Armstrong, Foketi, Kearney Possible Late-round Ravens Picks

Posted on April 09, 2013

By Ken Zalis
Ken Zalis is serving as general manager of the Baltimore Ravens in a mock draft on Follow along as he provides round-by-round updates:
At, #mockfive has come to a close for the Ravens. We made eight picks in total. We traded up twice during the second round and came out with a pretty nifty draft in my opinion. The last three picks were:
Round six, pick 35 (203 overall): Ray Ray Armstrong, S, Miami (Fla.)

Round seven, pick 29 (235): Manase Foketi, OT, West Texas A&M         

Round seven, pick 41 (247): Vernon Kearney, CB, Lane College
This proves there is still value during the later rounds, especially this year.
Here is what some scouts had to say about these picks:
Ray Ray Armstrong: Dane Brugler, Analysis

Armstrong is a big, aggressive athlete with the speed and range to cover both sidelines, flashing first round ability. And if reports are true, Armstrong has been working his tail off during the offseason as he enters the 2012 season as an expected starter. But whether or not he will ever reach his full football potential has yet to be seen.

Manase Foketi: Analysis

NFL Comparison: Jermon Bushrod

Teams will be split on whether or not Foketi can remain at tackle, but they will be sure to agree on his physical skill set and upside. While his lack of experience will prevent him from going as high as his talent might indicate, he could be a well worthwhile risk late in the draft.

Vernon Kearney: Analysis

Strengths: Excellent size for the position, highlighted by good length and explosive athleticism. He also has good fluidity with his hips.

Weaknesses: Obviously level of competition concerns. He may be a bit of a [tweener] and teams will have to decide if Kearney is a better fit at cornerback or safety. However, he'd need to add bulk to hold up at safety.

Kearney opened eyes in a big way at the Raycom All-Star Classic. Physically and athletically, Kearney matches up with just about any CB prospect in this draft.

The entire draft for the Ravens went like this:
Round 1, pick 32 (32): Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU       
Round 2, pick 25 (55): D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina 
Round 2, pick 29 (59): Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee       
Round 4, pick 33 (130): Jordan Mills, OT, Louisiana Tech     
Round 5, pick 35 (168): Keith Pough, OLB, Howard  
Round 6, pick 35 (203): Ray Ray Armstrong, S, Miami (Fla.)
Round 7, pick 29 (235): Manase Foketi, OT, West Texas A&M
Round 7, pick 41 (247): Vernon Kearney, CB, Lane College
Would you be satisfied if April 25-27 went this way? Let us know!

Posted April 9, 2013


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