Todd McShay is one of the top draft analysts out there, so his mock drafts are anxiously awaited in many circles. He has just released a three round mock draft, and as a Ravens fan, I was thoroughly underwhelmed by his choices.
Here are his selections:
Lets break it down pick by pick:
Round 1 (6): Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
Jalen Ramsey would be the selection here, and it would not even be close. Ramsey can play CB and S, both long term needs for the Ravens. Ramsey also has the higher ceiling, so not sure what McShay was thinking.
Round 2 (36): Artie Burns, CB, Miami (FL)
I like Burns, but at 36 he is a big reach. Burns is not even the best CB on the board- Mackensie Alexander and Kendall Fuller (arguably) are better options at the position. And even if there wasn't a CB on the board worth the pick more than Burns, I don't see Ozzie reaching for a need. Other options I would choose over Burns are Jason Spriggs, Robert Nkemdiche, Emmanual Ogbah, or Noah Spence. A Ramsey-Spence draft would look alot better than this one.
Round 3 (70): Nick Kwiatkoski, ILB, West Virginia
I don't know much about Kwiatkoski, but reading up on him, there seem to be other options on the board which are a better fit in my book. ESPN has him as a border-line day 2 pick, so an early 3rd round pick would seem to be reach. Shon Coleman, Shilique Calhoun, Jaylon Smith, Adolphus Washington, S'ua Cravens are all players I like more than him, and Sterling Shepard and Emmanual Ogbah went in the 3 picks before 70, as trade up options.
Seeing a Bosa-Burns-Kwiatkoski draft and thinking it could be a Ramsey-Spence-Jaylon Smith draft just makes me see red. Even a Bosa-Alexander-Coleman draft would have made more sense than McShay's picks for the Ravens. Then again, its just a mock draft- one of the many which will look silly in just over 2 short weeks. The 2016 draft cannot come soon enough!