#bloggermock: Ravens select Manti Te'o

April, 23, 2013
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If the #bloggermock is anything like Thursday's first round, the Baltimore Ravens will be fielding calls for teams trying to jump back into the first round to get West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith.

In the #bloggermock, I had trade offers from the Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills. The Eagles were offering their picks in the second (35th overall) and fifth rounds (136th), and the Bills were willing to give picks in their second (41st) and fourth rounds (105th). Neither one added up to make it worthwhile in the draft value chart, so I passed.

In retrospect, I could've traded with the Eagles and moved back three spots to get Notre Dame inside linebacker Manti Te'o and an additional fifth-rounder. But the Ravens, who have 12 picks, don't need to add more picks. And, considering the latest arrest for Rolando McClain, I stayed pat and went with one of the top-rated inside linebackers of the draft.

Yes, it will be a controversial one because Te'o was involved in a well-publicized hoax in which he had a fake online relationship. And, yes, Ravens coach John Harbaugh didn't look thrilled when cameras showed him watching Te'o's slow 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine.

Te'o, though, has first-round talent and I'd be surprised if he was there at No. 32 (my guess is Vikings take him). This is a situation where need fit best player available.

Other options for the Ravens at this spot were: Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and Florida safety Matt Elam.

If you missed how the other AFC North teams fared in the #bloggermock, the Browns selected Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner at No. 6, the Steelers took Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert at No. 17 and the Bengals grabbed Florida International safety Johnathan Cyprien at No. 21.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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