Three months after winning their first Super Bowl in 1983, the
Darrell Green played 20 seasons with the Redskins, earned two Super Bowl rings, appeared in seven Pro Bowls and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008. Now 53, Green is proof that even the last pick of the first round can carry immense value.
The Ravens will have 12 picks in the 2013 NFL draft, and they are expected to be on the clock for the first time just after 11p.m. Thursday, when they either make the 32nd overall selection or trade it to accumulate more picks in rounds two through seven.
"This is an interesting draft from the standpoint of the quality of player is really good where we're picking, so I have a comfort level," said
The Ravens' needs are clear. On offense, they are unsettled at left tackle with
What's not as clear is just how many holes they'll be able to fill when they pick last in each of the first two rounds and fourth from the bottom in the third round.
Charley Casserly, a 24-year
"It's always a good spot because you got there by winning the Super Bowl, so you enjoy that part. But if you can avoid having to draft for a need, and you stay away from that mentality, you're going to get a first-round player," said Casserly, now an analyst for
The Ravens usually do, even when consistently picking late in the first round. General manager Ozzie Newsome and DeCosta head a front office that has made 17 first-round selections and 10 of them have made at least one
"If you've been at it awhile and you're disciplined like the Ravens are and you've filled your immediate needs like the Ravens have in free agency, then you can afford to be patient," Casserly said. "You look at guys like Todd Heap, [
Gil Brandt, the vice president of player personnel for the
"The player that you'll get there is probably as good as the 17th pick in the draft," said Brandt, a SiriusXM NFL Radio host and a contributor to NFL.com. "The last two drafts, we've had five Pro Bowlers in each rookie year. I don't think we have that type of player in this draft. I don't think those players are available. But I do think the quality of player that they are going to get is going to be a lot like the guy they got last year [
"You can refer to this as a second-round draft. By that I mean, there are a lot of good players there that are going to be complementary players to your football team. But I don't know how many great Pro Bowlers come out of this draft."
The pool of players the Ravens are expected to consider Thursday includes wide receiver
But as always with the Ravens, there is a chance that they trade out of the first round altogether, as they did last year when they sent their 29th overall pick to the
As it is, the Ravens have one pick in each of the first three rounds, two picks in the fourth, fifth and seventh rounds and three selections in the sixth round. And DeCosta joked last week that he wished the Ravens had 15 selections.
"I think our options are always open," DeCosta said. "What we try to do is come up with a bunch of different scenarios based on all the different things that could happen so that we're ready to make a pick or trade if that happens. The phone lines are open. I think we're in good shape."
Picking at 32
Here's a look at the last five players to be selected with the final pick of the first round:
|Year||Player||Pos.||College||NFL team||Jeff Zrebiec's skinny|
|2012||David Wilson||RB||Virginia Tech||Giants||Scored six touchdowns in 2012 and could start this season now that |
|2011||Derek Sherrod||OT||Mississippi St.||Packers||Played sparingly in 2011 and missed last season with a broken leg|
|2010||Patrick Robinson||CB||Florida St.||Saints||Intercepted seven passes while making 27 starts over three seasons|
|2009||Ziggy Hood||DT||Missouri||Steelers||Developed into a valuable defensive lineman with 39 career starts and 8.5 sacks|
|2008||Kenny Phillips||S||Miami||Giants||Signed this offseason with |
Radio City Music Hall, New York
Round 1: Thursday, 8p.m.
Rounds 2-3: Friday, 6:30p.m.
Rounds 4-7: Saturday, noon
Round 1 (No. 32); Round 2 (62); Round3 (94); Round 4 (129, 130); Round 5 (165, 168); Round 6 (199, 200, 203); Round 7 (238, 247)