First round -ILB Notre Dame Manti Teo HT 6’1” WT 241/ Kansas State ILB Arthur Brown HT6’1” WT 241-
I just have this feeling that either Teo or Brown will be selected in the first round. I don’t think I really need to explain who these guys are because I’m very sure we all know.
Second round: Ohio State DT/DE Jonathan Hankins HT 6’3” WT 320
- I’m not sure if the ravens are serious about moving Ngata to north tackle full time but if so it seems he’s going to need a reliable back up( not sure Terrence Cody
is that guy yet). Hankins is a tough run defender, very strong, was able to bully blockers in college, has good feet for his size, was a vocal leader for his team, and he can add competition towards defense end as well as defensive tackle.
Third Round: Texas A&M WR Ryan Swope
(if not than Aaron Dobson) – I love this guy he has a certain swag about him that screams out I am a raven. Swope is good route runner, tough, smart, and is comfortable with playing in the slot. I think Swope could be more than a Slot receiver and he defiantly has some good speed (40 yard time 4.34 at the combine) maybe not a deep threat like Torrey Smith
but can definitely make plays on vertical routes.
Fourth – Alabama C/OG Barrette Jones HT 6’5” WT 306
: I think it’s possible that Jones drops to the ravens in the fourth round and with this pick it not only gives Gino Gradkowski
competition at center but also provide solid depth at guard and maybe even tackle. Jones is very smart, uses his hands and feet very well either when pass blocking or run blocking, and uses technique more than brutal strength to stop the defender.
Fourth comp- John Boyett Oregon FS/SSHT 5-10 WT 204:
- Boyett possesses excellent instinct, good leaping ability, good tackle, plays aggressive, versatile enough to play either safety position maybe even the nickel and read quarterback eyes very well. Boyett probably would had been a second or third round pick but his stock dropped a lot due to a season ending injury to his leg but he has been recovering nicely so far.
Fifth round LSU OT Chris Faulk HT6’6 WT 330
: Faulk is very smooth out his stance, has the lateral quickness to sustain blocking in pass protection, aggressive run blocker, showed in college that he can handle speed rushers, and has been compared to Andrew Whitworth
. I think he can be a steal for the Ravens and may even be ready to start at left tackle right away but I believe the ravens will bring back B-Mac which will give Faulk some time to learn.
Fifth round comp- Alabama FS/SS Robert Lester HT 6’1” WT 220
-I’m surprised at how Robert Lester stock has fallen but he could be another late round sleeper for the Ravens. Lester has very good instincts, reads quarterbacks eyes very well, can come down to the line scrimmage as a Blitzer, has good work ethics, recognize as a ball hawk, athletic enough to cover slot receivers, and may not be a hard hitting tackler but he make up for it with his play making ability in pass coverage.
Sixth round pick: Alabama TE Michael Williams HT6’6” WT278
-Williams isn’t much of receiving tight end but what he’s really best for is blocking. Williams probably is the best blocking tight end in this draft and I believe he fits everything the ravens are looking for in a tight end for the moment.He's a developmental prospect whom could become more than blocking tight end with time.
Sixth Round Pick: Florida State DE/OLB Brandon Jenkins HT6’3” WT 251
: Brandon Jenkins is said to have an explosive first step, good flexibility, and rare ability to scrape the line scrimmage. Jenkins stock drop due to his poor 40 time but I think he's someone the ravens could look to take a chance to see if he can add anything to the pass rush department.
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