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Early Ravens mock draft, taking a receiver in the first round

With the college football season ready for the postseason, here's Baltimore Beatdown's latest mock draft.

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I'll stick with the comps I used last time — one fourth and two fifths. It's kind of hard to pinpoint the Ravens' slot because of the playoff situation in the AFC, but I'll put them around 19-22.

Round 1: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville: The Ravens are not getting Amari Cooper. I doubt they get Kevin White. Parker is the No. 3 receiver in this draft. He's 6'3", has great hands, has decent speed, and good leaping ability. He has No. 1 WR potential. He also gives us a helpful red-zone threat which we need.

Round 2: Markus Golden, OLB, Missouri: Both the Ravens' star LBs are above 30 and Pernell McPhee is likely leaving in FA. Jenkins is pro-ready. He has great speed, size, and is smart. A linebacker like him will be a good piece in our defense for years.

Round 3: Eric Murray, CB, Minnesota: Baltimore needs CB depth first of all. They also could use another tough, gritty man-to-man outside CB. Murray can do both. Decent size at 6' 195 pounds. If Jimmy Smith and Asa Jackson get fully healthy along with Lardarius Webb, Baltimore will have a good CB corps.

Round 4: Tyler Kroft, TE, Rutgers: Kroft's stock has fallen, but he's a good get in the fourth round. Dennis Pitta's status is very uncertain, Crockett Gilmore is unproven (I do have faith in him), and Owen Daniels can't be the future answer. Even if Gilmore turns into what we expect, a good receiving TE can't hurt.

Round 5 Comp 1: A.J. Johnson, LB, Tennessee. Another good player whose stock has fallen. It just provides some extra depth which can't hurt.

Round 5 Comp 2: Karlos Williams, RB, Florida State. I still like this pick. He's underachieved in college, but he has the talent to contribute in the backfield with some carries.

Round 6 (via Dallas): Henry Anderson, DE, Stanford. We're drafting depth here. He could be a decent DE backup.

Round 7 (via Miami): Matt Miller, WR, Boise State. Why not? At worst: Wide Receiver depth. At best: A solid possession receiver.

A look at FSU's corners

The most hated team in sports, the Florida State Seminoles, took on Georgia Tech's triple option in the ACC championship game and had some trouble in a 37-35 win. Apart from Jameis Winston, the best prospects on the team are cornerbacks Ronald Darby and P.J Williams. While opportunities in the passing game will be scarce, this game will be a good meter to measure their skills in run support.

Darby at 5'11" is the better cover corner. He also has better football instincts than Williams, quicker to recognize running plays from passing plays and the routes receivers are running. However his tackling technique could use some work, as it may have to do with his smallish, 187 lbs frame.

P.J Williams has longer arms and at 6'0" 196 lbs, he has prototypical cornerback size. He hits harder and is more inclined to dirty his hands than his counterpart, but as learned with Matt Elam, hard hits don't mean good tackling as Williams often overruns opponent. This directly leads to Williams leading the team in missed tackles.