Bunch of Dudes Get New Jobs (NFL Draft)
I’ll cop to not being much of a draft expert. I pay good money (not really) to have a Draft Guru on staff, and I think we’d all be more comfortable if he was handling the Draft Thread. Alas, Kiper hired him on as a Special Consultant and he is no longer available.
For what it’s worth, here’s how I see the Ravens‘ day going:
They would like to get Matt Ryan in the first round, but he’s not going to slip past the Falcons, the Chiefs, and the Jets. Ozzie won’t mortgage the rest of the draft just to get Ryan, so they’ll pick “best available” at #8. There’s an outside chance that ends up being Vernon Gholston, which would satisfy everyone, but I think it’ll be Sedrick Ellis. Either way they’ll be fine.
There’s also a chance that they trade out of #8 and stockpile picks, but I’m not sure I see that happening.
The QB need will be filled in the second round, where the Ravens will hope and pray that Delaware‘s Joe Flacco is still available. Failing that they’ll look for Michigan‘s Chad Henne. I think Brian Brohm‘s stock has dropped a little, so I don’t think they’ll look his way unless the other two are gone.
I also think we’ll see the ‘Skins try pretty hard to move their first-round pick in exchange for a talented, game-ready wideout. I’ve heard Roy Williams‘ name tossed around. Don’t be surprised if the ‘Skins end up being major players today.
But, like I said, what do I know?
I’d like to see everyone else’s predictions in the comments. Also, consider this the “as it goes” open thread for all picks today and tomorrow.