The Baltimore Ravens have filled their need at wide receiver in the first round with the selection of University of Central Florida wide receiver Breshad Perriman. The 2015 NFL Draft now shifts to the second day, and if you thought the first round went swiftly, today should move even quicker.
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Perriman is likely be the first of several offensive pieces that Ozzie Newsome will hope to add to the roster over the next two days, and the second day of the draft features a bunch of terrific talent that could make an immediate impact in the NFL.
The era of devaluing running backs did not last long, as Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon broke the trend after being selected in the first round. The Ravens front office could look at several running backs today. Two favorites of mine are Duke Johnson of Miami and Northern Iowa’s David Johnson, and as many as 10 running backs could be off the board by the end of the day.
The most glaring need is at tight end, and Baltimore could go several routes to fill this need. They could be in play for Maxx Williams, rated the top tight end in this class. Clive Walford, Ben Koyack and Tyler Kroft could be on the radar today also.
It would be a bit of a shock if the Ravens went anywhere else on offense on Day Two. While you can never have enough offensive linemen, Ozzie likes to find talent in the latter portion of the draft at these positions, and this year should be no exception. I do not see a scenario in which the Ravens draft a quarterback this season, but another wide receiver later in the draft is certainly possible. Joe Flacco needs targets, and the front office shouldn’t stop with Perriman to address that need.
The existing options are plentiful in a deep class of defensive players, and the Ravens could go a variety of ways in addressing their needs.
I would look for a cornerback to be the next position that the team addresses with their second-round pick. There is a fantastic group of talent that should still be available at No. 58, including Jalen Collins of LSU, whom many feel has a first-round grade. Eric Rowe and Quinten Rollins are also players that would look good in a Ravens uniform in the second round.
If the Ravens feel that they can afford to wait some time for an impact corner to mend from an injury, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu from Oregon had the potential to be a first-round pick before injury. He injured his knee in practice leading up to the Rose Bowl, and re-aggravated the injury trying to compete at the NFL Combine. Doran Grant of Ohio State, Southern Cal’s Josh Shaw and P.J. Williams from Florida State will likely hear their names called in the third round.
The Ravens brought in Kendrick Lewis this offseason, but still have a need at safety with the ineffectiveness of former first-round pick Matt Elam and the injury to Terrence Brooks. Adrian Amos is a player that has been discussed in detail, and some scouts have gushed over James Sample, the strong safety from Louisville.
In today’s passing era, pass-rushers are necessary to bring these quarterbacks down, and this draft is loaded with talent. Lorenzo Mauldin has been linked to the Ravens in several mock drafts, and would fill the hole filled by the departure of Pernell McPhee. Owamagbe Odighizuwa, Preston Smith and a slew of other SEC pass-rushers should also come flying off the board today, and none of those names would surprise me if they ended up in Baltimore.
My steal of the draft is still on the board and could be in play for the Ravens. Jordan Phillips of Oklahoma has seen his stock dropped from a first-round talent to a middle second-round pick. In my original mock draft, I had Phillips being selected in the first round. I shifted that last week due to his slide in value, and he might still be an option at No. 58. Carl Davis is another big man up front who has all the tools to be an impact player at the next level.
If you had to ask me how today was going to play out, the Ravens go with a cornerback in the second round and defensive line or pass-rush in the third. I think they can find value on the final day in their search for their tight end. I was wrong about a wide receiver being the first pick, so it would not be a shocker to me if I am way off again today too.
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