clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Should the Baltimore Ravens Double Up in the 2016 NFL Draft?

New, comments

The Baltimore Ravens could look to really bolster positions on defense in a hurry.

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Outside linebacker and cornerback are positions that if one were to ask Baltimore Ravens' fans, they would be considered the ones in most need of talent. Luckily for the team, the draft and to some extent free agency, feature adequate to elide options.

The Carolina Panthers' model could be followed, as they hit gold drafting both Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short in the first-two rounds of the 2013 NFL draft, turning a weakness into a strength in a single year.

At outside linebacker, Joey Bosa and Noah Spence could be looked at as first round options in the 2016 NFL draft. Yannick Ngakoue and Kyler Fackrell should be looked at as day two options. Fackrell would be the perfect complement to rush linebackers, as a former safety, he is comfortable in flat and hook zones.

On the cornerback side, Jalen Ramsey and Vernon Hargreaves should be looked at as the options with the Ravens sixth overall pick. Jalen Ramsey would most likely be paired with a slot cornerback. Tavon Young would be an ideal pick in the fourth round. Vernon Hargreaves would most likely be paired with an outside corner. Kendall Fuller and Xavien Howard could be looked at as second round options.

In my opinion, the combo of Hargreaves and Fuller is the most attractive. It would allow the Ravens defense to sprinkle in matchup zone concepts in coverage, and would add two pro ready, brash and ball hawking playmakers in the secondary.