Rd. 1, Pk. 27
Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
Ozzie Newsome promised everyone that they'd be shocked by this pick. Perhaps a big trade down was what he was referring to.
The Ravens have a huge hole at tight end that they would love to address. Dallas Goedert is getting some first-round consideration, and I know that a couple of teams picking early in Round 2 will have their hearts broken if Goedert is chosen at this juncture.
*** OTHER 2018 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***
1. Hayden Hurst, TE - Perhaps the Ravens will take Hurst over Dallas Goedert.
2. Lamar Jackson, QB - It wouldn't surprise anyone if the Ravens took Jackson themselves.
Pick change; previously Lamar Jackson, QB
Rd. 2, Pk. 20
Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
The offensive line must be upgraded, and Orlando Brown would start immediately at right tackle, which was a big problem area for Baltimore. Brown, despite struggling at the combine, would continue the legacy of his late, great father, who was a dominant presence for Baltimore in the late 90s.
Rd. 3, Pk. 19
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. 4, Pk. 18
Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama
Alex Collins isn't a bad running back, but he's nothing special. The Ravens need a new lead back.
Rd. 5, Pk. 17
Genard Avery, ILB, Memphis
The Ravens could use some help next to C.J. Mosley, and Genrard Avery has generated some interest from them.
Rd. 6, Pk. 16
Tyler Conklin, TE, Central Michigan
The Ravens signed Ben Watson, but they obviously need to find a long-term solution at tight end.
Rd. 6, Pk. 41
Dylan Cantrell, WR, Texas Tech
Given Joe Flacco's lack of weaponry, it should surprise no one if the Ravens add multiple receivers.
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.
For now, I'm sticking with Ridley, but soon I will probably drop him and have Baltimore go in a different direction. Ozzie Newsome might do something out of the box in his final draft and set the Ravens up with Lamar Jackson as their quarterback of the future. I'm going to be digging to try to find out Baltimore's mindset. Still, the Ravens badly need a No. 1 receiver. Michael Crabtree is a just a No. 2 and John Brown is a No.3 receiver. Taking Courtland Sutton, D.J. Moore, or Ridley would give them a nice option to pair with Crabtree and Brown. <br> <br>
Ridley reeled in 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, 189-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 badly need a No. 1 receiver. Taking Courtland Sutton or Calvin Ridley would give them a nice option to pair with Mike Wallace, assuming Wallace is re-signed. <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. The 6-foot-4, 218-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 finds 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 could use more help on the offensive line. Here's a tackle to replace Ricky Wagner. <br> <br>
As a senior, McGlinchey has blocked well for Notre Dame. The 6-foot-7, 310-pounder is a tough run blocker and has been part of a good Notre Dame line for years. He has good enough feet and athletic ability to get depth in his kick slide and cut off speed rushers. As a run blocker, McGlinchey can get movement at the point of attack. He flashes heavy hands to push defenders out of their gaps and open holes for his back. McGlinchey also has a nice ability to bend at the knee, and that in combination with his feet, keeps him from having to reach after edge rushers. He uses his strength to sustain blocks and has developed good hand placement. His performance in 2017 and 2016 protecting Notre Dame's quarterbacks is evidence that McGlinchey is a future starting left tackle in the NFL and a first-round pick. <br> <br>
McGlinchey was very impressive at left tackle for the Fighting Irish in 2016. He looked natural in pass protection, and one wouldn't have thought that he wasn't playing the position before last season. In 2015, McGlinchey showed well as a right tackle and had a more physical style of play than former Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley. The one area that McGlinchey really needs to improve is his repeated problem with false starts.
The Ravens have shown interest in Jackson, and Joe Flacco has struggled over the past few seasons. I think Ozzie Newsome likes the idea of setting up Baltimore for the long term at the most important position on the field. The Ravens have signed Robert Griffin III this offseason as well. With Flacco and Griffin, Baltimore has time to work with and develop Jackson. I think the signs point to the Ravens being open to changing their offensive philosophy and going to a dual-threat quarterback. <br> <br>
In 2017, Jackson completed 59 percent of his passes for 3,660 yards with 27 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also averaged 6.9 yards per carry on the ground on his way to 1,443 yards and 17 rushing touchdowns. One general manager told me they think Jackson could be deserving of going high in the first round because he's a taller and better version of Michael Vick. In speaking to multiple league sources including a few general managers, they think Jackson is being undervalued right now, similar to Deshaun Watson a year ago. <br> <br>
Jackson has a great athletic skill set, including a powerful arm that can make all throws the NFL requires and some rare passes. While his tremendous running ability gets a lot of attention, Jackson is better passing from the pocket than he is given credit for. Jackson can take some shots and deliver good passes in the face of the rush. He also handled Bobby Petrino's scheme well. Jackson can be inconsistent with his accuracy, and he needs to add weight to his frame for the NFL. He also needs to develop maturity in his leadership skills as he can be of one of the guys too much. <br> <br>
Jackson (6-2, 216) set college football on fire in 2016 while winning the Heisman Trophy. He was a massive point-producer for the Cardinals. Jackson completed 56 percent of his passes for 3,543 yards with 30 touchdowns and nine interceptions on the year. He also ran for 21 touchdowns and 1,571 yards while averaging six yards per carry.
