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May 9, 2007

Baltimore Ravens Draft

Filed under: NFL — Bill @ 1:53 pm

Let’s talk Ravens for a minute…
Do you remember when the Ravens last played? It was a playoff loss to Indy. I bitched about their inability to run over Indy’s small O-line, which they should have been able to do. Apparently so did their coaching staff, so they went out and got players to help accomplish that in the draft.

Rnd. 1, pick #29 was Ben Grubbs, a power blocking guard from Auburn (another S.E.C. guy). Big Ben (no relation to the other Big Ben who QB’s for Pittsburgh) will open holes for the new RB Willis McGahee. Gone is the slow plodder J. Lewis, enter the younger, more nimble McGahee.

The Raven also added another O-lineman Marshal Yanda, who will add depth and be given a chance to start.

Hall of Famer Jonathan Ogden just announced he will return for another season, so the Raven offensive line should be better in ’07.

To further help the ground attack the Ravens selected FB Le’Ron McClain out of ‘Bama (yet again another S.E.C. guy). They hope McClain will be a starter.

With no 2nd round pick the Ravens selected Yamon Figurs, a blazing fast WR in round 3. Figurs’s immediate impact will be on special teams returning punts * kickoffs.

The Ravens also selected two LB’s that I don’t know much about. Most interesting was pick #174 in the 5th round, QB from Ohio St. Troy Smith.

Just like his counterpart in the National Championship Game Chris Leak (QB of the Florida Gators), Troy Smith is thought to be too small to be an NFL QB. He is 6’ even and a solid 225 lbs., he doesn’t have a great arm but it isn’t bad either. What I like about Troy Smith is that he improved every season, and is a natural leader of men. He will likely be given the #3 QB job, and given Kyle Boller’s unimpressive play, Troy Smith could be one injury away from the Ravens starting QB.

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