Mel Kiper Grades The Ravens and Redskins Drafts

Balimore Ravens
Top needs: CB, WR, LB, S

Summary: Last year, the Ravens got a lot of good value after trading down, but didn’t get much out of the class in 2010 for multiple reasons. This year, they again got a lot of good value, but also hit on some players that could fill holes a little earlier. The big name is Jimmy Smith, who has the talent to be drafted much earlier, but could use the guidance that a player like Ray Lewis can provide. Given that cornerback was the biggest need on my board for Baltimore, a value like Smith should have them thrilled. The Ravens also need a wideout who can stretch the field, and got one with Torrey Smith of Maryland. He’s a burner, but also can work underneath. I would have liked to see an outside linebacker on the taken somewhere, but Reid is a decent value, and Doss has great hands and helps the depth at receiver. McPhee is an intriguing defensive end prospect as well. Final Grade B+

Washington Redskins
Top needs: QB, WR, OG, DE

Summary: We know the Redskins need help at quarterback, but I’ll give them credit: They realized there wasn’t a quarterback in this draft who can help them in 2011, and they moved out of the spot that became the Gabbert pick. They clearly have concerns about their defensive line, and should get help in the pass rush from Kerrigan. Jenkins was an OK value, a bit of a surprise in Round 2, but the Hankerson selection at No. 79 was in the neighborhood of a steal. He gives them something they really don’t have on the roster now. You have to assume Mike Shanahan thinks a lot of Helu, given the trade up to get him. The Skins added players at pretty much every need outside of quarterback, where they clearly have other ideas in mind. Fair enough. I just don’t think impact will be significant.
Final Grade C+

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