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Who I want the Ravens to take in 2018
Published at 4/2/2018
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Round One, Pick 16: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

If he lasts until 16, McGlinchey is a perfect fit for the Ravens. He's a massive, technically sound OT who would bolster a position where the Ravens have struggled since Ricky Wagner left. 

Round Two, Pick 52: Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State

I firmly believe Gesicki will be a tight end in the vein of Kelce and Gronk. Being a superb athlete is the ultimate quality for a tight end, and Gesicki's combination of speed and strength will make him a top tier tight end at the next level.

Round Three, Pick 83: Marcell Ateman, WR, Oklahoma State

I was watching Mason Rudolph on tape and my main takeaway was this: Marcell Ateman is brutally overlooked. He has great hands, amazing size, speed after the catch, and was a really dominant player. A receiving corps should look like a basketball team - a mix of different heights - and the Ravens are missing that big bodied receiver

Round Four, Pick 118:  Marcus Allen, S, Penn State

A Maryland native who could fall to the 4th round, Allen could certainly be the BPA but also fills an understated need: the Ravens are pretty thin at safety. Weddle is old and Jefferson underperformed last year, so finding a future starter in this draft would be very valuable

Round Five, Pick 154: Dimitri Flowers, FB, Oklahoma

I personally love the utilisation of a dynamic fullback, hence the loss of Kyle Juszczyk last season was painful for me. Flowers is a real swiss army knife. He can catch, block, and run at a tough level. I like him as a goalline back, I like him on some quick seam routes and some check-downs, and I like him lead blocking out the backfield.

Round Six, Pick 190: Cody O'Connell, OG, Washington State

He is huge. Like, making Orlando Brown look sub-average huge. 6'9 and 363lbs are two stats that will blow people away but may be a turn off due to the lack of mobility which comes with that weight. However, O'Connell is not a bad mover and would be a great developmental lineman for the Ravens.

Round Six, Pick 215: Joel Lanning, ILB, Iowa State

This guy has a great story. He's played everywhere. Linebacker, running back, even QB! This guy was productive in his season at LB, and his character and willingness to play football rather than just linebacker sets him up to be a standout special teamer and a developmental guy

Round Seven, Pick 238: Trey Quinn, WR, Southern Methodist

An explosive high school WR, Quinn could be a nice slot receiver, adding more depth at the receiver position, and rounding off an offensive draft for the Ravens.

Other potential picks:

Will Hernandez: Great athletic O-Lineman

Nick Chubb: Power back to complement Alex Collins

Rashaad Penny: A productive back who would help the Ravens

Shaquem Griffin: Everyone's favourite draftee 

Mike White, Luke Falk: Two great second tier QBs who could back up Flacco

Desmond Harrison: An undersized O-Lineman who the Ravens brought in for a workout

Mark Andrews: Not as athletic as Gesicki, but really brings production and a red zone threat 







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