And with the #26 Pick in the Arrowhead Pride Community Mock Draft, the Baltimore Ravens Select...

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                         Wake Forest CB Alphonso Smith

Ben S with the pick...

Acting in my second year as the GM for the Ravens, I feel as though they have bloomed.

That being said, I could not be happier with this pick. Ozzie Newsome has has drafted some of the best defensive talent in career that includes players like Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Haloti Ngata. Heck, the guy gave Priest Holmes his shot in the NFL :)

Alphonso Smith is a playmaker who loves to tackle but is hawk to the ball. He looks fluid in coverage, but is not afraid to get dirty and lay a big hit if possible. His forty isn't the greatest, but the guy plays a lot faster than that on the field. Another knock on him is that he is only 5'9'' but personally I believe his play accounts for small size.

I see Smith stepping in to a starting roll in the Ravens and have a classic "Raven Rookie" explosion out of him, muck like Haloti Ngata and Ray Lewis did. Just watching him makes me think of a typical Raven player, I can already imagine the Ed Reed lateral for a touchdown.

As for the Ravens outlook for the coming season, I believe that things are looking good. They have a new QB in Joe Flacco who looks like he's going to be pretty good. Willis McGahee is starting to have some injury problems, but ray rice looks like he was a great pickup in last years draft as well. The o-line is looking good with players like Jared Gaither and Ben Grubbs just coming in to their prime, and the Baltimore receiving corp is showing signs of hope. Possibly a break out year from Yamon Figurs? Personally, I don't see it, but it wouldn't be a bad thing.

As for the Baltimore D, I bet the Purple Haze (my friend has always called their defense that, and must admit that I agree they deserve a name as well, much like the "Monsters of the Midway") explode once again with draft surprise Alphonso Smith being a vital part. Ray Lewis is going to come back and preform, much like I see Tony G doing the same for us. They are both professional players and for some reason continue to produce despite getting older (you should fantasy draft both this year, IMO). The Ravens will be hardcore once again despite losing Rex Ryan and will field one of the best defenses in the NFL...again.

My prediction is an AFC loss to the Chiefs on Kansas City's win in the Super Bowl against the Atlanta Falcons. :)

After losing to the Chiefs, they call me up and give me a job.

Previous pick: LB Brian Cushing

Read more: Scouting Report (Mocking the Draft)

On the clock: Indianapolis Colts (craig in calgary)

Click over for the schedule and current draft results.

Pick Round 1 Selection Date Community Approval
1 Detroit Lions - UCrawford LB Aaron Curry Weds. March 10th Forgot to do a poll
2 St. Louis Rams - Lanier63 OT Jason Smith Monday, March 16th 67%
3 Kansas City Chiefs - TonyG88 OT Eugene Monroe Monday, March 16th 56%
4 Seattle Seahawks - mikvogel DT B.J. Raji Tuesday, March 17th 46%
5 Cleveland Browns - HIV2Elway WR Michael Crabtree Tuesday, March 17th 37%
6 Cincinnati Bengals - mistamic OT Andre Smith Weds., March 18th 43%
7 Oakland Raiders - mushin WR Jeremy Maclin Weds., March 18th 38%
8 Jacksonville Jaguars - DThomasReigns WR Percy Harvin Thursday, March 19th 29%
9 Green Bay Packers - JasonM DE/OLB Everette Brown
Thursday, March 19th 68%
10 San Francisco 49ers - Harry Feltersnatch QB Matt Stafford Friday, March 20th 61%
11 Buffalo Bills - ArrowDread LB Rey Maualuga Friday, March 20th 50%
12 Denver Broncos - Keyser Sose DE Brian Orakpo Monday, March 23rd 58%
13 Washington Redskins - Official Arrowhead Pride Parade T Michael Oher Monday, March 23rd 64%
14 New Orleans Saints - cmpotter CB Vontae Davis Tuesday, March 24th 46%
15 Houston Texans - ChiefsDude CB Malcolm Jenkins Tuesday, March 24th 61%
16 San Diego Chargers - Helmets DE Tyson Jackson Weds., March 25th 58%
17 New York Jets - NJChief QB Mark Sanchez Weds., March 25th 77%
18 Chicago Bears - Holmeslice QB Josh Freeman Thursday, March 26th 28%
19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers - madtheory DT Peria Jerry Thursday, March 26th 45%
20 Detroit Lions (from Dallas) - UCrawford DE Aaron Maybin
Friday, March 27th 54%
21 Philadelphia Eagles - Chiefsfan717 TE Brandon Pettigrew Friday, March 27th 60%
22 Minnesota Vikings - kcsno56 WR Hakeem Nicks Monday, March 30th
23 New England Patriots - connerman RB Chris Wells Monday, March 30th
24 Atlanta Falcons - RedNose LB Clay Matthews Tuesday, March 31st
25 Miami Dolphins - shraggyj LB Brian Cushing Tuesday, March 31st
26 Baltimore Ravens - Ben S CB Alphonso Smith
Weds., April 1st
27 Indianapolis Colts - craig in calgary
Weds., April 1st
28 Philadelphia Eagles (from Carolina) - Chiefsfan717
Thursday, April 2nd
29 New York Giants - ChiefsFan90s
Thursday, April 2nd
30 Tennessee Titans - Lvl.99
Friday, April 3rd
31 Arizona Cardinals - THE_TRUTH
Friday, April 3rd
32 Pittsburgh Steelers - McWhirt33
Monday, April 6th

 

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