The Baltimore Ravens have more than likely finished their free agent spending. Let’s take a look at who they should start in the NFL Draft.
The first day of free agency (and the day prefacing it) brought a tad more clarity to the standings of the 2017 Ravens Roster. The Ravens have lost right tackle Rick Wagner and fullback Kyle Juszczyk. In turn, they had added (so far) running back Danny Woodhead and safety Tony Jefferson along with re-signing defensive tackle Brandon Williams. So how has this changed the Ravens approach to the 2017 NFL Draft? Well, let’s take a look as I try a new mock following the Ravens’ most recent additions and re-signings.
Things you should know first:
-I am accounting for all the moves the Ravens have made up to 9:00 PM EST March 12th
-I am using the Fanspeak draft simulator with the Fanspeak big board
-Using the draft picks the Ravens’ have as of today
With that being said, let us get into it!
Round 1 Pick 16: WR Corey Davis – Western Michigan
Corey Davis is a stud and should be here at pick 16 for the Ravens. Davis is 6′ 3″ and his 40 time would have been in the late 4.40s to early 4.50s but he did not take part at the combine. Davis would likely become the Ravens’ number one wide receiver within his first season and for a long time to come. Wide receiver is arguably the team’s biggest need, it certainly is on offense. Should a receiver not be here that the Ravens have a high-grade on, expect them to take a dominant edge rusher in this great edge class.
Round 2 Pick 48: Edge Jordan Willis – Kansas State
Willis would be a great choice to fill Doom’s shoes in this defense. The biggest need on defense has to be a solid edge rusher and Willis would be just that for Baltimore. He is a great athlete that posted a quick 4.53 40 time and the best 3 cone time for a linebacker this year at 6.83 seconds. He was a proven three-year starter at Kansas State and just what the Ravens need to maintain their near dominant defense status.
Round 3 Pick 80: CB Cameron Sutton – Tennessee
These first three picks are really a dream scenario for the Ravens. Getting a top big bodied WR, a difference maker of an edge rusher, and a solid tall corner to pair opposite Jimmy Smith. Sutton is a tall 6’1″ corner who ran a respectable 4.52 4o time for his size. A big corner is exactly what you need in a division where you face the likes of A.J. Green, Martavis Byrant, and Terrelle Pryor a combined six times a year. Sutton might not be ready week 1 but should develop rather quickly and help the depth of an already very strong secondary that features Eric Weddle, Tony Jefferson, Jimmy Smith, and Tavon Young. Expect a bigger bodied corner to be taken in the first three rounds regardless if it ends up being Sutton or not.
Round 3 Pick 99: OT Adam Bisnowaty – Pittsburgh
Rick Wagner is gone and in turn, the Ravens need to draft some o-line help. I am a big fan of Bisnowaty. He is a versatile lineman who can play both the edge and interior of the line. Over the recent years, and especially last year, the Ravens have had trouble keeping a consistent o-line on the field week to week due to injuries. Bisnowaty is a guy that you can plug in anywhere but center and get at least decent play out of. His ceiling is a starting tackle and his floor projects to be a plug in and play where needed depth piece. Bisnowaty would be a great selection in the third if available.
Round 4 Pick 123: WR Josh Reynolds – Texas A&M
Yes, I am double dipping at the wide receiver position. I am worried about the development of Perriman and realistically, it would not hurt to take two receivers early. The Ravens need a guy that can make the tough catches, and man oh man is Josh Reynolds that guy. Reynolds likely has the best catching skills of anyone in this draft, he would bring a fantastic presence to the red zone at 6’4″. You will not find Flacco complaining over two brand new toys for his 2017 offense.
Round 5 Pick 160: DL Jarron Jones – Notre Dame
Now we are in the back of the draft. Admittedly, Jones is a bit of a project. There have been questions about Jones consistency and lack of leverage at the point of attack. However, if the Ravens are able to develop Jones, they will have themselves one heck of a player. Jones has plenty of strength and athleticism to pair with long arms. For his position, he has an ability to burst into the backfield and just flat out make plays, something he did plenty of at Notre Dame. In the fifth, you would be hard pressed to find another defensive linemen with this much upside.
Round 6 Pick 200: LB Jayon Brown – UCLA
The Ravens have found themselves with a need for depth at inside linebacker. I am not sure if this is a guy that the Ravens would be interested in as he is more of a S/LB hybrid player. If they are, he will be available late in the draft and be a great guy to work to develop. He filled in the shoes of stud linebacker Myles Jack and led his team with 93 tackles in 2015. He has great sideline to sideline speed and certainly could be very tempting in the sixth round.
Let me know what you think! What would you have done differently?