ESPN draft analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay conducted a three-round mock draft on Thursday night in which they alternated as "general managers" on a pick-by-pick basis.
Here is my reaction to the Ravens' three ACC-centric picks, which were all selected by Kiper:
First round (No. 26 overall): Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest. This definitely has a chance of happening. The Ravens have always placed a high priority on cornerbacks, and there is a need considering the recent decline of Lardarius Webb and the lack of a proven nickelback. Marcus Peters is another cornerback presumably on the Ravens' radar, but he was taken by the Eagles at No. 20. Johnson is considered by some as the best cover corner in the draft, and he's considered one of the safer picks of the first round.
Second round (No. 58 overall): Clive Walford, TE, Miami. If Dennis Pitta decides not to play this season, the Ravens would be in desperate need of a pass-catching tight end. Taking a tight end this high would be a little surprising. The Ravens have given the impression that there is better value in the middle rounds for a tight end who can help in the passing game. Walford has the athleticism needed to create mismatches and has dependable hands. Another option for the Ravens is to trade up in the second round to get a wide receiver or pass rusher who has slipped out of the first round.
Third round (No. 90 overall): Duke Johnson, RB, Miami. This should be the time when the Ravens start to seriously look at the running backs who are available. Johnson will be a good fit for the Ravens' stretch zone running scheme, and he is extremely elusive. The knock on Johnson is his durability. Other running backs linked to the Ravens include Indiana's Tevin Coleman, Boise State's Jay Ajayi, Northern Iowa's David Johnson and Minnesota's David Cobb.