With the 2018 NFL Draft just days away, more predictions are released about where these prospects will go come Thursday night. Reports are coming out prior to the draft, such as ESPN’s Adam Schefter saying the Cleveland Browns are in play to take quarterback Baker Mayfield with the first overall pick.
Speaking of ESPN, they did their annual NFL Nation Mock Draft special on Tuesday night. Each staff writer made their own mock draft selections for their respective team, and Jamison Hensley made his pick for the Baltimore Ravens. With the 16th pick, Hensley thinks the Ravens take Notre Dame offensive tackle, Mike McGlinchey.
Baltimore is in need of an offensive tackle after releasing veteran Austin Howard last month. The team is looking for a long-term answer at the position and McGlinchey would certainly fill the need, as well as compliment Ronnie Stanley opposite of him. Interestingly enough, Hensley made this pick with wide receivers such as Calvin Ridley, D.J. Moore, and Courtland Sutton on the board, along with tight ends Hayden Hurst and Mike Gesicki also available.
Bill Polian was on the panel and questioned the selection due to not taking Ridley, pointing out the Ravens needing a downfield threat on the offense. With five quarterbacks being picked in the top-15 in this mock draft, and with the options at receiver and tight end for Baltimore, Hensley mentioned how the team would like to trade down and collect more picks from that spot.
However, Hensley thinks history will repeat itself as Ozzie Newsome selected Jonathan Ogden with his very first selection, and McGlinchey would be his last ever first-round pick.