BALTIMORE (CBS) — The Baltimore Ravens, with Ozzie Newsome behind the wheel, have had quite a few drafts over the years that have made the front-deskers look like geniuses. Ozzie always says that their policy is “best available player.” But that doesn’t always appear to be the case, or even make sense when you have very specific holes to fill. But, nonetheless he continuously gets the job done to the tune of 2 Lombardi’s in 17 years, with very few misfires or mulligans.

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Going all the way back to the Ravens first ever draft day when they picked up HOFer LT Jonathan Ogden and recently retired, future HOFer MLB Ray Lewis. Not only have the Ravens excelled at picking rookies from the massive pool of young athletes but they have waited patiently and plucked up a few incredible undrafted free agents once the weekend was over or in the fall (namely Priest Holmes, Bart Scott, and current kicker Justin Tucker).

Which way will Ozzie & Company  go in the NFL 2013 Draft?
(NFL Draft: Thurs. 4/25 – Sat. 4/27) Don’t miss the Vinny & Rob Draft Special w/Jerry Coleman reporting from Castle Live Thursday April 25th at & 7:15pm on 105.7 The FAN

It’s anybody’s guess, but here’s what some of 105.7 The FAN’s  hosts think about some specific players & the Ravens’ possible draft strategy:

“With 12 picks in 7 rounds Ozzie has flexibility to work a deep draft board. I’m not sure what he’ll do but I expect a handful of players selected this week will impact the Ravens future. Ozzie only had 4 picks in 1999 and scored Chris McAlister in the first round and Brandon Stokley and Ed Mulitalo in the 4th. Give him 12 picks and sit back and trust the Wizard of Oz!” Scott Garceau

“The Ravens are as good as it gets when it comes to draft strategy. It’s not luck they get it right more often than not. Watching the draft unfold will be interesting as the best crop of players sits between draft slots 15-45. If the Ravens don’t get a guy like Manti T’eo to fall to them or trade up to get him, look for LB Kevin Minter from LSU to end up in purple next season in the Charm City.” Mark Zinno

“Jonathan Cyprien is a 6’0” Safety from Florida International who has the ability to shut down centerfield.  Cyprien is an extremely smart & hard-hitting player that fits the needs that the Ravens have with the departure of Ed Reed.” Vinny Cerrato

There are  many factors that go into picking a player to fill a hole on your team. The NFL Combine gives the coaches a look at how the potential rookies stack up in categories like speed and agility but the coaches still have to sit and watch endless game tape to see how they perform IN game. There are other factors that go into how a team chooses who they think is right for them, such as off field behavior issues (which we are seeing right now with Rolando McClain, a free-agent acquisition by the Ravens who once considered drafting the ILB out of Alabama back in 2010).

Here’s what Haynie & Coleman think:

“The Ravens needs in the draft have been well documented. Left tackle, safety and inside linebacker have to be addressed. I’m assuming they will. Look for Baltimore to draft keepers, as well. Remember, seven of the Ravens eight picks in 2012 played for them last season. The one who didn’t, WR Tommy Streeter, was on IR.” Bob Haynie

“The Ravens without tipping their hat too much, admit they will select a safety at some point. They also need to address the Left side of the offensive line and a wide receiver b/c the corps they have on their roster is limited. With 12 picks – and perhaps more pending a deal, history dictates they will do fine. Not to mention finding a “gem” or 2 as an undrafted free agent (see James Harrison, Priest Holmes and Bart Scott.)”  Jerry Coleman


Perhaps, one day computers & stats will totally take over for scouts, game tape & the gut feelings of experienced GMs & resident experts.  That is where comes into play. Their computers take in stats and plug them into complex math equations to spit out the line-up.

I know what you’re thinking, what does a computer know about football? And how does that even work?  This is how comes up with their Mock Draft:

To come up with statistical inputs for rookies, we run a very complex set of algorithms that factor college stats, previous utilization and strength of competition, combine measurables, role and expected utilization of the player’s NFL team (in this case an average NFL team) and previous performance of similar rookies at that position in general. This allows us to predict both the player’s projected ratio stats such as yards-per-carry, percentage of tackles made while on the field and passing completion percentage, as well as his forecasted usage for the upcoming NFL season. Then we can compare all rookies based on who we think will make the biggest positive impact in his first year. It’s a system that we have applied to the previous three drafts and with great success.

So after plugging everything into their computers, Prediction Machine’s NFL Draft expert Matt Richner and general manager Paul Bessire released all seven rounds of their “objective” mock draft.

Here is the first round of the NFL draft, per the computations of

1 Kansas City Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M
2 Jacksonville Damontre Moore DE Texas A&M
3 Oakland Sharrif Floyd DT Florida
4 Philadelphia Chance Warmack OG Alabama
5 Detroit Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan
6 Cleveland Xavier Rhodes CB Florida State
7 Arizona Lane Johnson OT Oklahoma
8 Buffalo Jonathan Cooper OG UNC
9 New York Jets Jarvis Jones RUSH Georgia
10 Tennessee Bjoern Werner DE Florida State
11 San Diego DJ Fluker OT Alabama
12 Miami Star Lotulelei DT Utah
13 New York Jets Johnthan Banks CB Mississippi State
14 Carolina Tavon Austin WR West Virginia
15 New Orleans Johnathan Hankins DT Ohio State
16 St. Louis Phillip Thomas S Fresno State
17 Pittsburgh Matt Elam S Florida
18 Dallas Kawann Short DT Purdue
19 New York Giants Alec Ogletree ILB Georgia
20 Chicago Zach Ertz TE Stanford
21 Cincinnati Giovani Bernard RB UNC
22 St. Louis Terrance Williams WR Baylor
23 Minnesota Manti Te’o ILB Notre Dame
24 Indianapolis Dee Milliner CB Alabama
25 Minnesota Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri
26 Green Bay Barrett Jones C Alabama
27 Houston Sio Moore OLB UConn
28 Denver Cornelius Carradine DE Florida State
29 New England Terry Hawthorne CB Illinois
30 Atlanta Alex Okafor DE Texas
31 San Francisco DJ Hayden CB Houston
32 Baltimore Khaseem Greene ILB Rutgers

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