CBS Sports did a 2016 seven round mock draft, and the results will leave many people very happy in Baltimore.
Here is who they chose, with my comments and alternate selections:
6. Baltimore Ravens
DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon: Defensive line isn't a glaring need on the Ravens' roster, but with Buckner still available, Baltimore might not be able to pass on the talented defensive end.
My take: Jack is still on the board, but the rumors about his long term health may make Buckner the pick ahead of him.
36. Baltimore Ravens
Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson: With zero career interceptions, Alexander could slip out of the first round…and right to the Ravens.
My take: The board could not look much better, as Alexander is the ideal pick for the Ravens. Other options if Alexander was not there would be Emmanuel Ogbah, or Robert Nkemdiche if Buckner wasn't the pick at 6.
70. Baltimore Ravens
Joe Dahl, OL, Washington State: Baltimore needs to rebuild the offensive line depth and Dahl can help replace Kelechi Osemele.
My take: The Ravens are likely to grab an offensive lineman somewhere in the top 4 rounds, but Dahl seems like a reach here, as even CBS has him projected to go in the 4-5th round. A better pick, in my opinion, would be OLB Kyle Fackrell (projected 2-3rd round), or OT Shon Coleman (projected 2nd round). WR Tyler Boyd and OLB Jordan Jenkins are 2 other possibilities here too.
104. Baltimore Ravens – Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers
My take: Carroo is likely off the Ravens board, with charges of domestic abuse. OL Conner McGovern, who went with the next pick would be my top choice at 104, especially if the team went Fackrell at 70 instead of Dahl.
130. Baltimore Ravens – Yannick Ngakoue, DE/OLB, Maryland
The Ravens are on the hunt for hybrid pass rushers like Ngakoue who fit Baltimore's scheme.
My take: I am happy to see the team double down at OLB, but Ngakoue is not the guy I want here. Matt Judon, who went a few picks later is.
132. Baltimore Ravens – K.J. Dillon, S, West Virginia
134. Baltimore Ravens – Joe Schobert, LB, Wisconsin
My take: Not bad choices for these spots. Other options would be DL Charles Tapper, RB Paul Perkins, and CB Zach Sanchez.
182. Baltimore Ravens – Tavon Young, CB, Temple
209. Baltimore Ravens – Brandon Shell, OT, South Carolina
My take: Not bad depth additions.
Adding Buckner and Alexander would make this draft an automatic success in my book. While I would have made other choices in the later rounds, all in all this draft would set the Ravens up for a long time on the defensive side of the ball.
My adjusted draft:
6: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon or Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
36: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
70: Kyler Fackrell, LB, Utah State
104: Connor McGovern, OG, Missouri
130: Matt Judon, DE/OLB, Grand Valley State
132: Zack Sanchez, CB, Oklahoma
134: Charles Tapper, DE, Oklahoma (if no Buckner), Joe Schobert, LB, Wisconsin (if no Jack)
182: Jayron Kearse, S, Clemson
209: Keith Marshall, RB, Georgia