The Ravens need some major offensive help, and I've had them taking Calvin Ridley for the past billion updates. Ridley still makes sense, but it might be a bit too early for him, and I think Baltimore could go in a different direction.
The offensive line must be upgraded, and Orlando Brown would start immediately at right tackle, which was a big problem area for Baltimore. Brown would continue the legacy of his late, great father, who was a dominant presence for Baltimore in the late 90s.
Rd. 2, Pk. 20
Anthony Averett, CB, Alabama
Unless Brandon Carr takes a big pay cut, I can't see him being back next year. The Ravens could pursue another cornerback early in the draft if Carr leaves.
Rd. 3, Pk. 19
Dalton Schultz, TE, Stanford
Ben Watson doesn't have much time remaining in the NFL, while Maxx Williams has been a disappointment thus far. Here's another new weapon for Joe Flacco.
Rd. 4, Pk. 18
Kalen Ballage, RB, Arizona State
Alex Collins isn't a bad running back, but he's nothing special. The Ravens need a new lead back.
Rd. 5, Pk. 17
Javon Wims, WR, Georgia
The Ravens could go with a receiver as early as 16th overall. If they pass on Calvin Ridley, this will be a possibility.
After losing Ricky Wagner in free agency, Baltimore could use a right tackle to pair with Ronnie Stanley. I've heard from sources that the Ravens are high on Robinson and have him as their top-rated offensive tackle.
Robinson (6-6, 322) played well in 2016 overall, consistently opening holes in the ground game and showing improved technique in pass protection. He shut down Arkansas' Deatrich Wise Jr., and there was only one ugly play where Ole Miss' Marquis Haynes bull rushed Robinson. Against Tennessee, Derek Barnett beat Robinson for a strip-sack and some other pressures. Robinson had some wins as well, but it showed that Robinson isn't an elite, "top of the draft," shutdown left tackle prospect. He had a better game against Myles Garrett, keeping the Aggies' superstar from recording a sack. Robinson looked quicker and more athletic during 2016 than in past years. Sources say that Robinson lost 10-15 pounds over last offseason, and that definitely paid off.
Robinson was a freshman sensation for the Crimson Tide in 2014 and started every game at left tackle after arriving at Alabama. He was the leader on an offensive line that allowed only 16 sacks in 2014. It didn't go as well in 2015 as Robinson allowed pressure and sacks on the quarterback, especially early in the year. He was better down the stretch, however, and it wasn't all that surprising that he took his play to another level in 2016.
For the NFL, Robinson could be best in the long run at right tackle. If he plays left tackle, he could be above-average. Some sources have compared him to the Buccaneers' Donovan Smith. Robinson provides an impact as a run blocker and has the potential to be a reliable pass protector. On a different note, he was able to skate on an arrest over the offseason before the 2016 season for possession of pot and an illegal gun.
Rd. 2, Pk. 2
Chris Wormley, DT/DE/3-4DE, Michigan
The Ravens get their replacement for Timmy Jernigan.
Wormley notched 40 tackles with nine for a loss and six sacks in 2016. His pass rush looked improved as a senior. Michigan had a tough defense in 2015 led by a tremendous defensive line, and Wormley was the Wolverines' leading defensive end. He recorded 43 tackles with 6.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for a loss on the year.
At 6-foot-5, 297 pounds, Wormley has versatile size to play in a either a 4-3 or a 3-4 defense. In a 3-4, he would be a five-technique defensive end. In a 4-3, he could play tackle, end or both. Wormley needs to continue to develop his pass-rushing moves.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Tim Williams, OLB/DE/3-4OLB, Alabama
The Ravens could use some more young edge-rushing talent after cutting Elvis Dumervil. They've shown interest in the talented, but troubled, Williams.
In 2016, Williams totaled nine sacks, 16 tackles for a loss, 31 tackles, two forced fumbles and a pass batted. He put steady pressure on the quarterback all season. Sources, however, have told me that they have massive off-the-field concerns with Williams. He failed numerous drug tests at Alabama, and some sources say that he has Randy Gregory-like issues with substance abuse. Multiple teams think Williams could slide, and they won't take him in Round 1 of the 2017 NFL Draft even though he is a definite first-round talent. It could end up causing him to slide to Day 2 like Gregory.
The 6-foot-3, 244-pounder came on really strong as a pass-rushing force to close out the 2015 season and help the Crimson Tide win a National Championship. He totaled 10.5 sacks, 12.5 tackles for a loss and 19 tackles on the year. It will be interesting to see if Williams can develop into an every-down defender. There is no doubt that he is a fast edge rusher with a nose for the quarterback.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Noah Brown, WR, Ohio State
The Ravens could grab a receiving upgrade for Joe Flacco.
In 2016, Brown had just 32 receptions for 402 yards, but there were seven touchdowns among those catches. The 6-foot-2, 222-pounder racked up four scores against Oklahoma and victimized Jordan Thomas. Brown had a lot of talent to break out in 2017, but he decided to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Rasul Douglas, CB, West Virginia
The Ravens grab a sleeper cornerback.
Douglas (6-2, 204) is a junior college product who didn't play much as a junior. However, he made the most of his senior year as he tied as the nation's leader with eight interceptions. Douglas also recorded 70 tackles and eight passes broken up.
