Tag Archive | "Mock Draft"

Haason

Tags: , ,

Baltimore Ravens 2017 Mock Draft – Final Edition

Posted on 25 April 2017 by Dennis Koulatsos

My fellow Ravens fans and draftniks, the 2017 NFL draft is finally upon us.  After much self debate – arguing with yourself is not as easy as it sounds – I’ve come up with what I think the Ravens will do, based on how the board plays out relative to their needs.  Got that? Good!

So without further ado, here it is:

Round 1, pick #16 – Haason Reddick, Edge, Temple – I mocked him to the Ravens right after the Senior Bowl and there’s absolutely nothing’s that’s happened ever since to change my mind.  With freakish athleticism, Reddick replaces Zach Orr and Elvis Dumervil all at once.  He can play inside or outside linebacker plus he’s lightning quick off of the edge.  In fact he’s so fast that he doesn’t even bother to look at the blockers, because he knows he can blow right by them. Joe Flacco brought the Ravens back from deficits time and time again in the 4th quarter last season, and the defense couldn’t get off of the field and close out the game.  Reddick can get to the QB plus cover backs and Tight Ends.  He’s a 3-down linebacker all of the way and would be a great addition to an already good defense.  The sheer pressure he’ll provide will instantly make the secondary much “stickier” to boot.

Round 2, pick #49 – Ethan Pocic, C, LSU – A monster center at 6’6″ with lots of hard-nosed SEC experience. Not only is he scheme versatile, he can also play guard or tackle.  I can envision him starting the season at right tackle while the Ravens sign a veteran center such as Nick Mangold, who’s been unable to finish the last several seasons due to injuries.  That would give the Ravens time to develop another right tackle – more on that later. Pick 49 is a little early to draft Pocic, but due to his versatility combined with the Ravens needs (plural) on the offensive line, they simply cannot afford to miss out on the player.  Better a tad earlier than risk losing him to another team later.

Round 3, pick #74 – Chris Wormley, DT, Michigan – You really didn’t think that there wouldn’t be a Harbaugh connection in this year’s draft – did ya?  Ravens get a good interior lineman here who fits perfectly in the 5-technique role.  Equally strong against the run as he is rushing the QB, he can do some serious damage with his 6’5″ 300 frame.  Defense still wins championships – particularly in the trenches – and he should be the best player available at this spot.

Round 3, pick #78 – Rasul Douglas, CB, West Virginia – He is 6’2″ and led the nation with 8 interceptions. Great ball awareness and skills, he excelled in zone coverage and can develop press coverage skills.  The Ravens still lack depth at CB, and this is a terrific young corner that can be brought along as the year progresses.

Round 4, pick #122 – ArDarius Stewart, WR, Alabama – It wouldn’t be a Ravens draft without them picking an Alabama player now – would it? As much as I would love for them to have picked JuJu Smith-Schuster, I’m relatively confident that he will be gone by the time the Ravens got on the clock and I don’t think there’s a huge difference between him and Stewart (although admittedly they’re different type receivers with different skill sets); at least not big enough of a difference for the Ravens to have traded up.  Stewart is a great “consolation” prize if you will, with great explosiveness and YAC as he averaged better than 10 yards per catch last year. This is exactly the type of receiver the Steelers have hit on the past few drafts.

Round 5, pick #159 – Eric Smith, OT, Virginia – Pretty good pass blocker at UVA, he has a chance to develop as a starting right tackle at some point this year or next year. Ravens have to keep building up their offensive line and hopefully Smith can give them what Rick Wagner did a few years ago.

Round 6, pick #186 –  Brian Hill, RB, Wyoming – Big tackle breaking back with 30 breakaway runs last year.  Scheme versatile as he excelled in zone and power blocking schemes. At 6’1″ and 220 pounds he is a load.  He had only 5 fumbles on 357 touches.

To summarize, I’ve selected Edge, C, DT, CB, WR, OT, and RB.  3 defensive players and 4 offensive players.  Admittedly it’s not a sexy draft, but one that makes sense and without mocking players that are ranked higher and will not be there by the time the Ravens get on the clock for each pick.  You can bet the Ravens will also be on the market for some priority undrafted free agents.  I expect them to sign some fullbacks and defensive backs.  One name to keep an eye out for – if he doesn’t get drafted – is the University of Maryland’s CB Will Likely.  One year removed from an awful knee injury, Likely has outstanding return skills and could also excel as a dime back.

 

 

 

Comments (0)

Marcus Peters

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Ravens 2015 Mock Draft 1.0 +

Posted on 24 January 2015 by Dennis Koulatsos

It’s never too early and it’s always fun to project an NFL mock draft, particularly on a day when the Senior Bowl will be broadcasting live from Mobile, Alabama. Draftniks such a myself simply live for this kind of stuff, and will keep a close eye on this game at 3:00 p.m. on the NFL Network. We’ll look for rising and falling players, to see who would look good in a Ravens uniform on April 30, 2015.

