Amazing. Ozzie Newsome wins the draft once again. How does he do it? Well, I guess he didn't quite do anything in this scenario, as Laremy Tunsil dropped out of circumstance.
Tunsil falling to Baltimore would be a dream come true for the organization, and I'd have to believe that Newsome would snatch him up in a heart beat. Left tackle is one of the biggest holes on the roster, and Tunsil, the top blocker in this class by a mile, would certainly change that right away.
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1. DeForest Buckner, DE - Once again, this pick will be screwed up if the Chargers go with Tunsil. If Tunsil is off the board, DeForest Buckner will be the favorite to be chosen by the Ravens.
2. Ronnie Stanley, OT - Stanley is probably the worst-case scenari for the Ravens, but he wouldn't be a terrible option, as he would still shore up the blind side.
Rd. 2, Pk. 5
William Jackson, CB, Houston
The Ravens are probably going to pass on Vernon Hargreaves at No. 6 because they believe they can land a talented cornerback at this juncture. And that's exactly what has happened, as William Jackson is talented enough to be a first-round pick. I've actually had trouble slotting corners - namely Jackson and Kendall Fuller - into my first round.
Rd. 3, Pk. 7
Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers
Steve Smith probably won't be around next year. Breshad Perriman's health is a concern. The Ravens need to look into adding a receiver.
Rd. 4, Pk. 6
Charles Tapper, DE/3-4OLB, Oklahoma
The Ravens are also in need of another edge rusher, as Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil aren't going to be around much longer.
Rd. 4, Pk. 32
Tavon Young, CB, Temple
It's certainly possible that the Ravens will double up on cornerbacks, given how dire the need at the position happens to be.
Rd. 4, Pk. 34
Adolphus Washington, DT/3-4DE, Ohio State
Chris Canty is gone, so the Ravens will need to find some help on the defensive front.
Pick change; previously Scooby Wright, LB
Rd. 4, Pk. 36
Joe Dahl, G/OT, Washington State
The Ravens were fortunate enough to land Laremy Tunsil in the first round, but they can't be done addressing their offensive line. A replacement for Kelechi Osemele must be acquired.
Rd. 6, Pk. 6
Jay Lee, WR, Baylor
The Ravens have shown interest in Jay Lee, as perhaps some insurance for Breshad Perriman, who can't seem to get healthy.
Rd. 6, Pk. 33
James Cowser, DE/3-4OLB/OLB, Southern Utah
Here's more pass-rushing depth for the Ravens, who will need more young blood on the edge.
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.
I know the Ravens like to trade down, but I also know they like to draft players with great value, and in this draft, they'll get one at 6 no matter what. Tunsil, last Leonard Williams last year, has been given the "best overall player in the draft" title, and I'm sure the Ravens will be happy to repeat it just as the Jets did. I'm not so sure the teams see it that way in either case. Remember, last year Williams had a stated desire to play for the Raiders, who passed on him, and the Redskins hoped out loud that Williams would fall to them so that they could trade their pick (idiots), which they ultimately didn't do, before passing themselves. Even the Jets took every second of their 10 minutes before making their pick, presumably trying to find their own trade and not getting any takers. I think Tunsil, like Williams, is seen as the 3rd-5th best prospect in the draft, and will be taken accordingly by a team that likes him. Here, that's the Ravens.
Buckner is the most physically imposing player in the draft class (6'7 290) and fits very well in Baltimore as a 3-4 D End where their starter right now would be Brent Urban. The ravens certainly need to address this weakness and at 6 they do. Buckner has elite quickness for a man his size and that fits great on Baltimore's D-Line with two solid ones in Timmy Jernigan and Brandon Williams. Buckner compares to his teammate who was draft last year by the San Francisco 49ers Arik Armstead, who is about the same height and weight, really they could be twins. Armstead had a solid rookie year in San Fran and I expect the same from Buckner. Ozzie Newsome loves freaks and this is the ultimate freak in this draft, in a couple of years Buckner could be a big problem for anyone trying to block him.
NFL.com Comparison: Lane Johnson
My Comparison: Joe Staley
21st Rushing YPA
20th Runs for 1st downs(Right)
8th Negative Runs(Left)/15th(Right)
20th 3rd/4th Down Runs for 1st Downs(Left)/15th(Right)
LT- Monroe(09/1) (2)Hurst,(CF14)
YEAH..YEAH...I know "But Tunsil is available". If Mel Kiper and Mike Mayock drafted these guy that would matter to me. Every time I watch ESPN or NFLNetwork I see this "what they need" and "rankings follow". Most reports are that the Ravens like Stanley better and that's all that matters. Stanley is a great talent and I had high ratings on him last year before he went back, and I have high ratings on him now.
Three-year starter with the outstanding foot quickness and pass protection talent expected from an early round left tackle prospect. Stanley showed great maturity in acknowledging his weaknesses and returning to school to work on them and improve his game. While Stanley?s core power is still a concern, he showed improved strength and run blocking prowess this year and should be ready to come in and start right away for a team looking to protect a high-end quarterback.
This time last year, people were raving about the prospect of Joey Bosa being the top overall pick in the draft. Now, he's likely to fall out of the top five. It isn't all bad for Bosa though, he'll likely end up going to a team that is more ready to compete, and a destination where he could slowly learn the 3-4 edge rusher position. One such destination is Baltimore, where he will sit behind Elvis Dumervil and Sizzle (Ball So Hard University) for a year or so before being thrust into the fire.
1. Myles Jack - If I were a betting man, well I guess I already am, anyways, the one team likely to be unswayed by Myles Jack's knee concerns is the Baltimore Ravens.
2. DeForest Buckner - If he falls past Jacksonville, he could be an intriguing option for Baltimore, looking to replace Chris Canty.
3. Laremy Tunsil - If available, Tunsil will be the pick, no question.
4. Trade - If the Ravens were smart, they'd trade down with a team looking to leapfrog Cleveland for Ezekiel Elliott. They could then take Ronnie Stanley or Jack Conklin in a more valuable range.
Jalen Ramsey is the best player in this draft, and he will have the most productive career out of the 2016 draft class as well. There now that my prediction is out of the way, don't be surprised by this pick. Yes the Ravens just signed Eric Weddle, but Ozzie Newsome will select the best player available or trade out of this pick. One team that might look to trade up and select Ramsey is the Titans, they need the help in the secondary and while they were at #1 they seemed to love Ramsey. Also the Titans have the ammunition to move back up, the only thing that will stop them is if they think they can get a quality tackle later in the draft.
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Rd. 1, Pk. 6
Ronnie Stanley, OT
Over Laremy Tunsil? I wonder if Tunsil's bong picture/video had something to do with this. Still, picking Stanley over Tunsil doesn't make much sense. Some teams told us that they were scared of Stanley's lack of passion for the game. They were also concerned about Stanley not being tough enough. That would terrify me if I drafted him. Plus, passing on Tunsil in the process just doesn't seem like a smart move, given how talented Tunsil is. The Ravens have done well with chracter-issue guys in the past, so I don't really understand this.
Rd. 2, Pk. 11
Kamalei Correa, OLB/3-4OLB
This pick, in a vacuum, is probably worth a "B." I heard some buzz about Kamalei Correa possibility sneaking into the end of the first round, but he definitely belonged in the middle of the second frame. The reason I've bumped this up to an A-, however, is because Baltimore was able to trade down twice. Smart teams understand the importance of accumulating as many picks as possible, so it's no surprise that the Ravens have begun doing so once again.