Against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Christmas Day, the weakness of the Baltimore Ravens studded defense shined through; the lack of pass rush to couple with the re-vamped secondary. The Ravens have an opportunity now to fix this, with one of the heaviest pass rush drafts in recent history.
With the Ravens picking at No. 16 in the 2017 draft, they’ll have a good opportunity to land a top-tier edge rusher, such at Alabama’s Tim Williams, Auburn’s Carl Lawson, or Missouri’s Charles Harris. Each have graded extremely well the past few years, with Williams generating pressure at a ridiculously high rate of every 3.7 pass-rushes. - PFF (Biggest offseason question for every eliminated team)
The most recent mock draft by SB Nations’ Dan Kadar, has Tim Williams of Alabama selected one pick ahead of Baltimore. Kadar even cites Baltimore’s frustration of Williams leaving one pick earlier, to the Indianapolis Colts. A ‘Bama product the Ravens need and could very well be best player available is Ozzie’s dream pick, only to be dashed away.
Fear not, as I mentioned earlier, this draft is chock-full of pass rush talents. If Tim Williams is picked ahead, Baltimore isn’t going to abandon picking an EDGE player.
The draft isn’t the only way for Baltimore to receive another pass rush product. Two dominant pass rushers are set to hit free agency this season: Chandler Jones and Melvin Ingram.
Immediately I backtrack, as we all know Ozzie isn’t one to sign the big-name free agents. Don’t expect Baltimore to pay these men, the bad contracts from former years are still hurting the books and the Ravens are pressed to the cap pretty tight already. These won’t be the only players available though, plenty of 2017 UFA’s products for Ozzie & Eric to check out.