Over the first four games, the 2016 Baltimore Ravens draft class has been mighty impressive.
Injuries have been the only factor holding the rookies back. If the team can develop the Day 2 pass rushers, this class has the ability to provide a championship foundation for future Ravens rosters.
First Round: Ronnie Stanley - B
The sixth overall pick started fast with strong performances in pass and run blocking against Buffalo and Cleveland. However, he accrued two penalties and allowed a strip sack against Jacksonville before missing the Oakland game with a foot injury. Stanley admitted he has been playing through the injury, which could help explain his issues against the Jaguars. He is questionable to play in Week 5.
Second Round: Kamalei Correa - C
After generating major buzz early in training camp, Correa’s impact diminished once live action began. Starting to earn a few more snaps each game.
Third Round: Bronson Kaufusi - INC
Only logged seven practices over the course of the offseason before being placed on injured reserve with a broken ankle.
Fourth Round: Tavon Young - A+
Has cemented his role as the nickel defensive back with outstanding coverage in the slot. Young is becoming one of the biggest playmakers on the team, he returned a blocked extra point for two points against the Browns, grabbed an interception against the Jaguars and recovered a fumble against the Raiders.
Fourth Round: Chris Moore - B-
Hands have been an issue, he has dropped several important passes. Still, he has played more than expected and proven an ability to get open.
Fourth Round: Alex Lewis - B+
Missed the Raiders game while recovering from a concussion, but should be ready to play in Week 5. He blocked admirably well for a mid-round rookie lineman who changed positions from college in the first two games, before turning in a mauling run blocking performance against Jacksonville.
Fourth Round: Willie Henry - C
A weekly inactive through the first quarter of the season, but showed enough promise in the preseason to earn a regular season roster spot on a crowded defensive line.
Fourth Round: Kenneth Dixon - INC
After appearing to win the starting running back job, or at least a prominent role in the committee during the third preseason game, Dixon suffered a torn knee ligament that has kept him sidelined. The explosive back is set to return soon.
Fifth Round: Matt Judon - B+
Pushed to the bench by Elvis Dumervil’s return in Week 4, but has provided several quarterback pressures and improved at setting the edge in limited snaps through the first quarter of the season. Encouraging start from the small school prospect
Sixth Round: Maurice Canady - B
Has often beaten his man and tackled well in special teams coverage while providing depth a cornerback on the outside.
Undrafted: Michael Pierce - A+
Already a key cog as a run stuffer on the line, the big man’s pocket collapsing ability has been extremely impressive.