This is the eighth of edition of the Baltimore Beatdown seven round mock draft for the Ravens. You can check out the prior edition here. With free agency nearing an end, and many key Pro Days past, the Draft picture is coming into focus. Without further adieu, here is the latest seven round mock.
First Round: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
I’ve always preferred Corey Davis to Mike Williams, but the difference between the two players in microscopic. In this scenario, with Davis already selected, Williams was an easy first round pick. Williams is a very talented receiver, who showed off unexpected speed when running the 40 yard dash at his pro day. The Clemson product stands at 6’4” and knows how to use his size to his advantage. Williams is able to consistently win jump balls, using his size to create separation in the air from defenders. He also has excellent hands that make him a reliable security blanket for quarterbacks. Williams will provide a huge boost to the Ravens offense.
Second Round: Kevin King, CB, Washington
Following the signing of Brandon Carr, it may be more preferable to select a pass rusher in the second round, but it was hard to pass up on a player of King’s caliber. King has recently shot up draft boards due to his stellar Combine performance. King was excellent in the the 2016 season opposite Sidney Jones in what was a fantastic Washington secondary. King is a long corner, standing 6’3”. He was able to use his height to shield wide receivers from the ball. King is very versatile, and will provide solid depth to the Ravens secondary that won’t need him to start immediately.
Third Round: Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama
To say that Williams has red flags off the field would be a massive understatement. Williams failed multiple drug tests during his Alabama career, and was suspended for a half against Kentucky for being arrested on a misdemeanor gun charge. The Ravens may not want to bring a player of that background into the organization. But here’s the catch, Williams is a phenomenal pass rusher. If not for the off field concerns, Williams would be a lock to go in the top 15 of the Draft. In the third round, the Ravens may be willing to take a risk to bring in a player of Williams talent level. This is the definition of a high risk, high reward pick.
Third Round (comp pick): Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State
For the second straight seven round mock, I have the Ravens selecting Roderick Johnson. Here’s what I said about him then:
Fourth Round: Pat Elflein, C, Ohio State
Another player that I selected in the seventh edition of the Ravens seven round mock. Elflein is my number two center behind Ethan Pocic, but the Ohio State product is a solid consolation prize for missing out on Pocic. Elflein his highly regarded for his hand skills and football IQ. Also, he has played in many big games for the Buckeyes, which will help him stay cool and collected in big games on the next level. Elflein could prove to be a solid replacement for Jeremy Zuttah.
Fifth Round: Jalen Reeves-Maybin, LB, Tennessee
Reeves-Maybin has been out with an injury since October, but during his career at Tennessee, he was one of the most productive linebackers in the country. Reeves-Maybin had 99 tackles in 2015, and 20 in 2016 before going down with an injury. The former Volunteer has strong coverage skills and solid tackling ability. He was able to diagnose plays very well in college. If Reeves-Maybin is able to be the player he was before getting injured upon his return, this pick could prove to be a steal for the Ravens.
Sixth Round: Hunter Dimick, OLB, Utah
With a risky pick like Williams earlier in the draft, the Ravens will need for a safety blanket at pass rusher. Enter Hunter Dimick, one of the most productive pass rushers in the nation in 2016. I wrote about Dimick as a potential late round target that the Ravens could target in the Draft. Here’s what I wrote:
It is now April and we are less than a month away from the Draft. Check back to Baltimore Beatdown for more seven round mocks, as I will be sure to put out new ones with the Draft getting closer and closer.