2012 NFL Mock Draft: Baltimore Ravens Select...

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 3: Brandon Boykin #2 of the Georgia Bulldogs defends a pass against Rueben Randle #2 of the LSU Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome on December 3, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
Representing the Baltimore Ravens, Ben S with the 29th pick in Arrowhead Pride's 2012 NFL mock draft...

Going into year four with the Ravens, things have been going quite well. After nailing last years pick (and not a top ten, mind you) the Ravens went on to win the Superbowl in my mind this past season, and are somehow now picking at 29. Needless to say, my job security is at an all time high. In fact, I expect the approval poll to be in the high hundreds.

Anyways, back to football.

So after nailing last years pick in the first round, thus solidifying the defense (in my mind, again), I've decided to go ahead and give the young man Flacco yet another treat to play with. As a person who has heard about all of Joe's "mis-givings" in the playoffs, I figure there really is only one thing to blame, which is of course the receivers. Much like Cassel (only better), Flacco simply cannot shoulder the blame for losing because is just doesn't make sense. That being said, players such as Anquan Boldin (or Antwan if your playing my buddy on Madden) are great players that do an excellent job as being great fall guys. Think the only thing Dwayne Bowe and Boldin have in common is their physical play?

Think again. In fact, doublethink.
And without further adieu, with the 29th pick in the draft, the Baltimore Ravens select Rueben Randle out of L.S.U.

Now speaking of Dwayne Bowe... wow! When I watch clips of Randle, I can't help but see the same player. And yes, I do understand they both played for L.S.U. With ideal size for a physical receiver, Randle will be able to step into the Ravens passing attack to go alongside Boldin to form what could possibly be one of the best groups of receivers in the NFL. Personally, I prefer to go with a little bit of speed (like Al Davis speed) when drafting a receiver, but I do have confidence in choosing size over speed considering how Dwayne Bowe turned out.

One of the positives about Randle is that he has been plagued by inconsistent QB play over his tenure at Louisiana, meaning that he has had to make a lot happen for himself, and is even more prepared than originally thought to shoulder all of Flacco's blame as well. One reason that Rueben is believed to have entered the draft is due to the poor passing game at his university. Randle is a bit of a risky pick in that sense, but I have extreme confidence that he will in fact turn out to be a game-changing receiver.

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Previously (with approval results)...

1. Indianapolis Colts - Baylor QB Robert Griffin III (42%)

2. Washington Redskins - Stanford QB Andrew Luck (72%)

3. Minnesota Vikings - USC OT Matt Kalil (89%)

4. Cleveland Browns - Alabama RB Trent Richardson (70%)

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - LSU CB Morris Claiborne (84%)

6. St. Louis Rams - Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon (91%)

7. Jacksonville Jaguars - Stanford G David DeCastro (33%)

8. Miami Dolphins - Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill (73%)

9. Carolina Panthers - South Carolina LB/DE Melvin Ingram (Forgot to do a poll)

10. Buffalo Bills - Stanford OT Jonathan Martin (73%)

11. Kansas City Chiefs - LSU DT Michael Brockers (35%)

12. Seattle Seahawks - Boston College LB Luke Kuechly (66%)

13. Arizona Cardinals - Iowa T Riley Reiff (88%)

14. Dallas Cowboys - North Carolina DE Quinton Coples (68%)

15. Philadelphia Eagles - Mississippi State DT Fletcher Cox (79%)

16. New York Jets - Alabama DE/LB Courtney Upshaw (83%)

17. Cincinnati Bengals - Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd (68%)

18. San Diego Chargers - Penn State DT Devon Still (42%)

19. Chicago Bears - Alabama CB Dre Kirkpatrick (51%)

20. Tennessee Titans - South Carolina CB Stephon Gilmore (63%)

21. Cincinnati Bengals - Georgia OL Cordy Glenn (64%)

22. Cleveland Browns - Arizona QB Nick Foles (21%)

23. Detroit Lions - Alabama S Mark Barron (67%)

24. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Memphis NT Dontari Poe (62%)

25. Denver Broncos -- Michigan State DT Jerel Worthy (64%)

26. Houston Texans -- Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill (68%)

27. New England Patriots - North Alabama CB Janoris Jenkins

28. Green Bay Packers - Illinois OLB/DE Whitney Mercilus

29. Baltimore Ravens - LSU WR Rueben Randle

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