Birds Scoop Mock Draft- Pick 26 Baltimore Ravens

John Harbaugh and the Baltimore Ravens have the 26th pick in the draft.  The Ravens incredibly made the playoffs last year even after the whole Ray Rice fiasco was a distraction most of the year.  They were defeated by the eventual Super Bowl champ Patriots in the divisional round.  General manager Ozzie Newsome was relatively quiet during the free agency period and most of the offseason.  Wide receiver Torrey Smith left the team and signed with the 49ers.  Veteran defensive tackle and anchor Haloti Ngata was traded to the Lions as well for draft picks.  Justin Forsett was resigned to start at running back, but we’ll see hope he fairs after the departure of offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak to Denver.  Marc Trestman was brought in to coach the offense as Kubiak’s replacement.  This will be an adjustment for franchise quarterback Joe Flacco and the entire offense as a whole.  My fellow blogger is a huge Marc Trestman fan so feel free to mention that to him whenever you feel necessary.  The Ravens also traded a 5th round pick this year to Tampa for center/guard Jeremy Zuttah.  Tight end Dennis Pitta will look to return once again from a debilitating hip injury.  Owen Daniels followed Kubiak to Denver in the offseason as well.  Terrell Suggs is the lone member left of the dominant Ravens defenses featured in this past decade.  Hacksaw will be entering his 13th year in Ravens purple.   The linebacker position is the strength of the Ravens with Darryl Smith, CJ Mosely, Courtney Upshaw and Suggs.  The secondary has been on the declined since safety Ed Reed left and especially last year the Ravens mixed and matched a lot due to injuries.  Jimmy Smith and Ladarius Webb make for a decent tandem at corner though.  John Harbaugh always has the Ravens in contention and I expect this year to be no different.  With the 26th pick in the 2015 Birds Scoop Mock Draft the Baltimore Ravens select…

Devin Smith- Wide Receiver (Ohio State)

Smith is a speed wide receiver with instant burst right off the line of scrimmage.  He has an effortless stride which allows him to glide down the field making big plays.  He averaged 28.2 yards per catch in 2014.  Smith was used both inside in the slot and on the outside in Urban Meyer’s Ohio State offense.  His speed threat creates huge openings for him on underneath routes along with his teammates by him drawing another safety over top.  Another attribute worth noting is Smith was an excellent gunner on special teams as well.  Not quite sure if Harbaugh wants his rookie wide receiver running down on special teams, but its worth mentioning.  On the downside, however, Smith doesn’t have the best hands in the draft and allows too many passes into his body which most deep threats have a tendency to do.  Smith will need to combine his speed with running other routes since NFL defense are more likely to game plan for one style of play.  His strength and overall physicality will need to improve as well especially dealing with more physical corners than the Big 10 has to offer.  The Ravens often are one of the most balanced teams in football on offense so Smith will need to significantly improve his run blocking as well to increase his number of snaps as the season progresses.  Joe Flacco might be the perfect quarterback for Devin Smith to team up with.  Anybody who has seen Flacco play knows how well he throws the deep ball and the utter strength of his arm.  Smith would replace Torrey Smith as the deep threat in the Ravens offense that Flacco loves to utilize.  Devin teaming with another Smith, Steve Sr., could be a great learning experience for the talented Buckeye.

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