When Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome met briefly with reporters to explain why he traded out of the first round late Thursday night, he made it sound as if he had one player in mind for what is now the teams top pick the third pick in the second round, which is 35th overall.
We have some guys that if we were stuck at 29, we could have picked. And one of those guys is still available for us and could be available at that 35th pick, he said.
Who is that guy?
My guess is it is Courtney Upshaw, the Alabama linebacker who piled up sacks for college footballs national championship team in 2011. He was one of the five premier Crimson Tide prospects expected to go in the first round, but the only one who didnt.
The St. Louis Rams and Indianapolis Colts are selecting before the Ravens when the second round begins Friday night, and if neither takes Upshaw, it wouldnt be a surprise if the Ravens grabbed him an elite player who could possibly be plugged into the starting lineup right away.
But the Ravens might also have a choice among offensive lineman who were projected to be first round picks, but didnt get selected. Baltimores biggest immediate is finding a replacement for guard Ben Grubbs. Offensive lineman still on the board after the first round include Wisconsin center Peter Konz, Georgia guard-tackle Cordy Glenn, Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin and Ohio State offensive tackle Mike Adams.
The selection of Konz -- a player linked to the Ravens in many mock drafts -- would surprise few, as he could potentially replace Grubbs in 2012 and eventually replace Matt Birk in the middle. The availability of Glenn, another highly-regarded prospect, could impact their thinking.
They also will almost surely have the option of taking a big-name wide receiver if thats the position they decide to address. Only two teams are picking ahead of them, and Georgia Techs Stephen Hill and LSUs Rueben Randle are still on the board.
Newsome told the teams official website early Thursday afternoon that the Ravens had nine players targeted as potential picks at 29. After they traded the pick, he declined to divulge how many of his nine were left. But theres at least one, it appears.
Will the Ravens get their man, whoever it may be? The answer will come right away when the draft resumes Friday evening.