The Ravens has 6 picks in the 2015 draft, one in rounds 1 – 4, and 2 in the 7th. They got the extra 7th when they traded away Bryant McKinnie. The Ravens don’t have a 5th because they used it to acquire center Jeremy Zuttah, and they also gave up a 6th for a 7th rounder in a trade with the Browns in last year’s draft to acquire Michael Campanero.

The Ravens should get 3 compensatory picks due to the loss of Arthur Jones, Michael Oher, Corey Graham, and James Ihedigbo. Plus the Ravens should receive a 6th round draft pick from the Dallas Cowboys for the Rolando McClain trade. That should give the Ravens a total of 10 picks in this year’s draft. Since 1994 when the league started handing out compensatory draft picks, the Ravens have acquired 41. The next closest teams are the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers with 33. The Ravens have done a great job – easily the best in the league – in restocking their roster with compensatory draft picks.

I expect the Ravens to get a 4th, 5th, and 6th round compensatory pick from the league in the 2015 draft. Here is the direction that I think the Ravens are going to in the draft:

1. CB Marcus Peters – Washington.  The 6′ 198 pound junior was suspended from his team November 6, due to arguments with the coaching staff.  He’s not a bad guy, just very immature. The Ravens have a history of drafting immature prospects such as Terrell Suggs and Jimmy Smith.  Peters is arguably a top 15 prospect, and would certainly represent a “boom or bust” pick for Ozzie Newsome and company. The Ravens like to draft “red star” players, particularly this early in the draft. They also like to draft senior captains, and  Peters is neither a captain (obviously) nor a senior.  However, the Ravens were a shutdown corner away from advancing to the AFC Conference Championship, something that is not lost upon Newsome/DeCosta and company.  The much less riskier pick – Trae Waynes  – will be off of the board way before the Ravens pick, and the best of the rest (Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, PJ Williams) are undersized and have a future at nickel back in the NFL, and don’t make sense for what the Ravens are looking for in this spot. The Ravens could pick Ekpre-Olomu here (he’s a senior captain), but to me it would be a bit of a stretch.

2. WR Justin Hardy – East Carolina. He comes in at just under 5’11 and 190 pounds. He is the FBS career leader in receptions, he is a senior and a team captain. Hands like glue, great instincts, and feisty competitor. In the Senior Bowl practices this past week he’s displayed another gear while the ball is in the air. He has also shown the ability to gain separation, particularly when he is getting in and out of his breaks. The only weakness I’ve seen is that he’s about 50/50 on jump balls, where his (lack of) height is a bit of a hinderance. Other than that, Ozzie Newsome turns in his draft card quickly if Hardy is still there at #56 in round 2.

3. DE Nate Orchard – Utah. A 6’3″ 252 pound senior, Orchard signed with Utah as a wide receiver. That was obviously before his growth spurt, but it also shows the type of athlete that he is. With Dumervil and Suggs getting up there in age, and with the probable loss of Pernell McPhee to free agency, this pick makes sense here. He’s had a good week of practice at the Senior Bowl, and has really helped his draft status. Another name that we could possibly see here is Owamagde Obdighizuwa, a 6’4″ 266 senior DE from UCLA.

4. TE Maxx Williams – Minnesota. Only a redshirt sophomore, the 6’4″ 250 Williams looks an awful lot like Jason Whitten when your roll the tape. He is a bruising TE that does everything well. If he is gone by the time the Ravens pick, I still think they go TE in this slot, and take Jeff Heuerman, the 6’5″ 255 pound senior TE out of Ohio State. Heurman can flat out play, as his biggest problem in college was that the ball wasn’t thrown much in his direction.

4. RB David Cobb – Minnesota. A 5’11” 229 pound senior, Cobb has been another Senior Bowl standout during practices. He has good vision, and he is a downhill runner – traits that will endear him to coach John Harbaugh. He doesn’t do anything particularly great, but does everything well, including pass blocking. With uncertainty at the running back position (Forsett, Pierce), this pick makes sense here.

5. DT Marcus Hardison – Arizona State. 6’3″ 311 pound senior, is a very active and agile player. With uncertainty with age and cap space consideration along the defensive line (Ngata, Canty) coupled with injury concerns (Lewis-Moore, Urban), the Ravens could use some young moldable clay here.

6. CB Nick Marshall – Auburn. The Ravens take a shot here with Marshall, Auburn’s starting QB who’s attempting to make the transition to CB at the pro level. At 6′ 2″ 205, he has desirable length for the position. He’s also a very good athlete, and is a worthy gamble. Plus the Ravens need corners you know.

6. ILB Taiwan Jones – Michigan State. 6’3″ 258 pound senior, he’s an “old school” linebacker who has been the most physical player at the East-West Shrine Bowl practices. He’s also proving that he can be a 3 down linebacker, and with Daryl Smith approaching the end of his career, Jones is a fit here.

