2013 NFL Draft: AFC North 2nd and 3rd Round Analysis and Grades

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Oct 27, 2012; Manhattan, KS, USA; Kansas State Wildcats linebacker Arthur Brown (4) plays defense during a 55-24 win over the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Ravens: 2nd Round.

The Baltimore Ravens traded up to get LB Arthur Brown, and rightfully so. Brown is a very instinctive LB who is going to flourish in that defense. He is a reliable tackler and is great in run support. He was a great teammate in Kansas State that always  pushed his players to play better. He’s a decent coverage LB, but is very good at reading and reacting. He always hustles to the ball and never gives up on a play. Brown is a bit undersized and sometimes he will overrun a play and be out of position, but he has solid game tape. He uses his hands very well to keep blockers in bay and keeps moving to the ball. This is a great pick for the Ravens and well worth them moving up to take Arthur Brown. He had an injury that kept him out of the Combine, which might have hurt his stock and caused him to fall this far, but Ravens benefit from it. Hits need and BPA.

Grade: A+

3rd Round.

The Ravens defense took a lot of hits this offseason, and they still aren’t getting younger. The Ravens looked to Brandon Williams to help them with a pass rusher and youth. He was very consistent in college, using his hands and upper body to push his man back to get to the QB. He usually wins his gap assignments and assigns players around him to where they should go. He struggles against locating the ball and even sometimes puts his head down just trying to win his battle on the line. He isn’t really fast to get off blocks and some worry if he’s just a rotational player. He will need to be coached up if he is to become a starter, but he has upside. This can be viewed as a depth move, and Ravens did a decent job at it, however, there were many other places the Ravens could have and should have gone.

Grade: C

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