In yet another way too early mock draft, Jon Ledyard from Fan Rag Sports has Baltimore going all in to correct the offensive woes that have plagued them for the past couple of seasons. Without any more preview, let’s get into just who he sees as the newest members of the Purple and Black come April.
Round 1, pick 16: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
This has been probably the most speculated scenario surrounding the Ravens and their search for a new alpha dog at the receiver position. Either that, or a signing of Miami’s Jarvis Landry, which just recently all but went flying out the window. Either way, no matter who Baltimore brings in at the position between now and April, they’d likely still sprint to the podium if Ridley does fall to the 16th slot.
Round 2, pick 52: Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
In his write up for this pick, Ledyard says that the Ravens can’t afford to screw around anymore when it comes to pass catchers. I couldn’t have said it more eloquently myself; if Goedert falls to them in this spot, they really can’t afford to pass him up. Throwing him into the mix with Ridley and whoever else they (better) add this offseason will represent them finally committing to getting some help around Joe Flacco on offense.
Round 3, pick 83: Alex Cappa, OT, Humboldt State
In his last draft as the head honcho in Baltimore’s front office, Ozzie Newsome makes a trademark play for a possible future starter on the right side of the offensive line. Cappa doesn’t represent an immediate need as Austin Howard has filled in decently at the position, but a year of learning the transition from left tackle to right could be the perfect formula for maximizing the value the Ravens get out of Cappa.
Round 3, pick 102: Darius Leonard, LB, South Carolina State
The Ravens add another mid-round linebacker in the mix to possibly stand in next to C.J. Mosley in the middle. Beatdown’s Kyle Barber recently wrote about how Mosley needs a coverage linebacker next to him to complement his skill set. I’m not totally sure Leonard would play that role as he’s drawn some comparisons to Wesley Woodyard but adding that type of player to any defense is a plus, especially in the third round.
Round 4, pick 120: D.J. Chark, WR, LSU
Not to get too ahead of myself here, but a pick like this combined with the first two selections in this mock could spell the end of the Breshad Perriman experiment in Baltimore. Chark is a speedster which would add some much needed explosiveness to Joe Flacco’s growing array of weapons, and could potentially play the role that the maybe departing Mike Wallace has the past two seasons.
Round 5, pick 156: Dominick Sanders, S, Georgia
This would probably be the first pick in this scenario in which a pretty immediate need isn’t immediately filled. This isn’t to say it’s an unlikely pick though; the Ravens picked up Chuck Clark at the same position last year and he found his way onto the field in certain packages. With Eric Weddle getting a bit older, a developmental would be perfect for Sanders to fill, in the same way that Clark has so far.
Round 6, pick 193: Antonio Callaway, WR, Florida
Quadrupling on pass catchers in a single draft would at one point have been enough to start evaluating Ozzie Newsome for signs that he’s of sane mind and a healthy body, but this year is different. In his last offseason fully in charge of the Ravens, he can’t afford to mess up building an offense again, and taking as many swings as possible is a pretty good way to ensure a home run. As for Callaway, he’s a curveball of a proposition; he has legit starting potential, but equally legit off field issues that led to him getting suspended by the Gators. He was found not guilty of some of the more serious things he’s been accused of, so in the sixth round, this may be a risk worth taking for a team in desperate need of receiving talent.
Round 7, pick 283: Sean Welsh, G, Iowa
There isn’t a ton to say about this pick, other than Ozzie has done a good job of bringing in late round talents on the offensive line and turning them into productive starters. Welsh comes from the University of Iowa where Marshal Yanda came from in the third round 11 years ago. If you’re going to take a mid to late round swing on an offensive lineman, you could do a lot worse than a big ten prospect, which current starters Yanda and Alex Lewis very much prove.