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)
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|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|