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2011 Cincy Jungle Mock Draft - The Baltimore Ravens Select...

For the No. 26 pick in the second-annual Cincy Jungle Mock Draft, our very own Friar Bob selected for the Baltimore Ravens, who have the standard three picks. Here is the pick.....

With the No. 26 pick in the 2011 Cincy Jungle Mock Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select...

Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa

Last year the Ravens were fairly successful, contesting for the AFC-N crown until very late in the season, and giving the Steelers a run for their money again in the playoffs. Though they failed to get either the division title or a trip to the AFC Championship game, they still had a decent season that was rather respectable. But both their offense and defense were worse this year than last, and that's a trend that cannot be allowed to continue if they wish to unseat the Steelers in either the division or the conference. Nor was their drop confined to some tight subset of their game, as passing yards, rushing yards, and points per game were all lower on offense both in raw numbers and overall ranking in the NFL. On defense the reduction was fairly minor in both rushing yards and points per game, but there was still some lost ground, and passing defense was significantly worse. Oddly enough, many people predicted before the season that it would be, but for a completely different reason. Most of us expected their secondary to be garbage, yet while it was poor to start the year it got better as the year went on and appears to be no longer a source of "raw emergency", at least. It also managed to collect 16 Ints as well, which was at least decent if not elite. In contrast, however, they had only 27 sacks all year, tied with Cincinnati and Buffalo for one of the worst totals in the NFL (only Tampa, Jacksonville, and Denver were worse). Clearly, the defensive front seven is not getting enough pressure on the opposing quarterback, and this is likely a much bigger cause of the pass defense problems.

Injury played a very significant part in these stats, especially on offense. With Jared Gaither going down to injury before the season even started and Michael Oher struggling to convert to left tackle, the offensive line did suffer. Many pundits think that they should move Oher back to the right and draft a left-tackle, but Harbaugh is insistent that Oher is their LT. This could well be nothing more than a smokescreen, of course, but if it's not, then it's less likely they'll draft an OT in the first round, even if almost every Ravens fan seems to feel their most critical need is to improve their OL. And with the recent run on tackles I didn't see a candidate worthy of being drafted who wasn't at least some degree of a reach. They could also use a deep threat at WR, which Stallworth has spectacularly failed (so far at least) to provide, but again a prime target didn't seem to be available, and a later draft round (or free agency or a trade) could possibly provide this as well. Finally they really could use some improvement in the linebacker corps, for despite the presence of one of the best ILB's in the league they eventually do need to find his replacement (even if it may yet be a few years off... but then again it might not be), and they could also use some improvement to the OLB position as well. Yet once again there wasn't an available target that wasn't a significant reach (aside -- maybe -- from Martez Wilson, who was a redshirt Junior and also missed an entire year to a herniated disk injury, which leaves him too risky a pick), and this leaves us stymied here as well.

Lacking any obvious choice in the need department, I thus fell back on the BPA. The best player available, at least according to the charts I consulted, was Adrian Clayborn. He was rated as a good pass rusher by both CBSSports and National Football Post, and while neither felt he was a superstar in the making he appears to be a potential contributor for many years. And since so many teams preach BPA, I decided to just give him to them and let the coaches figure out some way to use him effectively.

Adrian Clayborn Highlights:

Draft Overview:

# Team Picked By Name/Positon of Pick
1 Carolina James Shively Nick Fairley / DT
2 Denver sexsalad Patrick Peterson / CB
3 Buffalo Elguapo09 Von Miller / OLB
4 Cincinnati Jason Garrison +2 A.J. Green / WR
5 Arizona Broski Da'Quan Bowers / DE
6 Cleveland Joe Goodberry Marcell Dareus / DL
7 San Francisco Heybrown Prince Amukamara / CB
8 Tennessee Oxalis Cam Newton / QB
9 Dallas Jim0ijk Robert Quinn / DE
10 Washington Pardon_My_French Blaine Gabbert / QB
11 Houston Joe27 Julio Jones / WR
12 Minnesota CarsonOrBust Tyron Smith / OL
13 Detroit The_Black_Stripes Cameron Jordan / DL
14 St. Louis Jaegner Aldon Smith / DE
15 Miami JaredM Mark Ingram / RB
16 Jacksonville Whodatchemsit JJ Watt / DE
17 New England (from Oakland / Seymour) UpStateMike Anthony Castonzo / OT
18 San Diego Quickslant Mike Pouncey / OG
19 New York Giants TheDealio Akeem Ayers / OLB
20 Tampa Bay Doc Scratch Ryan Kerrigan / DE
21 Kansas City Indesignkat Corey Liuget / DT
22 Indianapolis Ddbumpus Nate Solder / OT
23 Philadelphia Buckeyenut12 Gabe Carimi / OT
24 New Orleans FriarBob Cameron Heyward / DE
25 Seattle IgnatiusJReilly Jake Locker/ QB
26 Baltimore FriarBob Adrian Clayborn/ DE
27 Atlanta TruWhoDey
28 New England UpStateMike
29 Chicago Bsmith4256
30 New York Jets Polo_614
31 Pittsburgh Jason Garrison
32 Green Bay Sean Weaver
33 New England (from Carolina / Armanti Edwards) UpStateMike
34 Buffalo Elguapo09
35 Cincinnati Jason Garrison +2
36 Denver sexsalad
37 Cleveland Jason Garrison
38 Arizona Broski
39 Tennessee Oxalis
40 Dallas Jim0ijk
41 Washington Pardon_My_French
42 Houston Joe27
43 Minnesota CarsonOrBust
44 Detroit The_Black_Stripes
45 San Francisco Heybrown
46 Denver (from Miami / Brandon Marshall) sexsalad
47 St. Louis Jaegner
48 Oakland NoodleXV
49 Jacksonville Whodatchemsit
50 San Diego Quickslant
51 Tampa Bay Doc Scratch
52 New York Giants TheDealio
53 Indianapolis Ddbumpus
54 Philadelphia Buckeyenut12
55 Kansas City Indesignkat
56 New Orleans FriarBob
57 Seattle IgnatiusJReilly
58 Baltimore Joe Goodberry
59 Atlanta TruWhoDey
60 New England UpStateMike
61 San Diego (from NYJets / Antonio Cromartie) Quickslant
62 Chicago Bsmith4256
63 Pittsburgh FriarBob
64 Green Bay Sean Weaver
65 Carolina James Shively
66 Cincinnati Jason Garrison +2
67 Denver sexsalad
68 Buffalo Elguapo09
69 Arizona Broski
70 Cleveland FriarBob
71 Dallas Jim0ijk
72 New Orleans (from Washington / Jammal Brown) FriarBob
73 Houston Joe27
74 New England (from Minnesota / Randy Moss) UpStateMike
75 Detroit The_Black_Stripes
76 San Francisco Heybrown
77 Tennessee Oxalis
78 St. Louis Jaegner
79 Miami JaredM
80 Jacksonville Whodatchemsit
81 Oakland NoodleXV
82 San Diego Quickslant
83 New York Giants TheDealio
84 Tampa Bay Doc Scratch
85 Philadelphia Buckeyenut12
86 Kansas City Indesignkat
87 Indianapolis Ddbumpus
88 New Orleans FriarBob
89 San Diego (from Seattle / Charlie Whitehurst) Quickslant
90 Baltimore Jason Garrison
91 Atlanta TruWhoDey
92 New England UpStateMike
93 Chicago Bsmith4256
94 New York Jets Polo_614
95 Pittsburgh Joe Goodberry
96 Green Bay Sean Weaver
97 (possible compensatory)

98 (possible compensatory)

99 (possible compensatory)

100 (possible compensatory)