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Coach Name: Shannon Thames
Offensive Playbook: Baltimore
Offensive Scheme: Power Run
Defensive Playbook: Baltimore
Defensive Scheme: zone blitz 3-4
The 2012 season was one of the worst season's in franchise history for the Baltimore Ravens. The team went 6-10 on the season but the majority of their problems were a result of the mishandling of football operations. The team lost its entire coaching staff, GM, owner, and players in a matter of weeks. After NFL execs stepped in and the dust settled, Coach Thames got the Ravens players back and went on to finish 3rd in the division. However, the morale of the team was shot and many of the Raven players wanted out of a sinking ship. After releasing or trading away a plethora of perennial pro bowlers, the 2013 Ravens will now look to rebuild the hard nosed and tough as nails team the Raven fans have come to know and love for the past 17 years.
2013 Baltimore Ravens NFL Draft Recap
1st Round Pick 3
Name: Jamal Bonner
Position: Wide Receiver "Red Zone Threat"
Key Attributes: CTH 88, CIT 87, SPC 85
Reminds me of: A young Calvin Johnson Jr.
Analysis: How Bonner fell to the Ravens at three is mind-boggling. Bonner was considered the consensus #1 pick by all the pundits. Bonner is a legit #1 WR in the NFL and the new-look Ravens are happy to have him. He has great speed, acceleration and football knowledge. He also has the hands of an NFL veteran and he doesn't drop passes thrown to him. His only issue as a rookie is his route running but Coach Thames has personally overseen the development of Bonner's route running and route tree.
1st Round Pick 10
Name: Arik Casher
Position: Free Safety "Playmaker"
Key Attributes: SPD 92, MCV 86, PRC 85
Remainds me of: Ed Reed
Analysis: Arik Casher was a starting CB at Texas. However, he wondered if he would be the first CB drafted. He switched to FS to make sure he was the first FS taken in the draft. The Ravens were interested in Casher at CB because of his Man Coverage skills but his switch to FS made drafting him a no-brainer for the Ravens. The Ravens needed a playmaking safety and a solid starter to anchor the secondary: Casher filled both needs. The Ravens had to reach 10 spots but they got the player they wanted. Casher has 1 major issue with his game. He has to learn how to play zone defense if he wants to replace Ed Reed.
1st Round Pick 20
Name: Jamille Buchanan
Position: Defensive End "Balanced 4-3"
Key Attributes: ACC 87, POW 80, SPD 84, STR 85
Reminds me of: Justin Tuck clone
Analysis: Buchanan was the best Left Defensive End remaining on the Ravens board. The Ravens liked Buchanan's speed over Ian Thompson's height. Although Thompson's 6'6" 313lb frame would have given the Ravens a monster sized defensive lineman, he was just too slow for coach Thames' liking. Buchanan has more speed on the edge.
2nd Round Pick 29
Name: Andrew Williams
Position: Defensive End "Run Stopper 4-3"
Key Attributes: TAK 82, STR 84, POW 80
Players reminds me of: a black version of Kyle Vanden Bosh
Analysis: Andrew Williams was the 3rd RE on the Ravens board. The team hoped he would fall to the late 2nd Round and he did. He is the player the Ravens needed to stop those cutbacks by fast running backs. Williams new nickname is "Purple people eater" his job will be to push Left Tackles back into opposing Quarterbacks and maintain his leverage outside to force running backs inside to the linebackers.
3rd Round Pick 10
Name: Terry Howard
Position: MLB "Cover 2"
Key Attributes: SPD 80, AGI 88, TAK 79
Player I hope he can turn into: Jonathan Vilma
Analysis: Howard is an okay linebacker but the question is "how will he fit the Ravens scheme?" A Tampa 2 is not necessarily a bad choice, especially considering the Ravens scheme is a 3-4 zone blitz. However, he is a bit slower than Coach Thames would like. His initial burst is a okay but his top speed is a bit un-nerving for a starter.
4th Round Pick 10
Name: Jeff Wright
Position: RG "Pass Blocker"
Key Attributes: STR 85, PBK 83, RBK 76
Reminds me of: Brandon Moore
Analysis: By far the worst pick by the Ravens. The Ravens needed more depth on the OL, but, was this the place to take a chance on a guy who was slotted for Round 7? surely not. Wright has good Pass Blocking ability and could be a Gem if he can develop the way the Ravens hope but right now he is more bust then baller at this point.
4th Round Pick 29
Name: Ruben Turner
Position: MLB "3-4 Tackler"
Key Attributes: POW 93, TAK 86, ACC 87
Remainds me of: Lawernce Timmons
Analysis: Ruben Turner is a beast at MLB. The Ravens were surprised that he was still available and wasted about half a second before drafting him. Turner is a hard hitting MLB that will lay people out. Here's hoping he turns into the next Patrick Willis.
5th Round Pick 10
Name: Al Bostick Position: HB "Receiving Back"
Key Attributes: AGI 96, SPD 95, SPM 97
Reminds me of: Darren Sproles clone
Analysis: Bostick is the prototypical 3rd down back and kick returner. He will be a nice change of pace back and a beast KR/PR. Great value pick.
6th Round Pick 10
Name: Aaron Russell
Position: Kicker "Clutch"
Key Attributes: KPW 89, KAC 85
Players reminds me of: Adam Vinateri
Analysis: Best Kicker in the draft.
7th Round Pick 10
Name: Charone Lebuanan
Position: MLB "Cover 2"
Key Attributes: SPD 92, MCV 82, JMP 87
Player I hope he can turn into:
FS Arik Casher out 4 weeks
Free Agency Signings:
WR Dexter Mccluster
Wr Devin Hester
LT Sam Baker
LE Ziggy Hood
RE Mike Neal
DT Steve McClendon
MLB Sean Lee
CB Trumaine Block
CB Cary Williams
CB Josh Williams
P TJ Conley
More FA signings:
SS T.J. Ward
FS Kendrick Lewis
CB Javier Arenas
ROLB Albert McClellan
ROLB Vic So'oto
LOLB Jason Worilds
LOLB Larry English
RT Jared Veldheer
RG Chilo Rachal
WR Jeremy Maclin
WR Arrelious Benn
HB LaRod Stephens-Howling
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