The Ravens lost Ricky Wagner to free agency and have failed to replace him. This tackle class isn't very strong, but Cam Robinson provides decent value at No. 16 overall. If Ozzie Newsome's affinity for Alabama players wasn't enough to convince you that this is a likely pick, check out the NFL Draft Rumor Mill, where Charlie Campbell reported that the Ravens really like Robinson.
Rd. 2, Pk. 15
Charles Harris, DE/3-4OLB/OLB, Missouri
The top pass-rushers were all off the board by the time the Ravens were on the clock at No. 16 in this mock draft update. Luckily for them, this class is stacked as far as edge rushers are concerned. A replacement for Elvis Dumervil can be obtained here.
Rd. 3, Pk. 14
Malachi Dupre, WR, LSU
The Ravens were hoping to sign Torrey Smith, but he opted to join the Eagles instead. I'm sure the Ravens will look into selecting a receiver at some point.
Ozzie Newsome will be praised once again for taking a player who should have not fallen to his choice. Barnett produced like a beast at Tennessee; producing 3 double digit sack seasons. Ozzie would be all for that given the Ravens lack of pass rush this past season. To make matters worse their best pass rushers are both aged vets at this point likely seeing their last NFL action in the next couple/few years. Suggs and Dumervil would however be good mentors to have for a young player like Barnett. I personally am a little sour on Barnett myself. I just don’t like what I see on tape. He doesn’t have a non-stop motor, he doesn’t play with a lot of physicality, and doesn’t have much in ways of pass rush moves which is extremely odd given his sack tackles. He produced in college there is no denying that, but unless he beat tackles with speed he quickly became a non-factor on most plays. Then again the same thing can be said about all DE’s. Most of the game they can be swallowed up, but if the beat that tackle just once for a strip sack they had the better game. Although built differently, that was Osi stake to football stardom. Barnett, at Tennessee, had a knack for making those big sacks. That’ll get him drafted alone.
As mentioned earlier, many draft analysts view Corey Davis is a possible top-10 or even top-five selection. However, I think the Western Michigan receiver is more of a mid-1st round pick. Davis put up three straight seasons of insane production, but never did it against a decent opponent, or a fellow top NFL draft prospect. He may have bust potential coming out of a small-conference school, but will probably be chosen in the first round due to potential, and a receiver-needy team, like the Baltimore Ravens, would jump at the chance to choose him if they get the chance.
The Ravens could use a young pass-rusher to develop behind Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil. <br> <br>
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. <br> <br>
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.
The Ravens could use a feature back for their offense. <br> <br>
In 2016, Cook averaged 6.0 yards per carry for 1,765 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also had 33 receptions for 488 yards. Cook is well-built and has the quickness to slash through a defense; however, he has some strange ball-security issues. Cook also has some power to him, but he seems to use it selectively as he runs out of bounds often and is consistently looking to bounce runs to the outside. <br> <br>
Teams do have some off-the-field concerns about Cook and his character. He escaped some legal issues last year, but teams say that Cook has an entourage of gangbangers and they worry Cook drinks too much. Staying out of trouble is a concern that teams have.
With Jameis Winston in the NFL, Cook carried the Florida State offense in 2015. He averaged 7.4 yards per carry on his way to 1,691 yards and 19 touchdowns. The sophomore also had 24 receptions for 244 yards and a score. As a true freshman in 2014, Cook averaged 5.9 yards per carry for 1,008 yards and eight touchdowns. He caught 22 passes for 203 yards, too.<br> <br>
The Ravens grab a feature corner for their defense and an upgrade across from Jimmy Smith. <br> <br>
After losing Vernon Hargreaves to the NFL, Wilson replaced him as Florida's starter alongside Jalen Tabor. Sources say the 6-foot-1, 213-pound Wilson could end up being one of the better cornerback prospects for the 2017 NFL Draft, and team evaluators feel that Wilson has above-average speed to go along with his size. In 2016, he totaled 33 tackles with six passes broken up and three interceptions. Sources also feel Wilson has above-average feel and awareness. <br> <br>
Wilson is a longer press-man corner for the NFL with ball skills, but scouting sources say that there are aspects that Wilson needs to improve. He grabs at receivers a lot and could get called for pass interference penalties in the NFL. Thus, he will need some development. <br> <br>