clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Mocking the Draft has Ravens taking Mike Evans with their first-round pick

SB Nation's Mocking the Draft has the Ravens then taking Billy Turner in the second.

Yes, Mike Evans did catch this pass. The Ravens could use a receiver with ball skills like his.
Yes, Mike Evans did catch this pass. The Ravens could use a receiver with ball skills like his.
Bob Levey

The guys at SB Nation's Mocking the Draft have a new mock for you guys to check out and it features the Ravens taking a big-name receiver in the first round.

Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans is the scouting guys' pick for the Ravens, and here's why:

"Mike Evans makes too much sense for the Ravens," Matthew Fairburn writes. "Joe Flacco missed having Anquan Boldin to win one-on-one battles on the outside this season. Torrey Smith has developed into a dangerous vertical threat on the outside, and a physical wideout like Evans would complement him well. Maybe if he gets some more weapons, Flacco can stop beating himself up."

In my opinion, if Evans is there, he'll be hard to pass up. But I do think guys like UNC tight end Eric Ebron, Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Louisville safety Calvin Pryor could make Baltimore's decision tough if they're available at pick 16 or 17.

In the second round, Mocking the Draft has the Ravens taking North Dakota State tackle Billy Turner. Turner does fit the profile of a typical lineman the Ravens would want to take: physical, rugged, tough and gritty. The Ravens also have a knack for finding a lot of standouts that played at small schools.

"Despite trading for Eugene Monroe, the Ravens still need to bolster their offensive line," Fairburn writes. "Billy Turner is raw in his technique, but with some time he could become a dominant blocker. He already has the strength and mean streak to get by in the NFL."

If the Ravens take an offensive lineman here, it'll either be a tackle to plug in on the right side or a guard that allows Kelechi Osemele to kick out to right tackle. If they go the guard route, it very well could be Mississippi State's Gabe Jackson, who Mocking the Draft has being selected a pick later to Dallas.

Mocking the Draft has Vanderbilt receiver Jordan Matthews going at pick 35. If he somehow falls, and the Ravens don't take a receiver in the first round, Matthews would be an ideal second round candidate for the front office.