Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Will Gresham be the Ravens pick?

Baltimore Ravens News & Blogs by Tony Lombardi of
Some have speculated that the name on the Ravens’ draft card that is delivered to Roger Goodell at the podium in Radio City Music Hall on April 22 will be Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham. The pick makes sense but despite the team’s screaming need for depth at the position the bet here is that the Ravens will look beyond Gresham even if he’s still on the board.

The 2010 draft is relatively rich with tight end draft candidates and given the team’s needs coupled with limited picks (five) they may opt to see who might be available with their second pick. Or they could possibly even grab a tight end in the third round should Ozzie Newsome manage to move back in the draft and pick up via trade the third round pick they sacrificed in the Anquan Boldin trade.

Here are a few things to keep in mind about the tight end position:

Generally speaking tight ends much like safeties and guards are somewhat undervalued. Those selected early in the draft (Rounds 1-2) are usually the best receiving tight ends; those in the middle rounds are often balanced providing competency as both a receiver and blocker but not great in either category; tight ends chosen at the back end of the draft are often good blockers who require development as receivers.

Yesterday following the annual Pre-Draft Luncheon, Eric DeCosta was questioned about the position of tight end. Now granted answers during these luncheons are often served up as red herrings to disguise the team’s real intent. That said DeCosta was quick to point out that Pro Bowl tight ends Jason Witten and Chris Cooley were both third round picks.

Could that be an indication that the Ravens might be more interested in draft eligible tight ends like Arizona’s Rob Gronkowski , Miami’s Aaron Hernandez or even Oregon Ed Dickson?

I’m thinking yes.


Anonymous said...

you can't believe DeCosta when he talks. The man has perfected the art of lying.

Anonymous said...

All I know is..... we better draft HEAVY for our Defense. That is all. Anything else will result in Failure. LET'S GO OZZIE!!!!

Anonymous said...

Every year, I listen very carefully to what is said at the annual Liars Luncheon. The one thing that I have always noticed is that the Ravens never, ever comment about any player they are seriously interested in. Think about it. Do you remember DeCosta ever mention Michael Oher, or Joe Flacco or Ben Grubbs? Never.

Therefore, the Ravens will select someone who you don't expect they will ever take or someone who was not even mentioned at the Liars' lunchoen.

3rdStoneFromTheSun said...

interesting pick, since Heap is aging

still think CB is the way to go in the 1st

Baltimore Ravens Jerseys said...

Let's just have to wait what they can actually show during the game. They do have their own choice and apart from that, we don't know who they have in mind. Hopefully they'll be able to make wise decisions.