Dan's Mock Drafts

I've done three drafts based upon each of the big boards.

Draft #1: Fanspeak Big Board

17 – OT Taylor Lewan – Michigan

Reasoning: Really a no-brainer. Lewan has the potential to be a dominant tackle and could have easily been a Top-10 pick without the off field issues. The Ravens shouldn't let the Ray Rice situation dictate their ability to take the best player on the board especially one that will help keep Flacco upright. Lewan is a starter from Day 1 and with this pick, the O-Line is good to go.

48 – WR Allen Robinson – Penn State

Reasoning: Even though the Ravens signed Steve Smith, his best years are behind him. The Ravens have plenty of speed at the position between Torrey Smith, Jacoby Jones and the elder Smith so a possession receiver with great size makes a lot of sense to compliment their skills. Robinson has a few kinks to work out, mainly his blocking, but the good thing is, he won't be called upon to start immediately.

79 – DE Kareem Martin – North Carolina

Reasoning: The Ravens let Arthur Jones walk for a big payday and football is won in the trenches. Kareem Martin can play from a variety of different spots along a line. He has a knack for disturbing opposing run games and is great at getting his hands up to block passes. The Ravens could use more depth at the position since Kapron Lewis-Moore is an unknown coming off an injury, and Pernell McPhee hasn't progressed much since his promising rookie year.

99 – CB Pierre Desir – Lindenwood

Reasoning: The Ravens have a recent history of taking small school guys around this time in the draft and they do it again with Pierre Desir who dominated lower level competition at Division II Lindenwood. The Ravens did not retain Corey Graham in FA and only have Chykie Brown and Asa Jackson behind starters Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith. I really like Asa Jackson's potential, but he has yet to be able to stay on the field due to suspensions, and I've seen enough of Brown to know that he's not a long term answer at Nickel. Desir has the ability to become a starter at some point, and the Ravens have the luxury of having to solid starting CB's in front of him while he develops. There's no guarantee Jimmy Smith gets a new contract with Webb's massive deal across from him, so Desir could potentially be a long term answer.

134 – RB Jerick McKinnon – Georgia Southern

Reasoning: I'd be beating a dead horse to mention the Ray Rice situation again, but it's an issue. Throw in the fact that he had a major down year, O-Line problems aside, he did not have the same burst as he's had in the past. There was talk about the Ravens going after a guy like LaGarrete Blount, who ended up signing with Pittsburgh. McKinnon is a power back with great vision and the ability to make smooth cuts. Gary Kubiak's running system has made great backs out of unknown's like McKinnon with similar skill sets by relying upon a zone blocking scheme. McKinnon (hopefully) won't have to be called upon early, and coming from a read-option offense, he could use some time to develop. If Bernard Pierce comes back 100% to start the season and Justin Forsett can give the Ravens any value, McKinnon could be a pickup that can pay dividends down the road. (I'm assuming Rice misses some time with a suspension)

138 – DT Kelcy Quarles – South Carolina

Reasoning: Similar logic to the Martin pick. Quarles is a value pick here, according to the board I used. The Ravens did bring back Terrance Cody, but with no money guaranteed. That could also be seen as an indictment against the depth that the Ravens feel like they have, depending on your stance towards Cody. I tend to think the Ravens can still get value out of Cody, but Quarles is a good player from the toughest conference in College Football. He is a versatile D-Lineman that can play NT in a 3-4 or DT in a 4-3 and takes good angles to the ball.

175 – TE Richard Rodgers – Cal

Reasoning: I was unable to take a TE without reaching after Round 2 (I passed on Jace Amaro to take Allen Robinson). Finally I landed on Richard Rodgers as a value pick in round 6. Rodgers has pretty good speed and is good at getting yards after the catch. Rodgers is a converted WR and averaged over 15 yards per catch during his career. Rodgers is a project right now, but with Dennis Pitta and Owen Daniels in front of him, he has the time to develop.

194 – QB David Fales – San Jose State

Reasoning: With all of the talk about the Ravens wanting a new backup QB, David Fales lasts until the last of the Ravens draft choices and was ranked higher than his spot indicates.


Draft #2: Walter Football Big Board

17 - OT Zack Martin - Notre Dame

Reasoning: Lewan was taken, and Martin was close enough to the BPA (3rd best). The logic is simple, Joe stays upright, and the running game gets a jump start. Martin has high character and is a Day 1 starter.

48 - WR Jordan Matthews - Vanderbilt

Reasoning: Matthews produced despite suspect QB play, a great sign that he is a very good receiver. Matthews is a solid blocker and hard worker. He is a great route runner and has the prototypical build of an NFL receiver. Matthews doesn't have to start from Day 1, which should do nothing but help his cause for the future.

79 - RB Tre Mason - Auburn

Reasoning: Value, at least according to the Board. Mason was ranked 20 spots higher than the #79 slot. I wanted to take a back later, but I just couldn't pass up on this value. Factor in the Ray Rice story (blah blah blah), Mason has the ability to play right away if/when Rice gets suspended. Speaking of whom, Mason's skill set is also very similar to Rice's, so the Ravens could also maintain some of that consistency out of the RB position if they need to move on from Rice in the near future.

99 - CB Jaylen Watkins - Florida

Reasoning: Like above, Graham walked and the Ravens didn't add anyone in FA. All of these signs are indicative that the Ravens are going to take a corner, it's just a matter of when. Watkins was the BPA on the board at this time, and playing against high level competition, Watkins could step in right away at the nickel spot if he beats out Brown/Jackson in training camp. He is described as having the "It" factor and was able to lock down the opposing team's top CB on a consistent basis.

134 - DE Chris Smith - Arkansas

Reasoning: Yet another SEC player, means exposure to high level competition. The Ravens let Arthur Jones walk, and Smith can step in right away as a rotational end. He has a great burst right and has the ability to keep mobile QB's in check, a must for the new age of QB's coming out.

138 - TE C.J. Fiedorowicz - Iowa

Reasoning: Another value pick. Fiedorowicz doesn't have to start right away with Pitta and Daniels in front of him, but can still contribute consistently. His Scouting report consists of words that Coach Harbaugh utters on a sometime overly frequent basis, Tough and Physical.

175 - S Ty Zimmerman - Kansas State

Reasoning: Finally I was able to come up with a Safety without reaching. Zimmerman is a natural FS, allowing Matt Elam to move back to SS, and is adept at reading the QB, hardly ever taking a bad step. Zimmerman is also a sure tackler to boot with a great football acumen. The knock on him is limitations in athleticism, but with his cerebral abilities, he should put himself in the right spots consistently.

194 - ILB Andrew Jackson - Western Kentucky

Reasoning: BPA at this spot, that fit the Ravens needs at this point. Jackson is a powerful tackler who is adept at stopping the run. He has limited range in coverage, so he is more of a rotational linebacker at this point, though he does a good job of making contact with TE's over the middle. He also played well in games against high level competition.


Draft #3: Optimum Scouting (this one is kinda ridiculous, so I won't dive into my reasoning, Mike Evans won't make it to the 2nd round, I guarantee it)

17 - S Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix - Alabama

48 - WR Mike Evans - Texas A&M

79 - OT Seantrel Henderson - Miami

99 - RB Isaiah Crowell - Alabama State

134 - DT Will Sutton - Arizona State

138 - DE James Gayle - VA Tech

175 - QB David Fales - San Jose State

194 - S Sean Paker - Washington

The opinions posted here are those of the administrator of this blog and his loyal readers. They are in no way official comments from the team, and should not be misconstued as such, even though he thinks he could do just as well or even a better job!

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