Baltimore Ravens Draft Preview: Round 1

The Baltimore Ravens finished the 2017-18 season with a mediocre record of 9-7, but was a disappointment in comparison to how the Ravens wanted their season to go. Baltimore entered the season with high hopes with a combination of good veterans and great young talent on both sides of the ball.

The Ravens have kept fairly quiet during free agency, yet they still have gotten some great talent to help fill in the holes, especially at wide reviver which is surprisingly the only signings done by the team thus far: Former Oakland Raiders wide out Michael Crabtree and Arizona Cardinals speedy receiver John “Smokey” Brown. But according to John Eisenberg, a Baltimore Ravens Columnist, the “Ravens wide receiver project still isn’t done” and that is great news according to fans, but what does that essentially mean, and how are they going to fill the needs that plague the team and hurt the $100 million man, Joe Flacco?

Looking at the draft, Baltimore is in a tough situation where their pick are located. They hold the 16th overall pick in the first round, and there will definitely be a lot of talent at that position – where that talent will fall is the big question. If the Ravens target a receiver in round one, there are a lot of choices, but where that talent falls with other teams will be the factor in who they select.

Wide Receiver Prospects:

Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama          6’1″, 190 pounds

The Alabama Crimson Tide craze for the Ravens’ scouting department and current Ravens GM and alumni of Alabama, Ozzie Newsome could continue if Ridley is still on the board at 16. Ridley’s college stats are very comparable to current Atlanta Falcons star receiver Julio Jones. Ridley has been all over mock drafts in the past months. Many thought he can be a top-10 selection, while others say he could fall into the later picks in the first round. If the Ravens want a player that can step in immediately and help this offense get back to its winning ways, Ridley would be the safest pick.

Courtland Sutton, WR, Southern Methodist          6’4″, 215 pounds

Sutton is a monster receiver that can power his way to make difficult catches with his size and footwork. Sutton could be a reach for some teams as he did have a very good collegiate career, though it was against weaker and lesser talent. Though he did not face the most talented teams, he showed that he is one of the best in this class with a strong showcase at the Senior Bowl. Sutton had back to back 1,000 yard seasons to finish off his time at SMU and took no time to declare for the draft.

DJ Moore, WR, Maryland          5’11”, 215 pounds

Moore climbed up draft boards tremendously after a great combine performance. Moore was considered a late-second to mid-third round pick, and is now looked at as a top receiver in 2018. He is a physical receiver and will come down with the contented ball a majority of the time. Moore had a 1,000 yard season in his junior year at Maryland. Moore may be the best pick for Baltimore if he is available, and may even slide into the second round.


Offensive Line Prospects:

Connor Williams, OT, Texas          6’6″, 315 pounds

Williams would be a very safe selection for Baltimore if they decided to go this route. Williams did miss a good bit of the 2017 season for Texas with a knee injury, but that should not plague him at the next level. Williams’ size mixed with his footwork would be great for Flacco, as he was the 19th most sacked quarter back with a total of 27 sacks. Williams would line up opposite of former Ravensfirst round pick in 2016, Ronnie Stanley.

Orlando Brown Jr., OT, Oklahoma          6’8″, 345 pounds

Orlando Brown, son of late Orlando Brown Sr., who played for the Ravens for a total of six years. Brown Jr. may fall in the draft – not for his talent but rather his lack-luster and what some refer to as a “historically bad” combine performance. He ran a 5.85 40-yard dash… that is bad but not the main concern. His bench press was atrocious with only 14 reps of 225 pounds. Penn State running back Saquon Barkley had 29 reps, more than double of a guy that is supposed to block for him. All in all, it might have been a fluke, but his performance greatly hurt him, and may cause his to fall to possibly the fourth or fifth round.

Billy Price, OL, Ohio State          6’4″, 312 pounds

Price is a very intelligent blocker, and has a knack for knowing where the quarter back is or where the running back will be, and that leads to great gains for the offense. Price played both guard and center in college with a few snaps at tackle. He may fall out of the first round depending on the teams needs and how they value him, but for any team, Price could be a day one starter for the interior.




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