AP Pro32 ballot from Lynch

AP Pro32 ballot from Lynch

Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter John Lynch of Fox Sports:

Week 10

JOHN LYNCH (Fox Sports)

1. Atlanta Falcons - 8-0 now. The Falcons were tested by the Cowboys, but showed that they have multiple weapons. Coupled with a red-hot QB, they are going to be tough to stop.

2. Houston Texans - Coach Kubiak wants faster starts. They will need it in their Sunday night showdown with Da Bears.

3. Chicago Bears - The Bears looked very complete in hammering the Titans. Exciting brawl upcoming with the Texans Sunday night.

4. San Francisco 49ers - The 49ers rested with a bye week but have looked dominant of late. A tough, physical, talented and well coached football team.

5. Green Bay Packers - The Pack are banged up and get a bye week to heel up. They will need it with stars like Clay Matthews and Greg Jennings ailing.

6. New England Patriots - The Pats were dominant in London and get a week off to enjoy it.

7. Denver Broncos - The Broncos are getting better as a team every week. The same can be said for their QB and that has their opponents nervous.

8. Pittsburgh Steelers - The Steelers are playing real good ball. It's more impressive as they have been banged up. Polamalu is on the mend.

9. New York Giants - My preseason No. 1's inconsistent play of late has them dropping. I still believe this is a team that will challenge for the Lombardi this season.

10. Baltimore Ravens - The Ravens defeated the improved Browns but don't look as powerful as they did earlier this season.

11. Seattle Seahawks - Seattle continued its up and down season with a hard fought win over the Adrian Peterson led Vikings.

12. Indianapolis Colts - The Colts are having a magical season, inspired by the fight of their head coach Chuck Pagano and a rookie QB who looks nothing like a rookie.

13. Miami Dolphins - The Dolphins fell short vs. the Colts but are an impressive team.

14. Detroit Lions - An interesting team to watch. We all know they have the talent. Can they play disciplined football? If so, they can be dangerous.

15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Greg Schiano can lead and Greg Schiano can coach. An offense led by RB Doug Martin and Josh Freeman has been the most explosive in the NFL over the last four games. They have lost some of their better players to injuries, but remain undaunted.

16. Dallas Cowboys - A tough draw for the Cowboys the last two weeks with the Giants and the Falcons. This is a team capable of making a run, but it has to start now.

17. Minnesota Vikings - A valiant effort from Adrian Peterson was wasted in Seattle as they can't throw the football right now. A defense that started the season playing great has forgotten how to tackle.

18. San Diego Chargers - The Chargers represent the week to week nature of the NFL as last week everyone had Norv Turner done and now they are on the Bronco's heels in the AFC West.

19. New Orleans Saints - They looked better on defense Monday night, not to be confused with good. We all know what this offense can do.

20. Philadelphia Eagles - Problems persist in Philly. They were moving the ball great in New Orleans, but turned it over and couldn't punch it in and the defense has lost its mojo.

21. Cincinnati Bengals - The Bengals slide continues, but they gave the surging Broncos a test on Sunday and looked better doing it.

22. Arizona Cardinals - The defense showed their mettle and made it tough on Aaron Rogers and the Pack, but they don't have enough in the tank right now to beat teams like the Packers.

23. Washington Redskins - The Redskins are reeling as their defense doesn't have the horses and RG3 is showing he is human.

24. Oakland Raiders - The Raiders are one of the least penalized teams in the NFL, but not so fast. The Bucs made the Raiders revert to their old ways - undisciplined. They couldn't stop the run and too many turnovers. The Raiders hope it was simply a blip on the radar.

25. New York Jets - The bye week can't fix the problems that are ailing the Jets. A very inconsistent FB team.

26. St. Louis Rams - The Rams were "bloody" whipped by Sir Tom and the Pats across the pond. They rested in their bye week and here come the 49ers.

27. Buffalo Bills - The Bills battled tough vs. the Texans, but not tough enough.

28. Carolina Panthers - The Panthers responded vs. the Redskins and looked good in doing so. Now John Fox returns to Charlotte - with Peyton Manning in tow - to face his old team.

