This is second edition of the Baltimore Beatdown seven round draft for the Ravens. I used the Walk the Mock draft simulator in order to complete the mock draft. With that, let’s get to the selections.
Baltimore Beatdown Mock Draft 2.0
|1:16||BAL||Corey Davis||WR||Western Michigan|
|5:16||BAL||Chris Godwin||WR||Penn St.|
|6:16||BAL||Marquez White||CB||Florida St.|
|7:16||BAL||Keionta Davis||EDGE||UT Chattanooga|
First Round - Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
It was hard to pass up taking a cornerback with this pick, especially with Adoree’ Jackson on the board. But the Ravens need at wide receiver is greater than at first perceived. Steve Smith Sr. is gone, and following Kamar Aiken’s comments regarding this being a frustrating year, the chance of retaining Aiken may have taken a big hit. Even if the Ravens keep Aiken, the team is still in desperate need of a number one wide receiver. Enter Corey Davis, my highest graded wide receiver of the 2017 NFL Draft. Davis has not received as much coverage as he should have due to being at a small school, despite is incredible produiction. At first glance, Davis has the look of an elite NFL wide receiver. Davis stands at 6’2” with a very developed upper body. Davis has had at least 1400 yards in each of his past three seasons, including reaching 1500 receiving yards for the first time this year. Against Ball State this season, Davis hauled in 12 catches for 272 yards and three touchdowns in an absolutely dominant performance. Davis draws many comparisons to Anquan Boldin due to his big frame, reliable hands, elite route running and ability to make tough catches, including this one against Wisconsin in the Cotton Bowl.
The crazy thing about this catch is.... he doesn't even push off him once, just fights through it. https://t.co/2tdqvSvfV6— The D Zone (@TheD_Zone) January 2, 2017
This catch somewhat resembles Boldin’s incredible catch against the Colts in the playoffs the year the Ravens won it all. As mentioned in the tweet, Davis has the strength to fight pass the defender, and make the catch with the defenders arm in the way. What makes Davis special however, is not just his ability to make incredible plays to make a catch, but what he does afterwards. Davis has 4.4 speed and is elite in open space. He won’t break ankles, but he has the strength and shiftiness to make defenders miss. Davis has the potential to be a superstar with his combination of speed, strength, size and playmaking ability
Second Round - Takkarist McKinley, EDGE, UCLA
McKinley will add youth the Ravens aging pass rush, and will help reinvigorate a unit the struggled down the stretch. Baltimore Beatdown’s Michael Sedjro recently wrote a full prospect preview for McKinley.
Third Round - Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
I was absolutely shocked to see Wilson still on the board. Wilson is widely regarded as one of the top corners in the nation. He is seen my many analysts to be more talented than his teammate Teez Tabor. However the slide to the third round may come due to the depth this year at the position. Wilson has six passes defended, three interceptions, a sack snd 33 tackles. He isn’t the playmaker in the secondary the Ravens have been looking for, but he is a shutdown corner whose size (6’1” 213 lbs) should translate well to the NFL, and allow him to be able to help sure up the Ravens secondary.
Fourth Round - Kyle Fuller, C, Baylor
Jeremy Zuttah did not play well at all in 2016, and it seems to be time to look for a replacement. Fuller has climbed up center rankings as Mason Cole has announced his intentions to stay in school. Fuller is one of the bigger centers in this year’s class standing at 6’5”. Fuller proved to be an excellent run blocker as he opened holes for Shock Linwood. The Ravens did not receive very good run blocking from Zuttah at all this year, giving Fuller a chance to earn playing time from day one.
Fifth Round - Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State
Godwin totaled 1100 receiving yards last season, and 982 this year as the leading receiver on one of the most potent offensive units in the county. Godwin emerged as one of Tracy McSorley’s favorite targets in the passing game highlighted with a 187 yard, two touchdown day against USC in the Rose Bowl. Godwin is a freakish athlete, who is able to stretch defenses and make big plays down the field. Check out some of his amazing plays from the Rose Bowl here.
Sixth Round - Marquez White, CB, Florida State
The Ravens will likely want to take another corner after passing in the first two rounds. In White, the Ravens will get another shutdown corner, but still not a playmaker. White was a key factor in Florida State’s Orange Bowl victory over Michigan. White’s shutdown ability made Wilton Speight’s job much harder, and thus the Michigan offensive funk of the first half.
Seventh Round - Keionta Davis, EDGE, UT-Chattanooga
Davis is an unknown small school player who has the potential to rise up draft boards if he plays well at the Senior Bowl. WalterFootball.com writes, “Davis totaled 10.5 sacks with 44 tackles, 11.5 tackles for a loss, seven passes batted and three forced fumbles in 2016. He produced even more pass rush as a junior with 13.5 sacks, 39 tackles, 17 for a loss, six passes broken up, and a forced fumble.” The Ravens look to have found a good one in former small school (Grand Valley State) pass rusher Matt Judon, and Davis could be the next in line, adding more youth and depth in addition to McKinley.