clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Ravens Day 3 draft picks: Instant reactions

NCAA Football: CFP National Championship Game-Alabama vs Georgia Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Beatdown staff’s instant reactions to the Ravens 2018 NFL Draft Day 3 selections:

CB Anthony Averett, Alabama

Averett is a polished corner with good speed, but will likely be limited to the slot due to his below average length. His coverage technique has been well developed in Nick Saban’s pattern matching system. Still, the decision to pass on the wide receivers available is rather questionable. - Vasilis Lericos

Averett is an incredible athlete, despite being undersized. He will definitely make an immediate impact on special teams. He can play in the slot if needed and is extremely fast. You can never have too many corners so this pick bolsters Baltimore’s depth at a position with multiple question marks. - Logan Levy

Best player available once again. People should not be surprised when the Ravens eschew offensive skill players to take defenders they like. And there is a lot to like about Averett. - Jake Louque

Ozzie Newsome grabs his typical mid round corner with Averett, an Alabama product. He is a physical press man corner. Expect immediate special teams contributions and eventually a role on the defense.- Dustin Cox

LB Kenny Young, UCLA

Young an undersized ‘Will’ linebacker ideally suited to cover backs in sub packages. He should compete with Patrick Onwuasor immediately for reps on passing downs. - Vasilis Lericos

Kenny Young is an adept inside linebacker whose greatest strength is his coverage ability. Baltimore struggled to guard opposing tight ends and Young could certainly help fix that. He has decent size but struggles in the run game. - Logan Levy

Young has the speed and ability to cover backs and tight ends, which the Ravens defense desperately lacked last season. He will come in and compete for the starting job next to C.J. Mosley. At worst, he should become a core special teamer. - Dustin Cox

WR Jaleel Scott, New Mexico State

The Ravens finally pull the trigger on a wideout. Scott is a huge target at 6’5 with a massive catch radius. While he lacks ideal quickness, his strong hands should allow him to develop into a dangerous red zone weapon. - Vasilis Lericos

The Ravens finally take a swing at receiver in the fourth round with Jaleel Scott. Scott’s size gives the Ravens a huge red zone target at receiver. He will not have to play immediately, giving him time to develop. Scott possesses dangerous speed to go with his size. - Dustin Cox

WR Jordan Lasley, UCLA

Lasley had a reputation as a speed merchant but did not run fast at the scouting combine. He also has perhaps the worst hands of any receiver in this class, but does bring some kick return experience. Considering the Ravens track record of drafting receivers, this is not an encouraging selection. - Vasilis Lericos

The Ravens take a risk on wide receiver Jordan Lasley in the fifth round. Lasley has past off-the-field incidents which could cause concern, but is very talented. Lasley suffered from drops, which is something Ravens fans are wary of, but the upside is there to warrant taking a risk on him with a fifth-round pick. Ozzie Newsome is taking swings at multiple receivers this year with the hopes that one will pan out. - Dustin Cox

S DeShone Elliott, Texas

Elliott is a quality pick at this point of the draft. He was an All-American and bonafide ballhawk for the Longhorns. While man coverage is not his specialty, he is a playmaker in the box. Elliott could grow into an Anthony Levine type role player for the Ravens dime defense and special teams. - Vasilis Lericos

Elliott has the potential to be a steal for the Ravens in the sixth round. Many analyst had him ranked as a day-two player, but Baltimore was able to snag him later on day three. While he may not be the fastest safety, Elliott is a playmaker plain and simple. He is hard-hitting and has a nose for the football. Elliott will immediately carve a role on special teams and could see the field in certain packages in 2018, similar to Levine as Vasilis said. - Dustin Cox

OT Greg Senat, Wagner

Senat is a developmental tackle prospect. He will provide depth on the line behind Ronnie Stanley and the newly drafted Orlando Brown. He has above average athleticism for the position but needs to bulk up and refine his technique before seeing the field. - Vasilis Lericos

C Bradley Bozeman, Alabama

Another selection from Alabama, Bozeman boasts prototypical size, strength and toughness. While he has heavy feet, he fits Greg Roman’s power blocking scheme quite well. A valuable depth piece at least with the chance to develop into a solid starter, as Ryan Jensen did, after some seasoning. - Vasilis Lericos