Late Round Ravens Draft Picks…

The later round Ravens draft pick story is more about quantity than quality in 2013.

Still, there are some value guys in there…

General Manager Ozzie Newsome thought long and hard about whether there were any areas of the draft that were left unsatisfied when asked by Ravens.com reporter Ryan Mink:

“Maybe [getting] a tight end,” he finally said.

Newsome, Assistant General Manager Eric DeCosta, Director of College Scouting Joe Hortiz and Head Coach John Harbaugh all expressed their pleasure with this year’s 10-player crop.

“We feel very, very good about what we’ve added to our football team for the 2013 season,” Newsome said.

The Ravens addressed just about every area of need. They got a safety, inside linebacker, defensive lineman, outside linebacker, fullback, offensive tackle/guard, defensive end, center, wide receiver and cornerback.

And DeCosta said they even did it by taking the top-rated player on their board at the time with nearly every pick.

They wanted to fortify the middle of their defense and did so in strong fashion with their first three picks of safety Matt Elam, inside linebacker Arthur Brown and defensive tackle Brandon Williams.

Then they went to work with what they had left…

They wanted to simply add more athletic, high-character, tough players who love to play football. Most of these guys won't be around come September, but at least they get a shot to impress.

Here's the rest of the best:

Defensive end John Simon, whom Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer frequently referred to as the “heart and soul” of the Buckeyes and somebody he would want to name his kid after….






John Simon, DE, Ohio State….

Harvard fullback Kyle Juszczyk, a Swiss army knife of sorts who can play all over the offense and could shine on special teams, also in the fourth round….






Kyle Juszczyk, FB, Harvard…

Offensive tackle Ricky Wagner (Round 5) and center Ryan Jensen (Round 6), are young linemen whom the Ravens feel their offensive line coaches, including Juan Castillo, can develop…






Ricky Wagner, OT, Wisconsin…






Ryan Jensen, C, Colorado State-Pueblo

Defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore (Round 6) is a strong pick for the future who will have to heal from a knee injury, but has a chance to develop into a strong player.






Kapron Lewis-Moore, DE, Notre Dame…

Wide receiver Aaron Mellette (Round 7) may not be Anquan Boldin’s automatic replacement, but he’s a big-bodied, fast and productive wideout. And the Ravens feel they can never have too many corners, so they picked Marc Anthony with their final pick of the draft…






Aaron Mellette, WR,  Elon University…






Marc Anthony, CB, California…

“In our minds, it has been a very productive three days. We like all of the guys that we have brought into this class,” Newsome said.

“It’s a great day,” DeCosta added.

The Ravens feel they have refined their drafting process in the Head Coach John Harbaugh era. Newsome, DeCosta and Hortiz have been doing it for more than a decade, but Harbaugh has put his stamp on the process as well.

“I think the biggest thing is I think we have a great understanding of the type of football players John wants in his locker room, that he and his coaching staff want to work with,” Newsome said. “I think when we come together, the four of us, with all those things in mind, are able to put together a draft class as we have done over the past three days that we feel very good about.” 

UPDATE—-Here are some of the UDFA's the Ravens have signed in the hours after the Draft—  The Baltimore Ravens signed undrafted free agents LB Brandon Copeland (Pennsylvania), TE Matt Furstenburg (Maryland), OL Roger Gaines (Tennessee State), RB Ray Holley (Louisiana Tech), TE Murphy Holloway (Mississippi), WR Gerrard Shepard (Towson), QB Trent Steelman (Army) and DB Brynden Trawick (Troy) Saturday, April 27. Share: | Source: The Baltimore Sun – Aaron Wilson—– Read more: http://www.kffl.com/…s#ixzz2Rj2LmWfw Just thought you might like to know.


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