The Ravens started their third day of the draft with back-to-back fourth-round picks, taking Ohio State defensive end John Simon 129th overall and Harvard fullback Kyle Juszczyk 130th.
Simon isn’t a physical specimen for a defensive lineman, listed as 6-foot-1 and 257 pounds. But it’s his intangibles that make him such a draw. He was just the eighth two-time captain in Ohio State history and, according to the Buckeyes’ website, coach Urban Meyer referred to Simon as the heart and soul of the 2012 team.
He wasn’t too shabby on the field, ending his career with 154 career tackles (81 solo) in 50 games (37 starts). Simon racked up 43 tackles for loss and 20.5 sacks, nine of which came last season.
Juszczyk was drafted as a fullback, but was a two-time All-American at tight end for the Crimson. At 6-foot-3 and 245 pounds, he’s a handful for a defense to stop. He led Harvard with 52 receptions for 706 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior. Juszczyk played an H-back role in the Senior Bowl.
The Ravens’ next pick is No. 168, the last of the fifth round.
Update: In the fifth round, the Ravens selected Wisconsin offensive tackle Ricky Wagner with the 168th overall pick.
After using their first four selections of the draft on defensive players, the Ravens have gone offense with each of their last two.
Wagner was a first-team All-Big 10 pick at left tackle and is listed as 6-6 and 308 pounds. He helped the Badgers average 393.3 yards per game, including 236.4 on the ground in 2012. The Wisconsin line held opponents to 28 sacks.
Update II: The Ravens drafted twice in four selections in the back end of the sixth round.
With the 200th overall pick, Baltimore took Notre Dame defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore. With the 203rd selection, the Ravens drafted Colorado State-Pueblo offensive lineman Ryan Jensen.
Lewis-Moore (6-4, 298 pounds) made 180 tackles, including 22 for loss and 12 sacks, while adding five forced fumbles in 45 career games.
Jensen adds another big Division II lineman to the mix, as he’s listed at 6-3 and 317 pounds. He earned All-America honors from four different organizations last season.
Update III: The Ravens wrapped up their draft with two seventh-round picks.
Baltimore took Elon wide receiver Aaron Mellette with the 238th overall selection and drafted California cornerback Marc Anthony with its final pick, 247th overall.
Mellette is a big target at 6-2, and led Elon with 97 catches for 1,408 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior.
Anthony is a 5-11 defensive back who made five interceptions and defended 21 passes in 41 career games at Cal.
In all, the Ravens made 10 picks over the three days, six of which were spent on defensive players. They went with two defensive ends, one defensive tackle, one safety, one linebacker and one cornerback. Offensively, Baltimore added two offensive linemen, a wideout and a fullback.