The Ravens aren't getting an Alabama product this time, but at least they're staying in the same conference. Christian Kirk makes sense for the Ravens in this spot, as they don't have anything outside of Jeremy Maclin at receiver. Mike Wallace is a terribly inconsistent deep threat, while Breshad Perriman has yet to accomplish anything in the pros.
Pick change; previously Ronnie Harrison, S
Rd. 2, Pk. 15
Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama
The Ravens can't trust Kenneth Dixon anymore, so they'll need to find an upgrade over Terrance West.
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 couldn't get an answer on whether Kenny Dixon can be their feature back. After his season-ending injury, Baltimore can't count on Dixon being the guy in 2018 either. The Ravens will still need a feature back for their offense, and Barkley could be a dynamic addition who instantly transforms their offense. <br> <br>
Barkley rolled over Akron with 172 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns. He was excellent in 2016, and NFL sources have already said they think he's a stud back for the next level. The sophomore averaged 5.5 yards per carry last year for 1,496 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also made 28 catches for 402 yards and four touchdowns as a receiver. <br> <br>
Barkley was very impressive as a freshman in 2015 when he averaged 5.9 yards per carry for 1,076 yards with seven touchdowns. He also caught 20 passes for 161 yards and a score. Barkley was very impressive running for 194 yards on 26 carries against an Ohio State defense loaded with NFL talent. The 5-foot-11, 223-pounder is a tough runner with a burst.
The Ravens are hoping that Jeremy Maclin bounces back and Breshad Perriman has a breakout year. Even if Perriman does, Baltimore could use more receiving talent around him. Mike Wallace is a year-to-year player; Steve Smith has retired; and the rest of the receiving corps is lacking talent. <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 fast, explosive play-maker. Some scouting sources have said their nickname for Kirk is "Baby Beckham" in reference to Odell Beckham Jr. <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 with two 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 could use some receiving upgrades to go with Jeremy Maclin. <br> <br>
Ridley has 12 catches for 127 yards and a touchdown in 2017. He totaled 82 yards on seven receptions with a touchdown against Florida State. In the second quarter, Ridley made a huge play as he torched the Florida State secondary for a 53-yard touchdown. He also drew a pass interference to prevent him producing another long touchdown. <br> <br>
In 2016, Ridley made 72 catches for 769 yards with seven touchdowns. The 6-foot-1, 188-pounder 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. Ridley has size, speed and a ton of upside for the NFL.
Landing Jeremy Maclin could be a nice move in the short term, but long term I doubt he stays healthy enough to make an impact for a long time maybe even not this year with his medical record. Meanwhile, Breshad Perriman when healthy has not shown anything to make you confident in his ability. Plus, Mike Wallace is a one trick pony who is aging. Sutton was a favorite of mine going into last year's draft and now should only be a better prospect with another year of seasoning. His style and size on the outside reminds me a lot of Anquan Boldin and Brandon Marshall and if he plays like either Joe Flacco will have a nice red zone weapon to throw the ball up to.
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