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2016 NFL Draft: Best players on the board at the beginning of the 4th round for Ravens

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The fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft has arrived and the Ravens lead all NFL teams with five (Yes five) fourth round draft picks. This is the round where scouts around the league prove their worth and help put the teams they work for on the top. The Ravens addressed the pass rushing department in the second and third round of the draft in day two and it is possible that the Ravens are not done there either.

Best available players for the Ravens

1.) Joshua Perry, OLB, Ohio State

Perry is noted as a leader and a no nonsense kind of guy on the field. He is a sure tackler with pretty good instincts diagnosing screen plays and setting the edge on running plays. Some mock drafts had him going in the early second round.

2.) Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor

The fall of Billings was suspected by some in the media thinking that it was an injury related reason but there is nothing officially confirming that so it wouldn't be accurate at this time to assume so. The Ravens seem to be a bit loaded along the defensive line but a talent like Billings may be too good to pass up.

His pass rushing abilities when he reaches the NFL may be in question, but he has the potential disrupt the pocket in that department with the right coaching. Think of him being in a similar mold of nose tackle Brandon Williams for the Ravens, but lighter and with more pass rushing potential.

Billings was expected by many to be gone in the second round.

3.) Kentrell Brothers, LB Missouri

Brothers' led all SEC linebackers in tackles last season and he is a very smart player who should be able to learn the Ravens defensive playbook. He knows where he is supposed to be and doesn't try to be a hero. If he is told to contain a gap, he will do so. The only real issue with him really is the fact that he ran a 4.8 at the combine. However, his play on the field seems to be faster than that.

Brothers was expected to be drafted as early as the third round and he is a strong candidate to start next to C.J. Mosley as an inside linebacker for the Ravens.

4.) Jeremy Cash, S, Duke

NFL.com compared Cash to T.J. Ward of the Broncos. That's when you know you are a talented player. Cash's best asset on defense is in run support and with Ravens safeties such as Eric Weddle and Lardarius Webb leaning more on the coverage side, Cash would be a pretty good compliment for both of them.

Cash's game at this time would be best utilized in certain packages giving him the opportunity to grow in coverage as that is not his strong point.

Other Notes of players and needs:

The Ravens have addressed their front but several holes remain, notably on the edges of both sides of the ball, at wide receiver and at cornerback.

1.) Tavon Young of Temple provides a ball hawking option even if his 5'8 size will confine him to the slot. The word sticky stands to describe him best.

2.) Mike Thomas of Southern Miss is the most underrated prospect in this draft. One should only look to his tape pitting me against Louisiana Tech. He pulls off a catch that should be considered on Odell Beckham's level.

3.) Jalen Mills brings cornerback skills with safety size. He does however bring a laundry list of off-field issues making me think the Ravens will pass.

There are options available if the Ravens want to shore up their skill positions and the fans expect splash picks after a rather tame first two days. The time to excel is now.

Overall

Check out the rest of the available players in the 2016 NFL Draft here via SBNation's Dan Kadar.