As Rams and Bengals fans look toward the Super Bowl, the rest of us peons living in football purgatory are starting to focus on free agency and the draft. With an array of picks at their disposal, the Ravens have an opportunity to build up the team’s depth, as well and wheel and deal a little bit to move up or down the board.
Like actual drafts, uncertainty is the only certainty, and this first comprehensive mock draft I’ve done did not play out for me the way I necessarily expected it to, and that’s probably what I should have expected from the start.
I used The Draft Network’s (TDN) mock draft machine, and included some observations garnered from myself, the good people at TDN, and things I’ve just consumed from various other draft folks around this spinning ball of ours we call home.
For each pick, I also include someone taken beforehand that I would have also considered (“Damn”), and someone I also took a good look at but did not pick at that slot.
Here we go!
1-14: David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan
Giving new defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald one of his college stars sounds like a decent thing to do, but it also gives the Ravens an explosive pass-rusher who could potentially pair with Odafe Oweh to form a scary tandem for years to come. Ojabo is still raw, but I feel like his ceiling is quite high.
Damn: Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa
Also looked at: Kenyon Green, IOL, Texas A&M
2-45: Nicholas Petit-Frere, OT, Ohio State
This is a tackle with a lot of length who has started on both sides of the line. An athletic guy, he drives through contact with his legs. Better at pass protection at this stage, but I think the Ravens can build up his strength and power.
Damn: Travis Jones, IDL, UConn
Also looked at: Kyler Gordon, CB, Washington
3-76: George Pickens, WR, Georgia
This was not really on my radar, but the 6’3 ”Pickens can combine his long speed with Marquise Brown, Rashod Bateman and Mark Andrews to put a formidable group of pass-catchers on the field at any time. Not a need pick at this point, but Pickens can add something to this offense.
Damn: Spencer Burford, IOL, UTSA
Also looked at: Mario Goodrich, CB, Clemson
3-99: Matthew Butler, IDL, Tennessee
Butler is quick and athletic on the defensive interior and is good at shooting gaps. He could be a solid rotational player while the Ravens build up his strength.
Damn: JoJo Domann, LB, Nebraska
Also looked at: Mykael Wright, CB, Oregon
4-108: Jake Ferguson, TE, Wisconsin
I confess – this is one of my draft crushes. Ferguson is a move-the-sticks kind of receiver who is also considered to be a very good pass blocker. Putting him and Andrews on the field at the same time can create opportunities with matchups and – let’s say it together – this is a matchup league.
Damn: Nick Cross, S, Maryland
Also looked at: Coby Bryant, CB, Cincinnati
4-117: Coby Bryant, CB, Cincinnati
Well, taking Ferguson there panned out because Bryant was still available. Not the corner from Cincinnati much of the Flock has been craving, but he has good length, is good at re-routing receivers and has good ball skills. He’s not a perfect athletic prospect, but I think he’s athletic enough to ball out some.
Damn: Ed Ingram, IOL, LSU
Also looked at: Justin Schagger, IOL, Georgia
4-126: Tyrese Robinson, IOL, Oklahoma
The Oklahoma offensive lineman pipeline to Baltimore continues with this three-year starter, who played RT last season. Robinson is scrappy, and can get himself involved in the guard competition. A bit of a bully attitude.
Damn: Justin Schaffer, IOL, Georgia
Also looked at: Tyler Badie, RB, Missouri
4-138: Matt Henningsen, IDL, Wisconsin
Our second Badger, he is a gap penetrator who plays smart and tough. Good against the run, and TDN pointed out his ability to stop his pass-rush and get his hands up to bat down passes.
Damn: Tyler Badie, RB, Missouri
Also looked at: Rachaad White, RB, Arizona State
4-140: Dameon Pierce, RB, Florida
Good interior runner who is also good in pass protection and special teams. I do not think he’s a starter down the road, barring injuries, but he could be a nice rotational piece.
Damn: Rachaad White, RB, Arizona State
Also looked at: Terrel Bernard, LB, Baylor
6-194: David Anenih, LB, Houston
TDN’s player comparison was Tyus Bowser, so we’ll start there. He has good flexibility and athleticism, who can shoot gaps and line up all over the defense. A good chess piece, if he works out.
Damn: Tyler Vrabel, OT, Boston College
Also looked at: Cade Mays, IOL, Tennessee