It's time to click open the weekend Baltimore Ravens mailbag ...
@jamisonhensley: Unless I heard general manager Ozzie Newsome wrong at the "State of the Ravens" press conference last month, there is no chance of the Ravens selecting wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham with the No. 26 pick. Newsome said the team wants to avoid players with domestic violence issues in their past. Green-Beckham allegedly pushed a woman down some stairs, which resulted in him getting kicked off the Missouri football team. Even though Green-Beckham has the potential to be the best receiver in this draft, the Ravens should have other options at there in the first round.
@jamisonhensley what are the odds the Ravens take Dorial Green-Beckham with the 26th pick?— Matt Wilson (@heymrwilson402) March 20, 2015
@jamisonhensley: The Ravens would like to get something in return for two disappointing draft picks, linebacker Arthur Brown and center Gino Gradkowski. But what team is going to take either one? Brown fell behind undrafted rookie Zach Orr on the depth chart, and Gradkowski dropped below rookie fifth-round pick John Urschel. Even if a team was interested, the Ravens wouldn't want the wide receiver or tight end equivalent of those players.
@jamisonhensley can the Ravens use art Brown or Gino gradkowski as trade bait for a weapon for flacco (te/wr)? Who could u see them trade 4?— Mesh (@The_Meshiah) March 20, 2015
@jamisonhensley: Wide receiver makes the most sense at this point. For everyone who will ask a draft question from now until the end of April, projecting the No. 26 pick depends on what 25 players go first. The Ravens couldn't tell you who is going to be there when they're on the clock. They certainly have a list of five or six names that they hope will be there. When trying to figure out what position the Ravens will address first, the obvious choice has to be wide receiver. It's one of the Ravens' top needs, and it's a deep position in this year's draft. With that said, no one would be surprised if the Ravens took a cornerback, pass rusher or tight end in the first round.
@jamisonhensley What position do you think the Ravens will address in the first round of the draft?— T-roy (@troy_wilmore) March 20, 2015
@jamisonhensley: It's a possibility. Zach Miller was a coveted free-agent pickup by Seattle in 2011 who failed to live up to expectations. Part of the problem is he didn't get a lot of opportunities in the Seahawks' run-heavy offense. Miller fits the profile of what the Ravens are looking at: an inexpensive but experienced target who was a salary-cap cut. The biggest concern is his health. Miller missed 13 games last season and he's recovering from his second ankle surgery in less than a year. The Ravens might not want to bring in an injury risk after what they've gone through with Dennis Pitta the past two years.
@jamisonhensley could the Ravens bring in a veteran TE like Zach Miller?— Brendan Cole (@bcole_97) March 20, 2015
@jamisonhensley: Here are the best bets for wide receiver (Arizona State's Jaelen Strong or Ohio State's Devin Smith), tight end (Minnesota's Maxx Williams), cornerback (Washington's Marcus Peters) and pass rusher (Virginia's Eli Harold). This comes with the disclaimer that it's March 21. There are 40 days until the draft. A lot can change.
@jamisonhensley Best prediction for what the Ravens do with their first round pick?— Justin Parziale (@justinparziale1) March 20, 2015
@jamisonhensley: My favorite under-the-radar pick is Arizona Cardinals tight end Rob Housler. He's 27, a big target (6-feet-5) and was underused in Arizona. I believe he would compliment Crockett Gillmore, who is more of a blocking tight end. But Housler is an unrestricted free agent, and not a cap casualty. He would count against the Ravens' compensatory pick formula. So, that reduces the chances of Houser ending up with the Ravens.
@jamisonhensley: Only in the draft. My recent blog post explains why cutting Bernard Pierce has no effect on the Ravens' plans. The Ravens don't want to waste valuable cap room on a free-agent back with wear and tear. This is a great draft for running backs. The Ravens can find a quality one in the first four rounds, and I expect they will come away with someone like Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon, Georgia's Todd Gurley, Indiana's Tevin Coleman and Northern Iowa's David Johnson.
@jamisonhensley With the loss of Pierce, do you think the Ravens will address the RB position in free agency, or only in the draft?— Thomas Ladson (@ThomasLadson) March 20, 2015
@jamisonhensley: Don't write off the Ravens in free agency just yet. Based on the Ravens' history, they're more likely to make more moves at the end of March and beginning of April than they are in the first week of free agency. Ozzie Newsome likes to wait and watch the asking prices decrease. He is looking for value, which is even more important this year with the limited cap space. Remember, the Ravens signed running back Justin Forsett and tight end Owen Daniels on April 3. As for draft needs, the top ones for the Ravens are wide receiver, tight end, cornerback and pass rush.
@jamisonhensley Since the ravens seems to done with free agency what is the positions they have to get in the draft— Josiah Woods (@jwoods2014) March 20, 2015