Ozzie Newsome is back to his usual draft day magic as the Baltimore Ravens have exited the first two days of the draft with arguably the top draft class thus far. They are not done there as they still have six picks remaining in the final day of the draft, including three picks in the upcoming fourth round set to begin at noon.
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The selection of Breshad Perriman gives the Ravens offense a big threat on the outside that also has the jets to spread the field. He has the ability to get downfield and make big plays in the air, mostly because his size and wingspan allow him to outleap defenders. He will have his share of drops and is not the most polished route runner yet, but those are mental flaws that could be fixed.
The Ravens moved up three spots to get Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams, snatching him right before the rivaled Pittsburgh Steelers could take the top tight end in this year’s draft. Williams has drawn comparisons to another Ravens tight end, Todd Heap, and should make an immediate impact with the unknown status surrounding Dennis Pitta. Williams is the rare tight end that creates mismatches in the passing game, but is also highly effective as a blocker as well. He shows above-average speed to make it difficult for linebackers to cover him, but his size makes it tough for safeties to contain him as well.
Carl Davis was a first-round talent on some scouts’ draft boards that managed to fall to the Ravens in the tail end of the third round. Davis has good athleticism for a six-foot-five, 320 pound man, and his strong upper body will allow him to eat up blockers. He is a two-time Second Team All-Big Ten selection and put up very solid numbers at the combine. He is known to lose some steam at the end of games, but that should not be an issue with the Ravens defensive line depth. I compared him yesterday to former Raven Tony Siragusa because his value will never be determined by numbers. Of the three picks so far, this has been the top pick based on value. Davis could be a force on the Ravens line for years to come.
With that, the Ravens enter the final day of the draft with some question marks. The running back pool is running dry with David Cobb and Jay Ajayi being the top two backs remaining. Don’t sleep on John Crockett from North Dakota State too. They still have a need for a cornerback and TCU’s Kevin White and Josh Shaw of Southern California are still on the board. They can also add more depth at wide receiver, safety and a pass-rusher. Some of the names I like at those positions are Adrian Amos, a safety from Penn State, wide receiver Justin Hardy of East Carolina and BYU standout Alani Fua. Beefing up the offensive line with Max Garcia of Florida or Austin Shepherd from Alabama would not be shocks either.
The Ravens could be on the move quite a bit today with multiple picks in the fourth and fifth rounds. Ozzie and his staff have done a terrific job up to this point, and there is no reason to believe that the Ravens won’t exit this draft with another top draft grade. Terrific work thus far.
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