3) How will the 2017 RB class impact the 2018 NFL Draft? The NFL is a copycat league, with coaches, scouts and executive known to swipe good ideas from opponents. With that in mind, I can’t wait to see how the value of running backs plays out on draft day following the recent success of Leonard Fournette, Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara and Kareem Hunt. All of the aforementioned members of the 2017 running back draft class had major impacts on their respective squads, but the difference in their draft slots will lead to several conversations in meeting rooms around the league.
Running back isn’t a pressing need for the Ravens, but if they see somebody they like in the mid-rounds, they shouldn’t hesitate to pull the trigger. The Ravens have historically succeeded with 1,000 yard runners.
As for this year, the Ravens are awarded the 41st pick in the sixth-round, which is the 215th overall pick.
Remember, compensatory selections are awarded based on the players a team adds and loses via free agency. Last offseason, Baltimore’s biggest signing was safety Tony Jefferson, while their biggest loss was right tackle Rick Wagner.
The Ravens have historically racked up compensatory picks, but the new faces they added last offseason make this no surprise.
When the Ravens have needed an experienced wide receiver, their preferred routes are to either sign one who has been cut by another team or acquire one through a trade. Among the franchise’s most productive receivers over the past decade have been Derrick Mason (cut by the Titans), Anquan Boldin (traded by the Cardinals), Steve Smith Sr. (cut by the Panthers) and Mike Wallace (cut by the Vikings).
Writer note: I’m out on Dez, but Jordy Nelson is an intriguing name...