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.
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?
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.
9. Carolina Panthers - South Carolina LB/DE Melvin Ingram (Forgot to do a poll)
29. Baltimore Ravens - LSU WR Rueben Randle