‘High’ Probability Ravens Will Draft Wide Receiver Early
If a Ravens don’t breeze a far-reaching receiver in a initial 3 rounds of a NFL Draft subsequent weekend, cruise The Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec shocked.
He says a chances are “high” that Baltimore brings in a top-rated arms from a early rounds to supplement to quarterback Joe Flacco’s arsenal.
Top Ravens officials pronounced it’s “on a shoulders” to move in adequate pieces to build around Flacco and assistance him lapse to his championship-caliber play. They are committed to doing so this offseason, yet Zrebiec points out they’ve customarily combined regulating behind Danny Woodhead. The offense has mislaid several pivotal pieces while a invulnerability has gotten many of a courtesy in giveaway agency.
“That has to change in this draft,” wrote Zrebiec.
“General Manager Ozzie Newsome says a Ravens won’t demur to breeze a first-round receiver even yet that hasn’t been a good regulation for a team. If they don’t use a 16th collect on a pass catcher, they roughly positively have to come out of Day Two of a breeze with one.”
The Ravens are customarily dual years private from regulating their first-round collect on far-reaching receiver Breshad Perriman, yet Newsome pronounced Perriman will have no temperament on possibly he drafts another first-rounder. If a top-rated actor on his house is a receiver when he’s on a time during No. 16, afterwards that’s who he’s taking.
The fact that Newsome has never drafted a Pro Bowl receiver won’t deter him either. He and his scouts are evaluating a position customarily like they would any other, and are prepared to move one in if that’s how a house falls.
And a house could tumble that approach …
“The Ravens will roughly positively have a event to name one of a tip 3 receivers available: [Corey] Davis, [John] Ross or [Mike] Williams. They’ve finished their due industry on all of them,” wrote Zrebiec.
All 3 receivers have been projected to a Ravens in ridicule drafts.
CBSSports.com’s Dane Brugler expelled his ridicule breeze Tuesday, and he has a Ravens holding a combine’s 40-yard lurch record-breaker in Ross. Brugler wrote of a selection, “Adding Ross would give a Ravens a track organisation during far-reaching receiver and copiousness of toys for Joe Flacco to play with.”
But Ross’ damage story (surgery on both knees over a past 3 years) reminds some people of Perriman, who has sustained injuries to both of his knees given he was drafted dual years ago. As a result, he missed his whole rookie year.
“[D]oes Ross strike as most fear in a Ravens as he does hostile defensive backs?” asked ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. “It’s current to consternation possibly this gives a Ravens some pause after what they went by with [Perriman].”
That said, Ross isn’t a customarily receiver to have a difficult damage history.
NFL Media’s Lance Zierlein has a big-bodied Williams descending to No. 16 in a ridicule breeze he also expelled Tuesday. Williams postulated a tiny neck detonate after regulating into a idea post on a touchdown locate in 2015, yet he returned to play all final deteriorate though an issue. “Let’s give [the Ravens] a earthy ball-winner who could turn a heavily targeted favorite for Joe Flacco,” Zierlein wrote.
Then there’s NFL Media’s former scout, Bucky Brooks, who has Baltimore selecting Davis and says a Western Michigan awaiting should be a bona fide No. 1 receiver. Davis’ batch might have taken a bit of a strike for some teams given a deteriorate finished since he didn’t attend in mix or pro day drills due to a medicine to correct dual ripped ligaments in his ankle.
“Corey Davis is a litmus exam for a trust a fasten crowd,” one NFL crew source told TheMMQB.com’s Emily Kaplan. “You demeanour during his fasten and we consider everybody agrees he’s a first-round grade, yet you’ll see how critical a 40 time is for some. we consider it varies from organisation to team.”
Baltimore puts some-more batch in a prospect’s college fasten than his timed drills in shorts and a T-shirt.
That said, it’s not a impact asperse for Baltimore to take a first-round receiver. There are copiousness of other holes to fill, and another renouned position projected to a Ravens is pass rusher.
The next-highest ranked receivers on breeze guru Mike Mayock’s board are Eastern Washington’s Cooper Kupp and East Carolina’s Zay Jones. Zrebiec says Virginia Tech’s Isaiah Ford, Southern California’s JuJu Smith-Schuster and Purdue’s DeAngelo Yance could also be on a team’s radar.
“If a Ravens pass on a receiver in a initial turn and Smith-Schuster is still on a house in a center of turn two, a former Trojan who has drawn some comparisons to Anquan Boldin, would be a good fit,” Zrebiec wrote. “The vigour is on Newsome and association to get Flacco some outward help.”
Looking At History Of No. 16 Pick
When looking behind during some of a players comparison with a 16th-overall collect over a final 10 years, you’ll find Pro Bowl players, plain starters and large misses.
“With a Ravens entrance off an 8-8 deteriorate and a second true non-playoff year, the vigour is on for this year’s No. 16 pick to turn a long-lived Pro Bowl actor like [Dallas’ Zack] Martin and not a vital beating like [Buffalo’s EJ Manuel],” Hensley wrote.
Hensley categorized any of a final 10 players comparison during 16 into one of 5 categories: bust, plain pick, good pick, really good collect and good pick.
Packers DT Justin Harrell (2007): Bust
Cardinals CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (2008): Solid pick
Chargers OLB Larry English (2009): Bust
Titans OLB Derrick Morgan (2010): Solid pick
Redskins OLB Ryan Kerrigan (2011): Very good pick
Jets OLB Quinton Coples (2012): Bust
Bills QB EJ Manuel (2013): Bust
Cowboys G Zack Martin (2014): Great Pick
Texans CB Kevin Johnson (2015): Good pick
Lions OT Taylor Decker (2016): Good pick
Separating Cornerbacks Into First- And Second-Round Prospects
We all know this breeze is installed with gifted defensive backs, including a clever organisation of cornerbacks, that a Ravens have been transparent about wanting to draft.
The abyss of cornerbacks has left fans and media feeling like Baltimore can pass on first-round prospects and instead wait and concentration on grabbing one in a second turn or later.
Corners customarily fly off a house early, however, and it’s misleading who will tumble to a Ravens during No. 42 in a center of turn two. Well, in a video below, NFL Media’s Brooks and Zierlein play a diversion of “cluster buster” to assistance heed between a first- and second-rounders.
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