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#29 - Baltimore - Justin Blalock, RT, Texas


The Baltimore Ravens are getting older, especially on defense. Adalius Thomas left town to play for the Patriots, Ray Lewis is 32, and Samari Rolle will be 31 by the start of the regular season. Now is as good a time as any to draft and develop their replacements. However, with how the draft has played out so far, the best players to fill their needs at LB and CB on defense have been picked. So, in order to get the best value with their low pick, the Ravens will shift to their largest need on the other side of the ball: offensive line. Losing Tony Pashos to free agency, and the possibility of Jonathan Ogden retiring creates an urgent need in the trenches, which Justin Blalock can fill.

Blalock is adequately sized at 6'4", 329 lbs with quick feet and good balance. He is a very good run-blocker who will help open large holes in defensive lines for the Ravens new RB, Willis McGahee. He  is a 3-time All-Big 12 Conference selection who won the Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year award and was selected as an All-American in his senior year. The Texas offense was ranked in the top-ten in scoring and rushing 3 of the 4 years he started at RT. He blocked for Cedric Benson in 2004 when the Longhorns totaled the third most rushing yards in school history at 3,590 yds.

Year 2003 2004 2005 2006
Total Offense (ypg/rank) N/A 464.4/7th 512.1/3rd 392.6/23rd
Rushing Offense (ypg/rank) 232.5/8th 299.2/2nd 274.9/2nd 170.3/30th
Scoring Offense (ppg/rank) 41.0/6th 35.3/12th 50.2/1st 36.8/5th


Baltimore Ravens needs: LB, CB, OT
Justin Blalock's player profile at NFL.com

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2007 NFL Mock Draft - First Round
Pick Team Player Pos. College Drafter
1 Oakland Raiders JaMarcus Russell QB LSU bears fan louie
2 Detroit Lions Joe Thomas OT Wisconsin South Side Irish
3 Cleveland Browns Calvin Johnson WR Georgia Tech elagoalie11
4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Gaines Adams DE Clemson NoisewaterMD
5 Arizona Cardinals Alan Branch DT Michigan Chad
6 Washington Redskins Jamaal Anderson DE Arkansas Skin Patrol
7 Minnesota Vikings Brady Quinn QB Notre Dame IrishGush
8 Atlanta Falcons LaRon Landry S LSU Coach Owens
9 Miami Dolphins Amobi Okoye DT Louisville McRipper
10 Houston Texans Adrian Peterson RB Oklahoma Scruffy Lefty
11 San Francisco 49ers Patrick Willis LB Ole Miss RME JICO
12 Buffalo Bills Paul Posluszny LB Penn St. Brian G
13 St. Louis Rams Adam Carriker DE Nebraska tyger1147
14 Carolina Panthers Greg Olsen TE Miami RME JICO
15 Pittsburgh Steelers Leon Hall CB Michigan shawngoldman
16 Green Bay Packers Marshawn Lynch RB California chad
17 Jacksonville Jaguars Reggie Nelson S Florida River City Rage
18 Cincinnati Bengals Brandon Meriweather S Miami elagoalie11
19 Tennessee Titans Robert Meachem WR Tennessee quartz77277
20 New York Giants Darrelle Revis CB Pittsburgh Coach Owens7
21 Denver Broncos Ted Ginn Jr. WR Ohio State Devin47
22 Dallas Cowboys Jarvis Moss DE Florida IrishGush
23 Kansas City Chiefs Dwayne Bowe WR LSU tomas21
24 New England Patriots Michael Griffin S Texas tyger1147
25 New York Jets Zach Miller TE Arizona State DTK
26 Philadelphia Eagles Aaron Ross CB Texas SouthernSlam
27 New Orleans Saints Chris Houston CB Arkansas tomas21
28 New England Patriots Jon Beason LB Miami tyger1147
29 Baltimore Ravens Justin Blalock T Texas jrm78