Originally Posted by Brown Leader
I went thru a few changes with these picks and could have sworn I had an ILB in there somewhere. Although I do think McClain & McClellan are underrated. Hard to say just how much of a late riser Watson is to NFL clubs. But it does seem like he's a lock first rounder.
32. Baltimore Ravens - Kevin Reddick /ILB/ North Carolina:
Solid but unspectacular inside LB does a little bit of everything.
Watson still doesn't fit the profile of the typical first pick for the Ravens. Ozzie always likes to get an established guy first. Looking back the only exception to that theme might be Flacco. And even that's a stretch.
McClain is coming off of a spinal cord injury and he's honestly not that good. I think he's going to start if healthy but I'm not expecting much. McClellan plays the SAM LB position. He's pretty good in that role and I don't expect him to play any ILB from here on out. They didn't even use him there when Lewis, McClain, and Ellerbe were out with injuries. EDIT - Apparently Harbaugh said that McClellan was going to exclusively be playing ILB going forward so disregard what I typed before lol. Even still I think ILB is just as big of a need. The Ravens have 3 young(ish) guys that can play there in McClain, McClellan, and Bynes but all of them are more in the thumper mold that needs a rangy counterpart.
Reddick isn't the type of ILB the Ravens should be looking for to play next to McClain. Reddick is more of a thumper type which is the only role that McClain can have any kind of success in so a player that's fits more of a WILL role (that's even what the Ravens refer to the position as) would be better. At that point there isn't really anybody (good) left that fits that description though.