First Round: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
Ridley is the top target for the Ravens in the first round of the draft, and in this simulation, Ridley was on the board at the 16th pick. Depending on what happens in free agency, there aren’t many teams in desperate need of a wide receiver ahead of the Ravens. In this simulation, teams like Chicago and San Francisco, who could look for a wide receiver passed and addressed other needs. That allowed the top receiver in the draft to slide down to the Ravens at the 16th pick, making this an easy selection.
Second Round: Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia
I’m not sure how much the Ravens can rely on Alex Lewis going forward, as he’s proven to be very injury prone. The Ravens offensive line fared well despite being decimated last year, but they could improve at left guard. Wynn had a fantastic Senior Bowl week, and is flying up draft boards. Wynn has everything a team could ask for, and could be an instant impact player for the Ravens.
Third Round: Uchenna Nwosu, EDGE, USC
Lack of a pass rush hurt the Ravens down the stretch of the 2017 season. Terrell Suggs is nearing the end of his career, and as of now, Matt Judon looks to be the only reliable pass rusher the Ravens have for the future. Nwosu may not be a household name, but he has a lot of potential as a pass rusher. Nwosu has fantastic burst off the line of scrimmage, and can create pressure in a hurry. He’ll be a nice addition to the Ravens current rotation of pass rushers.
Third Round: Troy Fumagalli, TE, Wisconsin
The Ravens don’t have a long term option at tight end on the roster right now. The top options are tight end are off the board at this point, but don’t consider Fumagalli a consolation prize. Fumagalli has been one of the nation’s better tight ends for the last few seasons at Wisconsin. Fumagalli only has nine fingers, but he is a dynamic pass catching option at tight end. The Ravens want a playmaking tight end, a criteria Fumagalli meets. Fumagalli was overshadowed by Mike Gesicki at the Senior Bowl, but don’t let that take away from the talent of this former Badger.
Fourth Round: Allen Lazard, WR, Iowa State
Lazard had an impressive Senior Bowl week. Lazard not only showed that how much of an asset his 6’5” frame can be to an NFL team, but he also showed that he knows how to use his size to make catches. Larzard may not bring the same playmaking ability as Ridley, but he brings size and hands that the Ravens receiving corps doesn’t have. Lazard is a solid value for the Ravens in the fourth round.
Fifth Round: Mike White, QB, Western Kentucky
If the Ravens plan to take a quarterback in the mid to late rounds of the draft, White could be their guy. White passed for 11,262 yards in four years at Western Kentucky. Mike White is another player who had a strong Senior Bowl week, and jumped onto team’s radars. I don’t think he will ever be a superstar quarterback, but with the right development, he could become a starter down the road, or at least a better backup than Ryan Mallett.
Sixth Round: Kentavius Street, DL, N.C. State
No player impressed me more at the East-West Shrine game than Street. Street was overshadowed on the Wolfpack defensive line by Bradley Chubb, but showed off what he could do against NFL talent in the East-West Shrine game. Street had great burst off the line of scrimmage, and seemed to always be around the ball. He should be able to play both on the edge and on the interior of the defensive line.
Seventh Round: Chirs Worley, LB, Ohio State
The Ravens do have a need at inside linebacker, but I wasn’t able to address it until the seventh round. Worley is an athletic linebacker that should run a good time in the 40 at the combine. He didn’t blow me away at the East-West Shrine game, but he did prove to be a reliable tackler during his college career. He showed flashes of being able to rush the passer from the inside linebacker spot, and some coverage ability. He won’t be a starter in his rookie year, but he would provide solid depth to the Ravens linebacking corps.