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.
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Rd. 1, Pk. 25
Hayden Hurst, TE
Good for the Ravens for trading down twice. They wanted a tight end, but it would've been insane to take either Hayden Hurst or Dallas Goedert at No. 16. At No. 25, it's much more reasonable.
The Ravens are filling a big need here with Hurst, and they got good value via the trades. The one concern with Hurst is his age (25), which could mean that he's already maxed out, but Baltimore should be getting a player who can help Joe Flacco quite a bit.
Rd. 1, Pk. 32
Lamar Jackson, QB
It's so weird that the Ravens passed on Lamar Jackson several picks ago, allowing him to slip to the Steelers, who were rumored to like him. That doesn't exactly show that they have a lot of confidence in him.
And yet, the Ravens traded up for him. It's strange, but I think it's an excellent decision. Jackson has a lot to work on - he's very raw; his mechanics need to be repaired; his accuracy is inconsistent; and his Wonderlic score was super low (13) - but his potential is through the roof. I believe he'll be a very good starter in the NFL if he gets great coaching, and he should have that in Baltimore.
I love this fit. The Ravens can sit Jackson behind Joe Flacco for a couple of years before he's ready. There's also a chance Jackson could play sooner than that, given Flacco's injury history. Jackson could have easily been chosen at No. 16, so he provides great value at the end of the first round, trade or not. This is an A+ pick.
Rd. 3, Pk. 19
Orlando Brown, OT
I feel like everyone on the NFL Network telecast loves this because of 'Member Berries. Orlando Brown's late, great father was an amazing blocker for the Ravens. This version of Orlando Brown isn't nearly as good, or as motivated. Brown had one of the worst workouts of all time at the combine, as it didn't look like he cared. Brown has physical talent, so I don't hate this pick, but Baltimore better make sure it motivates this guy, or he won't be in the NFL very long.
Rd. 4, Pk. 18
Anthony Averett, CB
Man, I'm going to miss Ozzie Newsome, as his picks were very predictable. Anthony Averett could've been chosen in the third round - I had him to Baltimore there - so this is a nice value pick, as the Ravens get some much-needed secondary depth.
Rd. 4, Pk. 22
Kenny Young, ILB
Kenny Young makes sense in the middle of the fourth round. He had a productive career at UCLA, but didn't test very well athletically. He might miss some tackles, but he should be able to cover well for the Ravens.
Rd. 4, Pk. 32
Jaleel Scott, WR
The Ravens are swinging for the fences here, as Jaleel Scott has plenty of athletic talent, but has questionable hands and happens to be very raw. I would've taken Jaleel Scott a bit later, but the pick makes sense.
Rd. 5, Pk. 25
Jordan Lasley, WR
Jordan Lasley is coming off a great year, but he has some major holes in his game. His route-running isn't very good, and he drops too many passes. He also has character issues. This doesn't seem like a very good pick.
Rd. 6, Pk. 16
DeShon Elliott, S
DeShon Elliott was expected to be drafted earlier than this because he's a big name. However, this drop isn't too much of a surprise. Elliott's coverage skills for the NFL seem pretty dubious. He'll play well versus the run, but he could be a liability versus the pass. Still, the value here is decent enough to warrant a "B" grade.
Rd. 6, Pk. 38
Greg Senat, OT
Greg Senat could have been chosen earlier than the sixth round for sure. He has quality strength and can move around pretty well. The Ravens needed to shore up their offensive line, and Senat should be able to provide quality depth.
Rd. 6, Pk. 41
Bradley Bozeman, C
One more Crimson Tide player for the road? Why not? Bradley Bozeman is a sound technician who probably should have been taken a round earlier. I like this pick for the Ravens, as they needed to add offensive line depth.
Rd. 7, Pk. 20
Zach Seiler, DE
Zach Sieler was a late riser after thriving at his pro day. He's very smart, and he's a hard worker; he was a 215-pound walk-on several years ago, and he has since bulked up to 6-6, 290, giving him an ideal frame for a five-technique in the NFL.