7. CB Byron Jones – Connecticut. The 6’1″ 196 pound senior missed the entire 2014 senior with shoulder surgeries. His career has been plagued by injuries, but when healthy Jones has shown the ability to play. Good size and speed, he tackles like a safety and he was also a senior captain.

7. P Kyle Loomis – Portland State. At 6’2″ 222 pounds, the senior punter absolutely booms the ball. The Ravens can save $2.5 million dollars by cutting Sam Koch, and would only absorb a $600k cap hit. Koch is a heck of a punter, but Ravens make a business move here.

Comments Off on Ravens 2015 Mock Draft 1.0 +

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

They Might Be Ravens: A Look at the 2014 Draft

Posted on 01 May 2014 by WNST Staff

Draft prognostication could easily re-brand itself as mental masturbation.

Todd McShay, Mel Kiper, Walt Cherepinsky, and anyone else regarded as an “expert” on who might choose who in next week’s NFL Draft, is merely taking a wild guess.

Things change.  Deals evolve.  GMs get pick-happy.  No one really knows what’s going to unfold in next Thursday’s first round, let alone the next six rounds that will carry on through the weekend.

Considering the track record of GM Ozzie Newsome, as well as today’s new that he openly stated the team is already fielding calls and offers to trade out of its first round spot, it’s nearly impossible to predict–with any degree of accuracy–who the Baltimore Ravens will select.

Instead of predicting via traditional mock-draft style, in this series, we’ll do a deep-dive into some of the potential early-round picks and their likelihood of donning a purple jersey this fall.

The following players, in one way or another, have the best shot at being the Ravens’ first draft pick–whether that pick comes at 17 or doesn’t happen until the second-round, these are the players that it’s safe to assume the Ravens have the most interest in–partly due to position, mostly due to talent on the board.

In the coming week, this series will highlight each of these players individually.

Taylor Lewan, Offensive Tackle, Michigan:  Will likely be long-gone by pick 17–unless his off-the-field issues turn out to be more troublesome than originally thought.

Zach Martin, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame:  Originally thought as a mid-first-rounder, it’s looking more likely that he will be closer to the first-half of the first-round.

Morgan Moses, Offensive Tackle, Virginia:  Depending on who you talk to and who you read, Moses is a fringe-first-rounder with a lot of upside.  The only issue is that he is a true left tackle–where the Ravens need a right.

Cyrus Kouandijo, Offensive Tackle, Alabama: Even though he has tremendous size (6-6, 322) he’s been labeled as un-athletic and slow–also has a history of knee issues.

JaWuan James, Offensive Tackle, Tennessee:  A smart, high-character player, he lacks footwork and polish.

Eric Ebron, Tight End, North Carolina:  A true playmaker and matchup nightmare, there’s little chance he’ll be available after pick 12.

Troy Niklas, Tight End, Notre Dame:  Not a first-rounder, he could be a player the Ravens consider if they do trade out of the first round and pick up a second, second-round pick.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Safety, Alabama:  Originally thought to be one of the Ravens’ favorites, he’s crept much further up the board, perhaps into the top-10.

Calvin Pryor, Safety, Louisville:  It’s possible he’ll be available at pick-17, the only problem is that he’ll be there because other teams are shying away from him due to his inability to make big defensive plays.

Darqueze Dennard, Cornerback, Michigan State:  One of the most talented corners in the draft, it’s likely he won’t fall as far as 17, but if he does, don’t be surprised if the Ravens don’t take a hard look.

Bradley Roby, Cornerback, Ohio State:  It’s unlikely the Ravens would take him at 17, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility.

Kyle Fuller, Cornerback, Virginia Tech:  See comment on Roby.

Justin Gilbert, Cornerback, Oklahoma State:  A fringe-first rounder, he’s more likely a candidate to be taken in the second-round, should be be there when the Ravens hit the clock.

Brandin Cooks, Wide Receiver, Oregon State:  An absolute burner, the Ravens will certainly kick the tires if players like Lewan and Clinton-Dix are off-the-board.

Cody Latimer, Wide Receiver, Indiana:  It’s possible, barring a trade out of the first round, armed with two second-round picks, the Ravens would take a flier on this boom-or-bust pick.

Carlos Hyde, Running Back, Ohio State:  Probably not really on the Ravens’ radar, but he’s the number-one back in the draft–a true position of need.

Terrance West, Running Back, Towson:  The local product could very well be a second-round target for his hometown team.

CJ Mosely, Linebacker, Alabama: Considering Newsome’s affinity for his alma mater, this isn’t too much of a stretch.

Anthony Barr, Linebacker, UCLA:  This could be a dark horse pick, as Barr is a pass-rushing specialist with a ton of upside–he could be the “best player on the board” by the time the Ravens pick at 17.

Stay tuned for individual analysis–“MM”–on each of these players.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments Off on They Might Be Ravens: A Look at the 2014 Draft