Ravens Mock Draft 2.0
In my last mock draft, I had the Ravens selecting Edge defender Joey Bosa with their first round pick. However, there is a decent chance that Bosa and the other top defensive prospects in this draft are off the board when the Ravens are on the clock. BSL analyst Jason Hirschhorn described a scenario like this where no QB is taken top 5 and the Ravens are in the driver’s seat to trade their pick to a QB needy team. In this exercise, I’m going to take a look at what the Ravens draft might look like if the decided to trade out of the #6 selection.
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1. Tennessee – Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
2. Cleveland – Joey Bosa, Edge, Ohio State
3. San Diego – Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State
4. Dallas – DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon
5. Jacksonville – Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
If the board plays out like this, the Ravens could still take OT Ronnie Stanley, RB Ezekiel Elliott or CB Vernon Hargreaves, but they would most likely get better value by trading back with a team like the Los Angeles Rams who need a franchise QB and also have the draft picks to make it work. For the purpose of this mock draft, I have the Rams trading their first round pick (15) and both of their second round picks (43 and 45) to move up to #6 overall.
6. Los Angeles – Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
7. San Francisco – Jared Goff, QB, Cal
8. Philadelphia – Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
9. Tampa Bay – Shaq Lawson, Edge, Clemson
10. NYG – Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
11. Chicago – Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
12. New Orleans – Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
13. Miami – Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
14. Oakland – William Jackson III, CB, Houston
The Ravens are in another interesting position here. According to my board the BPA would be Robert Nkemdiche, but the FO might not be comfortable taking a player with his perceived character issues. I think it is a bit of a reach to take an OT or a pass-rusher outside of Nkemdiche here. WR might be the best option here, or the Ravens could consider trading down again and accumulating even more draft picks. Another interesting possibility would be for the Ravens to use one of those picks they got from the Rams to trade up and maybe still snag Stanley, Hargreaves or Treadwell. In this mock I am going to give the Ravens WR Corey Coleman who may be the most exciting offensive playmaker in the draft.
15. Baltimore – Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
16. Detroit – Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss
17. Atlanta – Kevin Dodd, Edge, Clemson
18. Indianapolis – Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
19. Buffalo – Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
20. NYJ – Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
21. Washington – Noah Spence, Edge, Eastern Kentucky
22. Houston – Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
23. Minnesota – Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
24. Cincinatti – Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
25. Pittsburgh – Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
26. Seattle – A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
27. Green Bay – Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
28. Kansas City – Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
29. Arizona – Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
30. Carolina – Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
31. Denver – Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
32. Cleveland – Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
33. Tennessee – Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
34. Dallas – Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
35. San Diego – Leonard Floyd, Edge, Georgia
Ravens Assistant General Manager Eric DeCosta recently stated that he feels more pressure to get the #36 pick right than #6. There are a number of different directions they could go with their second pick in the draft which is why it is so important to get it right. I think they might look to solidify the defensive line here and pick up one of the more intriguing prospects in the draft at this point.
36. Baltimore – Chris Jones, DL, Miss State
37. San Francisco – Emmanuel Ogbah, Edge, Oklahoma State
38. Jacksonville – Karl Joseph, Safety, West Virginia
39. Tampa Bay – Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
40. NYG – Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh
41. Chicago – Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech
42. Miami – Artie Burns, CB, Miami
In this trade back scenario, the Ravens would have two of the next three picks, and while they have missed out on the top CBs in this class they can still pick up some very talented players here in the second round. I am going to go back to the trenches and select the best player available along the OL and one of the top pass-rushers in this draft class.
43. Baltimore – Shilique Calhoun, Edge, Michigan State
44. Oakland – Vonn Bell, Safety, Ohio State
45. Baltimore – Cody Whitehair, OL, Kansas State
46. Detroit – Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma
47. New Orleans – Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
48. Indianapolis – Jonathan Bullard, DE, Florida
49. Buffalo – Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers
50. Atlanta – Su’a Cravens, Safety/LB, USC
51. NYJ – Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State
52. Houston – Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas
53. Washington – Vadal Alexander, OG, LSU
54. Minnesota – Joshua Perry, LB, Ohio State
55. Cincinatti – Rashard Higgins, WR, Colorado State
56. Seattle – Germain Ifedi, OT, aTm
57. Green Bay – Bronson Kaufusi, DE, BYU
58. Pittsburgh – Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State
59. Kansas City – Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor
60. New England – Nick Martin, C, Notre Dame
61. New England – Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State
62. Carolina – Devontae Booker, RB, Utah
63. Denver – Sheldon Day, DT, Notre Dame
1(15) Corey Coleman (5’11”, 194) WR, Baylor
I’ve previously written about Corey Coleman (#1), and I think he has the most upside of any WR in this draft and he is hands down the best offensive playmaker. He is a fiery competitor and would benefit greatly from playing alongside veteran Steve Smith as he needs to develop his route running skills. His speed is legitimate and he is electric with the ball in his hands.
