With Brandon Marshall receiving a 1st round tender and Malcolm Floyd and Vincent Jackson receiving 1st and 3rd round tenders, it's unlikely either of those WR's will be in Baltimore next year.
How ever, if Houston put's a 3rd round tender on Kevin Walter, what would you guys think the Raven's should do?
He's a big physical guy who's GREAT working the middle of the field and has great hands. He would give Flacco a sure-handed WR to work the middle, kinda like a big Wes Welker.
He'd probably cost a 3rd round choice, and we all know Ozzie and DeCosta love their draft picks, but I think it's an interesting idea. According to PFT, Raven's are somewhat interested in Walter - http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...ard-at-walter/
Would he be worth a 3rd rounder? IMO, I'd be pissed, but it would grow on me.
Here's my 2nd off-season prediction.
Free Agency -
-Sign Donte Stallworth
-Give a 3rd rounder for Kevin Walter.
-Let go of Demetrius Williams, Frank Walker, Tony Moll, Adam Terry, Justin Bannan, and L.J. Smith(worst pickup ever?)
Kelley Washington, Le'Ron McClain, Mark Clayton, Derrick Mason, Sam Koch, Billy Cundiff, Jared Gaither,, Chris Chester, Marshall Yanda, Fabian Washington, Antwan Barnes and Dawan Landry are all retianed.
1st - Brandon Graham
- OLB/DE - Michigan - Last year everyone thought that the Ravens #1a and 1b needs were receiver and corner, but they ended up taking a Tackle, which was considered a "lesser need" This year everyone assumes the same, but Harbaugh has said in many press conferences that they want to upgrade the pass rush this offseason. I don't see it happening in FA but I can see them taking someone like Brandon Graham. He's small, but so is Elvis Dumervil and LaMar Woodley so I don't think height is concerned. He's a great tackler, great against the run and I'm sure under our coaching staff, he'll become a great pass rusher as well.
2nd - Mardy Gilyard
- WR - Cincinnati - If the Raven's keep Mason, Clayton and Washington as well as sign Donte Stallworth and give up a 3rd for Kevin Walter, they still wouldn't have an "explosive" receiver, someone like DeSean Jackson or Percy Harvin. Gilyard gives them just that, and he's a great returner and Harbaugh loves guys that can contribute on special teams.
3rd - Kevin Walter
- If the Raven's do forfeit a 3rd rounder to Houston for Walter, I would be somewhat pissed but I do like what Walter brings to our offense. (imagine what Kelley Washington did last year..x5) He's a big possession WR that can work the middle of the field and has great hands. At 6-3, I'd feel a lot better if Flacco was throwing deep balls to him and the 6-1 Stallworth rather than the 5-10 Mason and Clayton.
4th - Eric Olsen
- C - Norte Dame - Matt Birk is eventually gonna need a replacement. I know the Raven's have Chris Chester but he's played well at guard (switching with Yanda) and IMO he should be a last resort at Center. Olsen could develop for a year under Birk and once Birk's contract is up, Olsen could take over. He's got nice size at 6-4 303, he'd match up well with all the fatties in the division - Casey Hampton, Shaun Rogers and Domata Peko.
I'm too lazy to finish and do 5th - 7th.
Depth Chart -
QB - Joe Flacco - Troy Smith - John Beck
RB - Ray Rice - Willis McGahee - Jalen Parmele
FB - Le'Ron McClain
WR 1 - Derrick Mason - Mark Clayton
WR 2- Kevin Walter - Kelley Washington
Slot - Donte Stallworth - Mardy Gilyard
WR4 - Mardy Gilyard
LT - Jared Gaither - Oniel Cousins
LG - Ben Grubbs - Chris Chester
C - Matt Birk - Eric Olsen
RG - Marhsall Yanda - Chris Chester
RT - Michael Oher - Oniel Cousins
Defense - Mattison's idiot ass wants a 4-3 but our personnel fit better in a 3-4
DE - Dwan Edwards
NT - Kelley Gregg - Brandon McKinney
DE - Haloti Ngata
ROLB - Terrell Suggs - Brandon Graham
ILB - Dannell Ellerbe - Tavares Gooden - Prescott Burgess
ILB - Ray Lewis - Jameel McClain - Prescott Burgess
LOLB - Jarret Johnson - Paul Kruger - Antwan Barnes
CB - Dominique Foxworth
CB - Lardarius Webb
Nickelback - Fabian Washington
Dimeback - Chris Carr
SS - Dawan Landry - Tom Zbikowski
FS - Ed Reed (PLEASE RETURN) - Haruki Nakamura
K - Billy Cundiff
P - Sam Koch
PR - Mardy Gilyard
KR - Jalen Parmele