Hello Ravens fans. In my mock draft I have The Ravens trading down in the first round with The Denver Broncos. The reason why The Broncos decide to trade up because they desperately need help at the inside linebacker position and are confident a guy like CJ Mosley will not be available by the time they pick..The trade involves The Ravens first round pick for The Broncos First, second and fifth round pick.
First round pick( from the Broncos): Jimme Ward, FS/SS,Northern Illinois-
The Ravens have shown a lot of interest in Jimmie Ward and honestly I can see why. He’s smart, covers a lot of ground, can cover receivers in the slot,has solid ball skills, always seems to be around the ball, versatile enough to play cornerback, doesn’t shy away from contact, and has good instincts. He reminds me of The Chargers free safety Eric Weddle.
Second round pick:Cody Latimer WR, Indiana or Jordan Matthews Wr, Vanderbilt-
Cody Latimer has been getting a lot of attention since his pro day to the point some think he could possibly be drafted in the first round. I personally think he will be available in the second round and he may be a little raw as a route runner but he has good hands, good speed, tall enough to be red zone threat, and he’s physical. If Lattimer is gone by the time we pick then I have us taking Jordan Matthews instead whom fits everything John Harbaugh likes from a player.
Second round pick(acquired from Denver Broncos): Dominque Easley DT/DE,Florida or Kelcy Quarles DT/DE South Carolina -
He has a non-stop motor, he is disruptive , solid against the run, has some pass rush ability, and showcase passion for the game. He may be asked to bulk up a little but I think he could fit in just fine as a defensive end for our defense. If Easley is somehow gone then I have us taking Kelcy Quarles instead.
Third round pick: Pierre Desir CB, Lindenwood-
Desir has good ball skills, has experience in zone as well as man coverage, seems to read plays well, and his tackling may need some work but he isn’t bad at it. I love his height ( 6’1") and he may be from a small school but he showed he can hang with the big boys in the Senior Bowl.
Third round (comp pick):Jack Mewhort OT,Ohio State-
I think he would fit Gary Kubiak zone blocking scheme very well and he also is versatile enough to play guard. The Ravens seem to love offensive linemen whom can play multiple position and Mewhort may be asked to add more muscle to his frame but I think he could start right away at right tackle.
Fourth round (comp pick) : Arthur Lynch TE, Georgia-
The Ravens need a blocking tight end and Arthur Lynch is exactly that.Lynch has good hands and he may not be much of threat with the ball like the other top tight ends but he can get it done in the passing game if ask to.I have seen NFl Analyst Greg Cosell compare Lynch to Pittsburgh Steeler tight end Heath Miller and that is far from a bad thing.
Fourth round(comp pick):Shayne Skov Ilb Stanford or Max Bullough Ilb Michigan State-
According to Rotoworld.com Shayne Skov struggled to break 5.2 seconds when running for scouts and is expected to be a third day pick. The Ravens need a solid run stopping inside linebacker and I think Shayne Skov is the right guy for the job.if he’s gone by the time we pick then I have us taking Max Bullough instead.
Fifth round pick(acquired from Broncos): Storm Johnson , Rb, UCF-
One thing that I like about this guy is his vision and it’s impressive how quck he can move for a guy his size. His pass blocking needs some work and at times he doesn’t make the right decision when it comes running lanes but that can be worked on with coaching. He can catch the ball well, make guys miss, doesn’t go down easy, and runs with power.
Fifth round (comp pick): Brandon Thomas G, Clemons-
He was being view as one of the best guards in this draft but he tore his acl during a private workout with the Saints. He won’t be able to start or play this year but he could be a solid back up guard for us in the near future or more .
Sixth round pick: Ty Zimmerman FS/SS, Kansas State
I really like Zimmerman and honestly he is my most favorite safety in this draft. He can tackle well, make plays on the ball, read the quarterback eyes very well, has solid instincts, natural center fielder and is versatile enough to play both safety positions. Zimmerman in my opinion is a serious sleeper in this draft and probably would have been a second or third round pick if he hadn’t received a injury.