But instead of Cyrus Kounandjio and Jace Amaro, two other faces pop up — one familiar, one new. In the first round, Dan Kadar has the Ravens taking Michigan left tackle Taylor Lewan with the 17th overall pick. In the second round, he has the Ravens going with Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
Here's the reason for Lewan:
"Although Lewan may have some off-field baggage attached to him leading up to the draft, his value would be far too great for the Ravens to pass up at 17. He could be plugged in straight away at right tackle for the Ravens, or on the left side in case Eugene Monroe reverts to his Jaguars form."
Lewan, who could have been the No. 1 overall pick if he came out for the draft a year ago, would probably be a great value at 17th overall. But the baggage should concern anyone looking to draft him.
The talented left tackle told reporters at the NFL combine that he did not assault two Ohio State fans, only to later be charged with a crime. Either the local police department is reaching or Lewan has some explaining to do. If it's the latter, saying one thing with another happening deserves a bright red flag.
That said, a bar fight is something most NFL organizations can deal with. This allegation might be something a lot of teams grill him on considerably.
Moving on, however, here is the reason for the Ravens to take Seferian-Jenkins, according to Kadar:
"If the Ravens don't bring Ed Dickson back, they need to find another tight end for Joe Flacco. This is the right value for Seferian-Jenkins, and he could blossom in the Baltimore setting."
Even with Dennis Pitta and Owen Daniels on the roster, this reasoning is spot on. Gary Kubiak needs a relatively deep tight end group, perhaps four on the 53-man roster and one on the practice squad. Bringing in a young talent would be great for not only Flacco, but to diversify what the offense can do.
He's a big 6-5, 262 target that can create mismatches over the middle of the field. He was also on the Huskies' basketball team. Not saying that's an indicator of success, but recent former basketball players Jimmy Graham and Julius Thomas have had quite the starts to their NFL careers.
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