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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.

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 1st Round mock:

  1.    Tennessee: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
  2.    Cleveland: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
  3.    San Diego: Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State
  4.    Dallas: DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon
  5.    Jacksonville: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
  6.    Baltimore: Joey Bosa, Edge, Ohio State
  7.    San Francisco: Jared Goff, QB, Cal
  8.    Philadelphia: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
  9.    Tampa Bay: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
  10.    NYG: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
  11.    Chicago: Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
  12.    New Orleans: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
  13.    Miami: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
  14.    Oakland: Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss
  15.    Los Angeles: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
  16.    Detroit: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
  17.    Atlanta: Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
  18.    Indianapolis: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
  19.    Buffalo: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
  20.    NYJ: Noah Spence, OLB, EKU
  21.    Washington: William Jackson III, CB, Houston
  22.    Houston: Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
  23.    Minnesota: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
  24.    Cincinatti: Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
  25.    Pittsburgh: Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
  26.    Seattle: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
  27.    Green Bay: Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
  28.    Kansas City: Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
  29.    Arizona: Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State
  30.    Carolina: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
  31.    Denver: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

Ravens Draft Picks:

1(6): Joey Bosa (6’5”, 269) Edge, Ohio State

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 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 

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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 

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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 

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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 

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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

 

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 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 

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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 

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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 

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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.
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Written by Gabe Ferguson
8 months ago
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Gabe Ferguson

Gabe is an avid fan of the NFL and Ravens football. He grew up in Westminster, MD, and attended college at Johns Hopkins University majoring in Biology. He earned his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and now works as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles where he studies cartilage development and cancer.

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