29. Tennessee Titans - After being humiliated by the Bears, owner Bud Adams says everyone's job is on the line.

30. Cleveland Browns - They are improving!

31. Jacksonville Jaguars - The Jags disappointed after looking good vs. the Packers the week prior.

32. Kansas City Chiefs - A week later, the Chiefs are still not good!

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Ravens target playmaking receiver with second pick of 4th round

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Ravens target playmaking receiver with second pick of 4th round

The Ravens targeted playmaking wide receiver Chris Moore with their second pick (107th overall) in the fourth round. While the Ravens expect wide receivers Steve Smith and Breshad Perriman to return from season-ending injuries in 2015, Moore could earn a role in the rotation and should add depth to a position where injuries have been a problem.

During his college career, Moore had 26 touchdown catches and excelled both as a deep threat receiver and as a possession receiver. His 21.1 yards per catch average last season ranked eighth in the nation, as Moore finished with 39 receptions for 823 yards and seven touchdowns for the season. 

The Ravens were also attracted by Moore’s size -- 6-foot-1, 205 pounds. Moore showed a willingness to catch balls in traffic at Cincinnati, and he also broke tackles that led to long runs after the catch.

The Ravens also signed deep threat receiver Mike Wallace during free agency, so on paper, quarterback Joe Flacco will begin training camp with a diverse variety of weapons. Big plays were sorely lacking in the Ravens’ passing game last season, but Moore could play a part in changing that.

Ravens finally take cornerback in 4th round of NFL Draft

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Ravens finally take cornerback in 4th round of NFL Draft

The Ravens finally drafted a cornerback, taking Tavon Young of Temple with their first pick in the fourth round (104th overall). Young is a Maryland native who went to Oxon Hill High School, and the Ravens hope Young’s homecoming will strengthen their secondary.

For five straight years, the Ravens have not drafted a cornerback during any of the first three rounds. Jimmy Smith, their first-round pick in 2011, is the last cornerback the Ravens have spent a high pick on, and it was revealed this week that Smith would undergo surgery to remove bone chips from his foot. 

Smith is expected to recover in four to six weeks, but even before his most recent foot issues, the Ravens entered this draft looking for corners. The starting spot opposite Smith is wide open, and even if Shareece Wright or Kyle Arrington wins that job, Young has a chance to contribute immediately in a nickel-back role.

Young had seven career interceptions at Temple, but he was not among the bigger corners in this draft pick at 5-foot-9, 185 pounds. Young might have his work cut out covering taller receivers, but he was durable and tackled well – two traits that likely attracted him to the Ravens.

Ravens have not drafted a cornerback in first three rounds since 2011

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Ravens have not drafted a cornerback in first three rounds since 2011

You would expect the Ravens to draft a cornerback at some point Saturday, but even if they do, it might be too late.

The Ravens didn’t draft a cornerback in the first three rounds, the fifth straight year that has happened. Fifteen cornerbacks went off the board in Rounds 1 through 3, but none of them went to the Ravens.

Their last high draft pick at corner was Jimmy Smith, a first-round pick in 2011. Since 2013, the Ravens have only drafted three corners -- the late Tray Walker (2015), Marc Anthony (2013), and Asa Jackson (2012).

At a position that is vitally important, the Ravens have not been very active in the draft. Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta defended that fact Friday night, and still believed the Ravens could find a quality cornerback Saturday.

“I think we will,” DeCosta said Friday night. “You need a little luck sometimes, and it depends on the board, but there’s still a lot of good players at that position and other positions. The challenge for us will be to find those guys.”

Cornerbacks the Ravens could target include Juston Burris of N. C. State, Rashard Robinson of LSU, Zack Sanchez of Oklahoma, D. J. White of Georgia Tech, and Tavon Young of Temple.

But if cornerback play becomes an issue for the Ravens next season, they may look at this draft as another missed opportunity to improve at that position.