Well, I didn’t think I was going to be doing another one of these so soon. However, after the Timmy Jernigan trade, the Ravens have a new draft picks. Thus, I had to see how the board would fall for the Ravens in this updated draft order. In order to complete this mock, I used the simulator on Fanspeak.com.
With the 16th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select...
First Round: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
Nothing new for the Ravens in the first round. Davis still remains my top receiver in this year’s class, and he will be my pick if he is on the board. In this case, the Western Michigan product was available, and therefore I selected him. Mike Williams from Clemson shrunk what was already a small gap with Davis as a result of his 40 yard dash time in the 4.4’s at his pro day. However, I think Davis is a more complete player and is more NFL ready. I've always loved Davis’ route running abilities. He is very polished when it comes to route running, a trait that all great receivers have, at a very early stage of his playing career.
Second Round: Kevin King, CB, Washington
I've really started to like King a lot in recent weeks. The Washington corners boasts elite size, standing at 6’3”. But what makes King special is how well he is able to use it. He is excellent at taking away space for receivers to make a catch. Plus, King is able to disrupt the the routes of receivers. Thus, I think a good comparison for King is Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks. If King can improve his tackling, he should be a solid NFL player.
Third Round (Pick #74): Tim Williams, EDGE, Alabama
This is the pick the Ravens got in the Timmy Jernigan trade, and I think Ozzie Newsome would be happy with how I used it. Team’s have serious concerns about Williams’ history off the field, so it isn't unreasonable to think the star Alabama pass rusher could slip this far. If he does fall to this pick, the Ravens will select him. This is the point where the risks off the field but the talent on it balance out. As long as Williams can keep himself on the field, then the Ravens are nabbing a top-15 talent in the third round.
Third Round (Pick #78): Dan Feeney, G, Indiana
I’ve typically taken a offensive tackle with this pick, but I opted to take a different route this time. In this scenario, I have Alex Lewis sliding out to right tackle, and the Ravens plugging Feeney into the guard spot. Feeney is very strong and possesses solid blocking skills. Feeney was a rare guard who received draft attention before his senior year according to Lance Zierlein. If the Ravens want to move Lewis outside, Feeney would be a good pick at guard.
Fourth Round: Ethan Pocic, C, LSU
I've taken Pat Elflein from Ohio State in the past couple of versions of this mock, but now I go to the chance to select my number one center, Ethan Pocic. I've always loved Pocic’s size and blocking abilities. I think he fits the Ravens very well, and he would easily win the starting center job.
Fifth Round: Howard Wilson, CB, Houston
Wilson’s potential is through the ceiling (or it's the roof depending on who you ask), but he is far from being NFL ready. According to Zierlein, Wilson averaged one interception per every 15 targets. That is an incredible rate. His ball skills are excellent, but his technique needs work. With Kevin King already in the fold, then Ravens can afford to take Wilson in order to develop him. While risky, this pick could prove to be a massive steal for the Ravens if Wilson is able to refine his technique and build up more muscle.
Sixth Round: Hunter Dimick, EDGE, Utah
Dimick has really solid measurables, recording 38 reps on the bench press at 225 pounds, and a 4.70 time in the 40 yard dash. His production is there too. Dimick posyed 14.5 sacks in 2016 to become the all-time career sacks leader a Utah. Frankly, I feel like Dimick should be getting much more attention, and I’m very happy to be getting him with this pick. If Williams doesn't work out, I think Dimick also has a chance to be an NFL starter.
That wraps this edition of the Ravens seven round mock draft. Overall, this is pretty similar to what I have done in the past, the only major chance coming in the form of a guard instead of an tackle. I plan to do a 10th and final edition in the days before the draft, so make sure to keep an eye out for that.