All the flashy picks have been made, the NFL Draft green room is empty and the experts are weighing in with their early evaluations of the NFL Draft.
Not so fast, says Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome.
The draft still has one day to go, with rounds 4 through 7 beginning Saturday at noon. And Newsome says thats where the key to a successful draft lies.
For the second tine in three years, the Ravens ended up without a first-round pick, dealing it to Minnesota for picks in the second and fourth rounds.
Before that had happened, the Ravens watched their division rivals make major improvements. Cleveland traded up to take Alabama running back Trent Richardson at No. 3. Pittsburgh grabbed Stanfords David DeCastro, considered the best guard in the draft, at No. 24. Cincinnati upgraded with a pair of first-round picks in cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and guard Kevin Zeitler.
And thats just in the AFC North.
The Patriots, meanwhile, shored up their defense by trading up twice in the first round to grab Syracuses Chandler Jones brother of Ravens defensive tackle Arthur Jones -- and Alabama linebacker Donta Hightower, who was frequently rumored to be a trade-up target of the Ravens.
So on Internet board and radio talk shows, there was a strong sense that their opposition had made great strides in this years draft while the Ravens had not.
Newsome, though, meeting with reporters after the second round, wasnt conceding anything.
Newsome said it would be hard to properly evaluate until after this thing finishes. Then I can walk over and I can look at what Pittsburgh has done with all their picks, what Cincinnati has done with theirs and Cleveland.
I think everybody has done a good job thus far, he said, but I think how you do on Day Three really determines how (good) your draft is.
The Ravens have a long history of late-round draft success. That Ravens have made several picks in the fourth round or later which is what comprises the current Day Three who have gone on to become major contributors. They include Jarret Johnson (fourth round), Dawan Landry (fifth round), Adalius Thomas (sixth round) and, most recently, Pernell McPhee, a fifth-round pick last season.