2(36) Chris Jones (6’6”, 310) DT, Miss State
Jones (#98) is a massive defensive line prospect who has tremendous upside. He can play all along the line and shows impressive pass-rushing prowess while also being a stout run defender, consistently demonstrating the ability to penetrate into the backfield and make plays. Jones might be one of the most underrated players in the draft and I think the Ravens would be thrilled to add his talents at the top of the second round.
2(43) Shilique Calhoun (6’4”, 251) Edge, Michigan State
Calhoun (#89) is a very promising pass-rusher with good size and length and the athleticism necessary to play OLB. He has a quick first step and the flexibility to bend the edge. He needs to get stronger against the run, but he has the frame to add a little weight and get stronger.
2(45) Cody Whitehair (6’4”, 301) OL, Kansas State
Whitehair (#55) is a very technically sound and versatile offensive lineman who has lots of experience playing both guard and tackle in college. He might project better to the interior of the OL, but he has the athleticism to play outside as well.
3 (70) Will Redmond (5’11”, 182) CB, Miss State
Redmond (#2) is coming off an ACL injury which probably causes him to fall farther in the draft than he should. He has good size and displays impressive coverage skills and quickness on tape.
4(104) C.J. Prosise (6’0”, 220) RB, Notre Dame
A carryover from my last mock draft, Prosise (#20) has the potential to be one of the best RBs in this draft class. He has the size, speed and ball-skills to be a dynamic three down back but because of his lack of experience he will likely be available later than he should.
4(130) Mike Thomas (6’1”, 200) WR, Southern Miss
I think the Ravens can not only afford to double dip at WR, but with all of the volatility at the position, the Ravens would be well served taking another potential playmaker here. Thomas (#88) has good size and with a 4.40 40 time at his Pro Day, has the speed to be a real threat in the NFL.
4(132) Nick Kwiatkoski (6’2”, 243) LB, West Virginia
Kwiatkoski (#35) is an interesting LB prospect who seems to be falling under the radar. He has good size and above average athleticism which shows up in his ability to cover in space. If the Ravens miss out on a player like Myles Jack, Kwiatkoski would be a nice fall back option.
4(134) Joe Haeg (6’6”, 304) OT, North Dakota State
The Ravens love to find guys from smaller schools and Haeg (#59) could be the next diamond in the rough. Playing in the FCS, it is fair to question the competition he faced, but he looked the part during Senior Bowl week and has the size, length and athleticism teams look for at the OT position.
6(182) KeiVarae Russell (5’11”, 192) CB, Notre Dame
I mentioned Russell (#6) as a prospect who could be a late round steal in my recent article, and if he is still available at this point in the draft he would be hard to pass on. He has limited experience and some off the field baggage, but he possesses excellent size and athleticism to go along with impressive play of the field.
6(209) Steven Daniels (5’11”, 243) LB, Boston College
Daniels (#52) is the run-stuffing thumper compliment to the more rangy Kwiatkoski. Daniels doesn’t possess great size or athleticism but he is hardnosed and physical, willing to take on blockers and do the dirty work inside.
If the Ravens could manage a draft day haul like this, I think it would be a great success even if it meant not getting any of the “elite” talents in the draft. In this scenario, I was able to address OL depth, pass-rush, LB and DL while still coming away with one of the top playmakers in the draft. Trading back also opens up more potential to move around in the draft, even trading back up in the first round as they did in 2008 to land Joe Flacco.
Gabe is an avid fan of the NFL and Ravens football. He grew up in Westminster, MD, and attended college at Johns Hopkins University majoring in Biology. He earned his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and now works as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles where he studies cartilage development and cancer. Gabe has appeared as a guest on 105.7 The Fan.