Sources say that Douglas has good size to him for the NFL, and they see him being a big press-man corner with ball skills. He also has early round potential, but sources say that since Douglas is a 1-year wonder, he needed to impress at the Senior Bowl. That didn't really happen as his time in Mobile was filled with highlights and lowlights.
Rd. 5, Pk. 5
K.D. Cannon, WR, Baylor
The Ravens could use a couple of receivers after losing Steve Smith to retirement.
Rd. 6, Pk. 6
Richie Brown, ILB/OLB, Mississippi State
The Ravens could use some inside linebacker depth after letting Arthur Brown leave.
The Ravens badly need a No. 1 receiver. <br> <br>
In 2017, Sutton recorded 68 catches for 1,085 yards with 12 touchdowns. He totaled 76 receptions in 2016 for 1,246 yards - a 16.5-yard average - with 10 touchdowns in 2016. The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder has size to him, and in 2015, he showed big-play ability by averaging 17.6 yards per catch. For the year, the redshirt freshman totaled 862 yards and nine touchdowns on 49 receptions. If Sutton got a little more "Dez Bryant to him," aka playing more physically and bullying defensive backs, he could be tremendous in the NFL. <br> <br>
Scouting sources really like Sutton and think he is a mismatch weapon. One playoff general manager said they loved Sutton and thought he could end up becoming the best receiver from his draft class. Another scouting director told WalterFootball.com that, in studying up on players before hitting the road for college training camps before the 2016 season, Sutton's tape really stood out, and he continued to impress them over the next two seasons. Sutton is a long-strider, and sources say his speed is comparable to TCU's Josh Doctson, who the Redskins took in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
The Ravens badly need a No. 1 receiver. <br> <br>
Ridley took 63 catches for 967 yards and five touchdowns in 2017. He totaled 82 yards on seven receptions with a touchdown against Florida State and its NFL-level secondary. The 6-foot-1, 188-pounder Ridley was capable of producing a lot more, but Alabama's ground-based offense and running quarterback limited his opportunities. If Ridley had played at a school like West Virginia, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, or pretty much any Big XII school, his production would have been off the charts. Ridley has quality height, speed and upside for the NFL. He does have a thinner frame though, and will need to add weight. <br> <br>
In 2016, Ridley made 72 catches for 769 yards with seven touchdowns. He had a tremendous freshman season for the Crimson Tide as the replacement for Amari Cooper. Ridley was very effective in that role with 89 receptions for 1,045 yards with seven touchdowns. He finished the 2015 season with impressive performances against Florida and Michigan State to help push Alabama to the National Championship.
The Ravens could use multiple wide receivers to improve their targets for Joe Flacco. Mike Wallace is an impending free agent, while Breshad Perriman looks like he is headed towards bust status. <br> <br>
Kirk has 42 catches for 455 yards and five touchdowns in 2017. He also has produced some big kick and punt returns. Kirk is seeing a lot of double coverage his direction, and quarterback Kelly Mond has struggled to get Kirk the ball. As a result, some teams are down on Kirk. A few teams said they had him graded as a 2/3- - second- to third-rounder. One team said they had him as late in the first round, but another said Round 3. <br> <br>
Kirk played well in 2016 despite inconsistent quarterback play from the Aggies. He had 83 receptions for 928 yards with nine touchdowns while splitting targets with wideouts like Josh Reynolds and Ricky Seals-Jones. Kirk is a quick, explosive play-maker. Multiple scouting sources have compared Kirk to Sterling Shepard and Jarvis Landry. <br> <br>
Kirk (5-11, 200) had an outstanding freshman debut for Texas A&M and earned playing time over more veteran receivers who had previously produced for the Aggies. In 2015, Kirk caught 80 passes for 1,009 yards with seven touchdowns. He averaged only 19.3 yards per kick return, but averaged 24.4 yards per punt returns and took two for touchdowns.
The Ravens are another team that is tough for me to predict. I know their offense is bad, but it never really was their strength even when they won the Super Bowl. They always played good enough to compliment their stout defense, which figures to be good again this year. I would not be surprised if they pick here in the middle of the pack or out perform people's expectation.
If they do pick here upgrading their offense is going to be an obvious pick here. Whether it is a receiver, running back, or blocker to help Flacco out. They tend to develop blockers well so waiting on that is fine and if Perriman shows promise at receiver they can also wait on that. However, right now Terrence West is their starting back and Ken Dixon cannot stay clean on or off the field. Guice to me is a better talent for the NFL than Fournette is and in a few years or so will show why thanks to his all around talent.
The Ravens badly need more receiving weapons.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Washington can stretch teams vertically with his speed. Some team sources told me they graded him as a mid-rounder. Washington has a running back-like build and is not really twitchy. He is still deceptively fast, but that is speed he builds up rather than quick explosiveness. They say that Washington has good hands, but doesn't really make players miss after the catch. One team source said they graded Washington as a late fourth-rounder for the 2018 NFL Draft. <br> <br>
In 2017, Washington has 69 receptions for 1,423 yards and 12 touchdowns. He made 71 receptions for 1,380 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2016. As a sophomore, Washington snagged 53 passes for 1,087 yards with 10 scores.