Well, the 2015 NFL Combine helped crystalize a few things in regards to the upcoming NFL draft. Quentin Rollins, whom I had mocked to the Ravens in round one, ran a disappointing 4.57 in the 40 yard dash. That screams nickel corner or safety. Rollins has great instincts and undeniable ball skills, but to me no longer projects to go late in the first round. More than likely he’ll drop to the bottom of the 2nd round, or to the top of the 3rd.
So without further ado, here’s what my reshuffled Ravens draft board looks like:
1. Alvin Dupree – DE, Kentucky Rush end who had a terrific combine. Looked very much the part. Ran a 4.56 40 with a 42″ vertical. Only concern is that when you watch tape on him, he disappears at times. When he does appear, he looks an awful lot like Terrell Suggs.
2. Devin Smith – WR, Ohio State Ran a 4.42 40 with a 39″ vertical. I can’t get the visual out of my head of him blowing up a kick returner in the Senior Bowl, as he came down the flank in the role of a gunner. He’s a football player, and no receiver at the combine tracked the deep ball better.
3. Stevie Nelson – CB, Oregon State 5’10 196 with 4.49 speed in the 40 and good strength with 19 reps at the combine. Did a good job against Jaelen Strong, and also had a good Senior Bowl. Very competitive, and he’s also good in run support. Love his nickname too – “Mighty Mouse.”
4. Ben Koyack – TE Notre Dame 6’5 255 I’m convinced that the Ravens are going to take a TE in this spot. The only question remains as to which one they’re going to pick. I’m a bigger fan of the Penn State TE Jesse James, but I believe his combine #s moved him up to the 3rd round. The Ravens will also consider FSU’s O’Leary, Rutgers’ Kroft (they interviewed him at the combine), and OSU’s Heuerman. It’s also noteworthy that the Ravens also interviewed Koyack, which is the basis as to why I’m slotting him here.
4. David Johnson – RB Northern Iowa Love this pick! Johnson followed up standout Senior Bowl performance, with a solid combine. He’s 6’1″ 224, ran a 4.50 40, 41″ + vertical leap, and showed good strength and explosiveness by putting up 225 x 25 times on the bench. He also has great hands out of the backfield, and he will fit perfectly in Marc Trestman’s offense.
5. Quandre Diggs – CB, Texas 4 year starter with 36 career starts under his belt. Probably the best DB in the conference. Doesn’t do anything great, but does a lot of things well. Ozzie Newsome experience life with a shortage of corners, and makes sure that it won’t happen again.
6. Taiwan Jones – ILB, Michigan State Ran a 4.95 40 at the combine, so I think his stock fell a little bit. Still he is a classic thumper who shined in the East-West Shrine Bowl. Downhill LB who may make the team on the strength of his performance in short yardage and goal line situations.
6. Max Valles – OLB, Virginia Had a decent combine. Redshirt sophomore who is still developing. Has high ceiling and potential as a rush end. Could be moldable clay in the form of the departing Pernell McPhee.
7. Ryan Delaire – DE, Towson. Pulled a groin running the 40, but still got an interview by the Ravens. Long arms, and very productive career from this UMass transfer.
7. Kyle Loomis – P, Portland State. Sticking with the punter here, through thick and thin.