This is the sixth edition of my Ravens seven round mock drafts. With the NFL Combine in the rearview mirror, it's now time to adjust As with my fifth edition, I used Fanspeak.com’s mock draft tool to complete this mock. Without further adieu, with the 16th pick the 2017 NFL draft, the Baltimore Ravens select...
First Round: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
I've consistently mocked Davis to the Ravens, and that isn't going to change any time he is on the board. Davis is an excellent route runner with a knack for making plays once the ball is in his hands. The Western Michigan product is my number one ranked wide receiver, despite the injury. Davis did not participate in the on-field workouts at the Combine, and will not work out at his Pro Day either. Davis is expected to have a private workout session before the draft. There, scouts will get an opportunity to see him perform without pads and a helmet. The Ravens need a true number one receiver, and they fill that need excellently with the selection of Davis.
Second Round: Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA
Moreau has been a recent riser on draft boards, and saw his stock climb with a standout Combine performance. The UCLA product posted a 4.35 time in the 40 yard dash. Moreau is an incredible athlete, and will bring not only athleticism, but also size and strength to the Ravens secondary. With the release of Shareece Wright the need for another outside corner becomes of large importance, and Moreau should be able to fill that roll with his brand of football that should match the AFC North well.
Third Round: Ethan Pocic, C, LSU
It goes without saying that the Ravens need a center. Jeremy Zuttah is not the long term answer, but Ethan Pocic might be. Pocic is big (6’6”) and athletic. He was excellent in the mirror drill at the Combine, showing off clean and fluid footwork. Pocic also can play all five spots on the line. The Ravens should value his versatility if injuries strike the offensive line.
Third Round: Taylor Moton, OT, Western Michigan
Yep, two offensive lineman in the third round, and two players from Western Michigan coming to Baltimore. Moton was one of the biggest winners at the Combine as he, like Pocic, showcased strong footwork and overall athleticism. The Western Michigan product has long arms and huge hands. Moton utilizes his long arms and quick feet to shut down edge rushers. Moton was excellent when matched up against Dawuane Smoot, a early to mid-round prospect. With Myles Garrett all but guaranteed to go to the Browns, the Ravens need to make sure Ricky Wagner's spot is filled to face the suddenly scary Cleveland pass rushing duo of Garrett and Jamie Collins.
Fourth Round: DeMarcus Walker, EDGE, Florida State
Despite being a second time All-American and racking up 25 sacks in two seasons, Walker has been one of the least talked about pass rushing prospects. Walker was unblockable for portions of Florida State’s Orange Bowl victory over Michigan. A move to the interior has been discussed regarding Walker, but the Ravens are likely to use him on the edge. Lance Zierlein of NFL.com compared Walker to Mario Edwards. While it may be a little late in the draft to take a pass rusher for the Ravens, the need at offensive line, espeically with the possibility of Garrett and Derek Barnett entering the AFC North, is too great to push off.
Fifth Round: Channing Stribling, CB, Michigan
Stribling will bring more size to the Ravens secondary, as the Michigan corner stands at 6’1”. Stribling has excellent ball skills, leading the Michigan secondary with 13 pass breakups and four interceptions. Stribling does not have great speed, but his size and ball skills often made up for it. Stribling excels at winning at the line of scrimmage, forcing receivers out to the sideline.
Sixth Round: Ejuan Price, EGDE, Pittsburgh
Price may be as close to a James Harrison clone as they come. Zierlien described Price as “an absolute bulldog when he smells opportunity.” Price is strong and has a low center of gravity. His speed isn't too shabby either, as Price clocked a 4.84 time in the 40 yard dash at the Combine. Injuries plagued Price’s career, but he could be a steal in the sixth round if he can stay healthy.
That’s it for this Ravens seven round mock draft. More mock drafts will come in the week leading up to draft, as Pro Days are sure to reshape the big board yet again. But with the Combine completed, the countdown to the Draft can officially begin, 50 days to go.