and we are going to get him) I think we should get him in the second or third.

Since: Sep 07

Fallston, MD

#9 Apr 16, 2008
I wish to take a moment and thank Brian Billick for giving us this opportunity. Only through his ineptitude were we able to accomplish this draft position. Thanks Brian.
John

Gaithersburg, MD

#10 Apr 16, 2008
"The Ravens don't have a glaring hole in the starting lineup,...."...ah, quarterback...here's a news flash, the Ravens don't have a quarterback that will be starting (or perhaps even playing) in 3 years.
steeler nation

Cumberland, MD

#11 Apr 16, 2008
it doesn't matter who they draft they will still suck
Brian Billick SB Champ

Kansas City, MO

#12 Apr 16, 2008
RavenKen wrote:
I wish to take a moment and thank Brian Billick for giving us this opportunity. Only through his ineptitude were we able to accomplish this draft position. Thanks Brian.
so Brian fumbled all those balls? Threw all those interceptions? Got Injuried? Got toasted at cornerback? Brian did all those things? Yeah, thanks Brian!
eddie

Boca Raton, FL

#13 Apr 16, 2008
No glaring holes-- are you kidding me?-- how about offensive line- we have no stud receiver- we have no starting q- forget defensive-- with the new rules favoring an offensive these days - you can't win on D alone anymore.--Ozzie think offense --please -to fill our non glaring holes
jeffro

Fremont, NC

#14 Apr 16, 2008
I think they'll pick Brohm if they pick a QB. Another wasted pick on a future QB. The Ravens are the worst evaluators of QB talent in the league. If they pick a QB, you know it's a lemon pick. Whoever they recommend you just stay away from. Chris Redman?? Kyle Boller?? Tony Banks?? Elvis Gerbac?? Trent Dilfer?? That's crazy. They need a quarterback draft consultant.

Since: Nov 07

Baltimore, MD

#15 Apr 16, 2008
Brian Billick SB Champ wrote:
<quoted text>so Brian fumbled all those balls? Threw all those interceptions? Got Injuried? Got toasted at cornerback? Brian did all those things? Yeah, thanks Brian!
No. He simply refused to acknowledge that McNair was unable to play. His sole responsibility to make the proper determination. He chose to yank the reins of the offense away from Neuheisel, and blew at least three games as a result. His sole responsibility. He made the calls with regard to how much and how hard the Ravens trained and practiced. His sole responsibility. So even with all the injuries, the Ravens still could have had an 8-8 season. So definitely...thanks Bri for the 5-16 season and the improved draft spot.
sylvia

Boca Raton, FL

#16 Apr 16, 2008
I listen to our new coach Har-and I realize the media is excited about him-- but the special team coach has put together a coaching staff from teams without one 2007 winning record to help him in areas he knows little about-- like offense and defense--and now our cracked draft teams says we have no glaring holes? They must live in the same fantasy world of Billick who said for 10 years we don't have a Q problem--good liuck in the future.
Dave

Alexandria, VA

#17 Apr 16, 2008
What is the status of Jonathan Ogden? Is he retired or is he coming back? I have not heard anything as of late. If he has not retired, he holding the Ravens hostage. His salary will be counting against the cap which will be hard to sign any free agents and the draftees too.
jeremiah

Baltimore, MD

#18 Apr 16, 2008
Rich wrote:
HeyOz, you didn't lost a dear friend you simply made him a multi millionaire. Stop crying about that and get busy with what your job is. Or your next. Wake up - Billick was not a top head coach by any means and he never will be. Question is have you been lucky or are you good. We will see this year. It's put up or shut up time. Good luck we are all rooting for you. Your a quality man and we are proud to have you.
Oz will admit like in the video, that it is not so much that he is good, they have a good system and a lot of good scouts. They have been a bit unlucky recently with top picks getting injured or not being as good as the potential.

Most mock drafts I have seen have Ellis still available at 8. That would be my top player. He reminds me of John Randle, Tommie Harris or Kevin Williams. He has great leverage, strength and skills and should be a force as a 3rd down rusher as a rookie, and a regular pro bowler for years.

Since: Aug 07

Hampstead, MD

#19 Apr 16, 2008
Trade down. It's clear that there will be nobody available in the top ten who truly fills any of our many needs by the time we are on the board, so let's go for quantity as well as quality.

We picked the wrong year to suck.
Grant dover DE

AOL

#20 Apr 16, 2008
Most of the crictisizers posting here seem to forget or fail to realize unless it's a top DE whether CB, QB, or OL the ravens pick probably will play little but be groomed for the future although the CB or top OL could impress enough to start but the QB and/or will be groomed for future seasons.. Newsome has already said that and I completely agree.
jon dey

Saint John, Canada

#21 Apr 16, 2008
I know less now than when I read the article.

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