The Baltimore Ravens front office led by Ozzie Newsome, continues to impress with their NFL Draft strategy and player personnel moves. Baltimore did not have a first round draft pick and with their 11th pick in the second round of the NFL Draft, Baltimore snatched up Sergio Kindle, one of the best defensive end available in the draft.
Baltimore’s focus for this draft was to build up the defensive line prospects and also work on the offensive line with big tight ends in the third and fourth round and an offensive tackle for their last pick. Although we all love to judge teams NFL Drafts immediately after the draft, the proof is in the pudding five years later.
Baltimore Ravens first NFL Draft pick and 43rd overall Sergio Kindle.
Sergio Kindle, a powerful defensive end from Texas, fell down the NFL Draft boards due to injury concerns but Baltimore landed him with the 43rd overall pick is a huge steal in the second round. Kindle will have to prove he can stay healthy and adjust to the speed jump in the NFL. Kindle will most likely be a back up and spell the defensive line late in games in his first NFL season.
Baltimore Ravens second NFL Draft pick and 57th overall Terrence Cody.
Terrence Cody, a defensive tackle out of Alabama, is another quality addition to add to Baltimore’s depth. Cody will be Haloti Ngata’s under study in his first season and will also see action late in games. The addition of youth to the Baltimore defensive line, is a direct result of Baltimore’s line fading at the end of games late in the NFL season. Cody will play in every game sparingly in his first NFL season.
Baltimore Ravens third NFL Draft pick and 70th overall Ed Dickson.
Ed Dickson, a tight end hailing from Oregon, will give Baltimore added depth in the tight end department. Baltimore is wasting no time in preparing for Todd Heap’s eventual decline. Dickson is an athletic tight end with some blocking skills and exceptional hands. Dickson will see playing in the 2010 NFL season.
Baltimore Ravens fourth NFL Draft pick and 114th overall Dennis Pitta.
Dennis Pitta, solid tight end from BYU, is a great blocking tight end with great hands who loves to punish the defenders after the catch. Baltimore is playing with the idea of making Pitta an H back but he will more likely see time on special teams. Pitta will play on special teams and Baltimore will try to work him into the offense as a weapon for Joe Flacco.
Baltimore Ravens fifth NFL Draft pick and 156th overall David Reed.
David Reed, is a wide receiver out of Utah and the second Mountain West player drafted by Baltimore. Reed is a great pick up for a 156th pick in the NFL Draft. Reed is receiver that won’t have the fastest 40 but he can run a deceptively fast route. Reed should earn a job as a number four receiver in some formations and a slot receiver in other in his first NFL season.
Baltimore Ravens sixth NFL Draft pick and 157th overall Art Jones.
David Jones, is the third defensive tackle chosen by Baltimore in the draft. Jones comes out of Syracuse and the Big East and was known as good run stopper for Syracuse. Jones plummeted down NFL Draft boards due to injury worries and some concerns over his work ethic. The work ethic issue could be directly related to injury problems. Jones will be a project for Baltimore and may see some action in the second half of his first NFL season.
Baltimore Ravens seventh and final NFL Draft pick and 194th overall Ramon Harewood.
Ramon Harewood, an offensive tackle from Morehouse, is a great pick at the tail end of the draft for Baltimore. He has talent and is a bit of an unknown but that is the perfect draft pick late in the NFL Draft. If he doesn’t make the team it is not devastating if he doesn’t pan out. Look for Harewood to either make the team or be asked to stay on the practice squad.
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