Round One of the NFL Draft is in the books, and with it serious football soap opera drama. Bosa taken 3rd, Ramsey one pick from Baltimore Ravens glory, and the king of all drama the Laremy Tunsil debacle. A hacked account showing him smoking weed from a bong, and also later his instagram hacked showing text messages between his coaches asking for money. What a night.
The show ended for Baltimore at pick #6, when they selected Ronnie Stanley, the offensive tackle from Notre Dame. Ozzie was going to select Laremy until the video surfaced, and since then took Laremy Tunsil OFF the draft board.
After the first round prominent names are left for Baltimore:
Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
I mean how has he not been selected. He was without a doubt the biggest name tied to the Jaguars. The questions surrounding his knee are clearly bigger than thought if even Seattle doesn't take a flier on him at 31. Now with Cleveland on the clock, they must decide in twenty hours if he is worth the risk.
Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
An expected first round cornerback out of Clemson, the shock here is Artie Burns going to the Steelers over Mack Alex. The Ravens no doubt love the selection, as Artie Burns tape is clearly lacking. The expectation must be the Steelers drafted him for the measurables and believe the coaching will fix the rest. Baltimore definitely has this competitor high on the board.
Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
Another Clemson product, Kevin Dodd is a well respected pass rusher with great qualities. He played on the opposite side of Shaq Lawson, and because of didn't receive the same hype. No doubt he has a first round grade, and even was expected to be drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs. Regardless, the Ravens want a new pass-rusher in this draft and Kevin Dodd at 36th is a real possibility.
Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
We all know how Ozzie loves his Alabama Alma Mater, and C.J. Mosley does need a counterpart. Ragland is not a hyper athletic linebacker, but overall is a quality linebacker. Mainly a run stopping linebacker, but does have rushing ability. Of the players listed so far Ragland had the highest grade by NFL.com. Ragland would be a slightly surprising pick for Baltimore, as C.J. Mosley is a more polished product of Ragland already, but two Bama linebackers wouldn't be the worst pick if sitting at 36th overall.
Tyler Boyd, WR, Pitt
Baltimore has a true depth chart with Mike Wallace, Steve Smith Sr., Breshad Perriman, and Kamar Aiken rounding out the top end, but an interesting prospect would be Tyler Boyd. I personally don't see it, but Ozzie knows all. If this happens the Ravens will be showing they look towards a new horizon starting with Kamar, Breshad, and Boyd becoming the new & young corps to rely upon.
Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State
A draft crush for Baltimore Beatdown. A true leader with measurables that make you salivate. If we snag a receiver, I do see it being Braxton Miller. Surely not at 36th overall, I see Braxton falling even farther. Maybe 70th, since most teams had their run of the top receivers early.
Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
While Ezekiel Elliott was selected top five, this power back is still patiently sitting back waiting for his name to be called. He isn't worth a first rounder, but surely Henry will be a day two name. Henry is exactly what you expect from an AFCNorth tailback. Super powered legs and body to hit harder than any linebacker can hit back. Henry is a first down trucking machine, and Baltimore doesn't have a true powerback. Lorenzo Taliaferro is the closest, but an injury last season leaves him unproven.
Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma St.
While graded to be a second round pick, no doubt he is expected to be taken at the top end. In mock drafts I hoped to not see him snagged in the first so he would be available in the second, and good news, he is now in the real draft. Good thing specifically is Ogbah's talent to play both with a hand in the dirt, or standing up. I surely see this man impressing fans at the pro-level.
Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
The biggest draft hope for the Ravens it seems. Word has been said if he's around at 36th, he won't be around at 37th. In 11 Spence posted 11.5 sacks, 22.5 Tackles for loss, and 63 total tackles. Those are some gawdy statistics for a second rounder. No doubt a possible successor to the aging Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil.
There are no doubt more players that can be added to this list, but at minimum 4 will be available for Baltimore tomorrow. If something crazy happens the Ravens could see even more. Get excited Raven nation, there are many more selections to come.