After months of evaluation and discussion, the 2016 NFL Draft is less than a week away. Ravens fans everywhere are anxiously awaiting the selections that should make the team a legitimate championship contender once again. What is the ideal combination of prospects to add to the roster?
#6 Laremy Tunsil, LT, Mississippi
The Ravens can capitalize on a down 2015 season by picking a generational prospect at a premium position who would never be available to them at their normal draft slot.
#36 Emmanuel Ogbah, OLB, Oklahoma St.
A pass rusher to groom behind Terrell Suggs with the strength to replace Courtney Upshaw as an edge setter against the run.
#70 Artie Burns, CB, Miami
Outstanding athlete with great ball skills but needs to polish his technique. Can work in nickel packages behind Shareece Wright.
#104 Jalen Mills, DB, LSU
Versatile DB who has centerfield ability and slot coverage upside to provide the necessary depth for dime packages.
#130 Connor McGovern, OG, Missouri
Extremely powerful run blocker with good hands and positional diversity.
#132 Matt Judon, OLB, Grand Valley St.
Raw developmental edge defender who can hone his craft behind the veterans for a couple seasons.
#134 Joshua Perry, ILB, Ohio St.
Two down run stuffer who can take on blocks while C.J. Mosley flows to the ball.
#182 Aziz Shittu, DE, Stanford
Rotational five technique to push Brent Urban.
#209 Jakeem Grant, WR, Texas Tech
Tiny playmaker with elite speed and shiftiness can make a big impact as a returner on special teams.
Overall, this draft class would not supply the immediate difference maker on defense that many Ravens fans are pining for. But Tunsil and McGovern would set up the offensive line for continued dominance over the long haul, making Joe Flacco much more effective with a strong running game and time in the pocket.
Two proven pass rushers and two promising cornerbacks are would go along way towards making the defense fearsome again. Ogbah and Judon may not post huge sack totals immediately, but they have the ability to increase the production from Suggs and Dumervil by keeping them fresh.
Coverage inside linebacker is an area of need that was not addressed, the Ravens would need Zach Orr and Arthur Brown to step up, while making up for lesser coverage on tight ends and running backs with dynamic pass rushing. Grant is the icing on the cake with exceptional playmaking ability to be an x-factor on gadget plays and special teams.