Baltimore Beatdown Mock Draft 5.0
|1||Corey Davis||WR||Western Michigan|
|3 (Pick 14)||Ryan Anderson||EDGE||Alabama|
|3 (Pick 38)||Ethan Pocic||C||LSU|
|4||Ryan Switzer||WR||North Carolina|
|6||Des Lawrence||CB||North Carolina|
This is the fifth edition of my seven round mock draft for the Baltimore Ravens. To complete the mock draft, I used Fanspeak’ draft simulator, as it includes the Ravens compensatory draft picks. This is my first mock draft after the Senior Bowl, which caused for big shifts on many draft boards. The Senior Bowl allows analysts, scouts and fans the opportunity to see top NFL prospects go against others of similar caliber. I didn’t plan for it to work out this way, but this mock draft is very heavy on Senior Bowl players, all of whom saw their stock rise over the week of practices and game. Without further digression, here is my newest seven round mock draft.
Round 1: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
Davis recently underwent ankle surgery, and as a result will not run at the NFL Combine in March. However, as Adam Schefter reports, the injury is minor, and should not influence his status for his rookie season.
Corey Davis underwent minor ankle surgery, won't run at combine, will be ready for rookie minicamp. Injury described "as extremely minor."— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 1, 2017
Therefore, I can’t imagine Davis’ draft stock will take a huge hit. The Western Michigan products’ tape is stellar. He also received a high grade from Pro Football Focus, and sits as PFF’s number six overall prospect as of February 2. The Browns and the Steelers each have a big time receiver opposing defenses account for every single snap. Davis can become this threat for the Ravens. He is a fantastic route runner, and uses his size to his advantage. Davis also is great with the ball in his hands, where he tends to show off his breakaway speed. Davis is one of the most well-rounded receivers to enter the draft in many years.
Round 2: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
LSU continually churns out great defensive backs, and White is the next in line. Pro Football Focus rated White as the top cover corner for the 2016-17 season.
LSU's Tre'Davious White allowed a catch on just 41.7% of passes thrown into his coverage & was tied for highest PFF coverage grade in 2016 pic.twitter.com/A9obVFBo7s— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) February 3, 2017
White participated in Senior Bowl practices before suffering an ankle injury. However, the injury does not appear to have had an impact on his draft stock, similar to Davis.
Although he's done for the week, I'm told LSU CB Tre'Davious White's ankle injury is not serious.#seniorbowl— Chase Goodbread (@ChaseGoodbread) January 26, 2017
White saw his stock rise while he was practicing, as he had success against the top receivers at the Senior Bowl. At 6’0”, White brings more size than Tavon Young on the outside, and allows Young to slide to nickel. White also has special teams value, and could provide the answer to the Ravens return struggles. The combination of a strong cover corner with special teams value is package the Ravens need to take advantage of if available.
Round 3 (Pick 14): Ryan Anderson, EDGE, Alabama
Anderson is another Senior Bowl player who didn’t play in the game due to injuries. But again, Anderson’s injury is very minor, and did not play in the Senior Bowl to avoid risking a more serious injury. Anderson was spectacular in the College Football Playoff, returning an interception for a touchdown against Washington, and forcing a fumble in a game against Clemson that Anderson dominated from start to finish. At the Senior Bowl practices, Anderson continued to climb of draft boards, as he showed stellar abilities to beat offensive linemen like he does here.
Round 3 (Pick 38): Ethan Pocic, C, LSU
Another Senior Bowl player, this time one who did play in the game. Pocic was fantastic in the game. I wrote the following on his play in my Senior Bowl recap, “Pocic played at both center and guard in today’s game, and played well at both. Specifically at center, Pocic did not have a single bad snap, and blocked extremely well, especially in the run game. The South team ran significantly better up the middle when Pocic was playing center versus anyone else. Pocic is the real deal.”
Pocic has incredible size for a center, and would be a massive upgrade over Jeremy Zuttah who somehow was invited to the Pro Bowl.
Round 4: Ryan Switzer, WR, North Carolina
Yup, another Senior Bowl player. Switzer is as close to a clone of Julian Edelman as they come. Switzer however possesses more speed than Edelman. Switzer was the talk of the town alongside Cooper Kupp throughout Senior Bowl practices, but did not play in the game. Switzer tweeted that he had a “nagging ankle”. The fact that he practiced all week and then didn’t play does not warrant concern. Check out a more detailed analysis of Switzer here.
Round 5: Keionta Davis, EDGE, Chattanooga
Shockingly, another Senior Bowl player appears on this mock draft. With this pick, the Ravens go for a small school edge rusher in the fifth round for the second straight year (Matt Judon in 2016). Davis recorded 3 tackles (1.5 for loss) in the first half of the Senior Bowl, and had a sack in the second half. Davis didn’t get the same attention as Switzer, Zay Jones and and others, but Davis had a strong Senior Bowl week. Davis brings solid burst of the edge to whichever NFL team selects him as shown here.
Be sure to check out Davis work against Cam Robinson and the Alabama offensive line in the video below.
Round 6: Des Lawrence, CB, North Carolina
Lawrence brings good size at 6’1”, and great ball skills to the NFL. Lawrence finished the 2016-17 season with 10 pass breakups, and even had a sack. In 2015, Lawrence had a strong game against Pittsburgh where had four pass breakups, his tape from that game is below.
Lawrence is not a perfect prospect, as he does get beat from time to time, and doesn’t consistently play against the run. Both of which are shown in his tape from the Pittsburgh game. However, Lawrence improved in those areas in 2016, and is worth a late round pick.
Round 7: Jalen Reeves-Maybin, LB, Tennessee
Reeve-Maybin only played in four games in 2016 before suffering a season ending shoulder injury. However, in 2015, Reeves-Maybin was spectacular, totaling 21 tackles in a loss to Oklahoma. Reeves-Maybin finished with 105 tackles and six sacks in 2015-16. The Ravens will be looking for an inside linebacker, and, assuming Reeves-Maybin remains in the draft, the Tennessee product could prove to be a big steal for the Ravens. Kamalei Correa will be on track to start in the coming season, but Reeves-Maybin could be the long term option next to C.J. Mosley.
And that brings the conclusion to this mock draft. Overall, this is a solid haul for the Ravens. The board didn’t always shake out the way I hoped it would have, but there isn’t much to complain about here. In addition, the Ravens love to select Senior Bowl players, and in this draft, the team gets Senior Bowl players in spades. Each of the six picks received a Senior Bowl invitation.
Mark February 28 on your calendar as it is the first day of arrivals for the NFL Combine. The Combine is the next major draft prep event. Mock draft 6.0 will come out following the Combine, as not much will change in terms of player rankings before the Combine. However, make sure to check Baltimore Beatdown for player profiles as the NFL Draft nears closer and closer.