Ravens Mock Draft 1.0
With the 2016 NFL Draft quickly approaching, the time is ripe for a Mock Draft. The Ravens were awarded 3 compensatory picks which brings their total number of draft picks to 9. In this mock I did not factor in any draft day trades, but trades that have previously been conducted were included which is why the Ravens have a second 4th round pick that was compensation for trading Gino Gradkowski and a 5th round pick to the Denver Broncos.
You can discuss the Ravens Draft on our message boards…
1st Round mock:
- Tennessee: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
- Cleveland: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
- San Diego: Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State
- Dallas: DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon
- Jacksonville: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
- Baltimore: Joey Bosa, Edge, Ohio State
- San Francisco: Jared Goff, QB, Cal
- Philadelphia: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
- Tampa Bay: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
- NYG: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
- Chicago: Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
- New Orleans: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
- Miami: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
- Oakland: Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss
- Los Angeles: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
- Detroit: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
- Atlanta: Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
- Indianapolis: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
- Buffalo: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
- NYJ: Noah Spence, OLB, EKU
- Washington: William Jackson III, CB, Houston
- Houston: Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
- Minnesota: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
- Cincinatti: Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
- Pittsburgh: Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
- Seattle: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
- Green Bay: Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
- Kansas City: Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
- Arizona: Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State
- Carolina: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
- Denver: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
Ravens Draft Picks:
1(6): Joey Bosa (6’5”, 269) Edge, Ohio State
I think the Ravens covet either Jalen Ramsey or Myles Jack, but they will happily take the top pass-rusher in the draft if he falls to them at #6. Bosa (#97) does not possess elite explosiveness off the edge, but he is already advanced with his technique and hand use which allows him to overpower OTs with leverage and quickness. He is also an elite run-defender on the edge and has the ability to rush from the inside, two traits which the Ravens value tremendously.
2(5): Jason Spriggs (6’6”, 301) OT, Indiana
Spriggs (#78) is an ideal fit for the Ravens ZBS as an extremely athletic lineman with a very high upside. The converted TE has quick feet, a good punch and bends well at the knees in pass-pro. In the run game, Spriggs shows off his athleticism with his movement skills and is very good at making blocks at the second level. Ideally, he will have some time to get stronger with his anchor while getting used to the NFL game, but he does possess the talent to come in and start immediately if necessary.
3(7): Xavien Howard (6’0”, 201) CB, Baylor
Howard (#4) is another high upside pick that can come in and play immediately. He has very good size and length with above average athleticism and excellent ball-skills evidenced by his 10 career interceptions. Howard is best in press-man and could be a great complement to Jimmy Smith on the outside. He was often asked to cover the opponent’s best WR (Kevin White featured above) on an island and for the most part did very well although there were some lapses in his play at times. If he can stay consistent with his technique, he could be a draft day steal.
4(6): Bronson Kaufusi (6’6”, 285) DE, BYU
Another prospect that possesses excellent size, length, and athleticism, Kaufusi (#90) profiles well as a DE in the Ravens defensive scheme. He is a coach’s son and displays consistent strong technique. Kaufusi is stout against the run and shows impressive flashes of playmaking ability as a pass-rusher.
4(32): Malcolm Mitchell (6’0”, 198) WR, Georgia
Mitchell (#26) is a player that Mike Randall previously highlighted, and I think he would be a great fit in the Ravens offense. He is a very gifted athlete and demonstrates solid route-running prowess as well. Injuries and a run first offense held him back a bit statistically in college, but his upside is very high.
4(34): C.J. Prosise (6’0”, 220) RB, Notre Dame
Prosise (#20) is a converted WR/DB that played his first snaps as a RB in 2015, but he looked to be a natural fit for the position. He has speed to win the edge and be dangerous in the open field and demonstrates impressive leg drive and power to fight through tackles. He needs to work on his pass-pro and is a bit of an upright runner, but he looks natural catching balls out of the backfield.
4(36): Max Tuerk (6’5”, 298) C, USC
Tuerk (#75) is an interesting prospect at the Center position. He does not have the usual stout build, instead sporting a longer and leaner profile more reminiscent of an OT. However, he still bends well and is able to take advantage of his athleticism in the run game. If not for a season ending knee injury, he would probably be a much higher selection.
6(7): Kalan Reed (5’11”, 192) CB, Southern Miss
Bringing in another CB in the late rounds will help solidify the secondary. Reed (#11) has good size and tested off the charts athletically. He has some impressive plays on film as well so he is not just a workout warrior.
6(34): Jakeem Grant (5’6”, 170) WR/RS, Texas Tech
Grant (#11) is probably the fastest player in the draft which makes up for his diminutive frame. He can push for a roster spot as return specialist who can also be a match-up nightmare as slot WR or scatback.
A few thoughts on the approach and players:
- I put an emphasis on players with high upside and athleticism, and favored defense and offensive line over skill positions.
- It’s entirely possible that none of these prospects are available at the positions where I have them going, but this is the general vicinity in which many are projected.
- The Ravens don’t have any specific trends or tendencies other than a BPA approach, but they do tend to hit most of their major needs early. I tried to do that here.