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2019 UPDATED BIG BOARD: TOP 200 - Kyle Crabbs

22. Chris Lindstrom IOL, Boston College

Chris Lindstrom translates as a scheme friendly iOL who can step into a starting role immediately thanks to his polish and experience at the college level. Lindstrom is a quick-footed blocker who excels at the snap, he would be best served in a system that allows their OL to win positioning (gap/power concepts) as compared to asking him to steer defenders at the LOS. Lindstrom has experience at OT and in emergencies he has functional ATH to play in spurts.

47. Deebo Samuel WR, South Carolina

Deebo Samuel is a potent weapon with the football in his hands, he’s effective in winning against press coverage, has the speed to strain off coverage and is sudden and creative after the catch. That said, Samuel projects best into an offense that can feature him in additional ways, whether that’s from the slot, as a move/chess piece and especially in the return game. Not a volume receiver but a speedy threat that will hold secondaries honest. Health willing, a big play creator.

Crabbs top-50 receivers and running backs are D.K. Metcalf (11), N’Keal Harry (20), Elijah Holyfield (23), Kelvin Harmon (25), Marquise Brown (32), Devin Singletary (34), Riley Ridley (42), Josh Jacobs (44), A.J. Brown (45), Samuel and Darrell Henderson (48).

2019 NFL Draft Board – the pre-combine top 50 - Michael Renner


Risner started all four seasons at Kansas State and his career-low grade was 87.9 overall.


In Ford’s lone season as a starter, he allowed all of seven pressures all season long and didn’t allow a sack until the playoffs.


The Mississippi State center allowed all of five pressures this past season on 369 pass-blocking snaps.

Jenkins is the lone interior blocker on Renner’s list, but Risner and Ford could presumably kick inside to fill the Ravens need at guard.

Ravens’ Take on D.K. Metcalf and the Wide Receiver Class - Clifton Brown

Metcalf isn’t the only wide receiver being linked to the Ravens in mock drafts. Others include Ole Miss teammate A.J. Brown, N’Keal Harry of Arizona State, Marquise Brown of Oklahoma, Kelvin Harmon of N.C. State and Riley Ridley of Georgia.

Metcalf, A.J. Brown, Harry, Harmon and Ridley are possession and big-play receivers who could fill the void left by Crabtree’s expected departure. However, the Ravens are not ruling out drafting a speed receiver like Marquise Brown, who will not participate in drills at the Combine due to Lisfranc foot surgery. Blocking is not the 5-foot-10, 170 pounder’s forte, but he is a playmaker, something the Ravens covet.

“We’re not taking a great blocker who can’t catch,” Hortiz said.

“It’s a pretty deep group. Top-tier, I think everyone is going to probably have different guys at the top. … There are guys in the first, second, third rounds that are going to have a chance to come in and be starters in the NFL.”

After releasing Michael Crabtree, it appears likely the Ravens will draft a wideout or two in the first few rounds.

Three-round 2019 NFL mock draft 2.0: Kyler Murray to Jaguars - Chad Reuter

22. Ravens

D.K. Metcalf - WR

School: Mississippi | Year: Sophomore (RS) If Metcalf’s medical history is not an issue, he could go higher due to his ability to make big plays downfield. For now, I’ll say the Ravens take a shot on a potential home run hitter for Lamar Jacksonfollowing the release of Michael Crabtree.

85. Ravens

Deionte Thompson - S

School: Alabama | Year: Junior (RS) Thompson will not be working out at the combine due to a wrist injury. If he is available in the third round, like former teammate Ronnie Harrison was in 2018, the Ravens have found themselves a bargain replacement for Eric Weddle (if the team parts with him this offseason).

102. Ravens

Jalen Jelks - Edge

School: Oregon | Year: Senior (RS) Terrell Suggs and Za’Darius Smith are impending free agents. Adding Jelks to a mix that includes another third-round pick, Tim Williams, could set the team up well for the future.

This mock would give Baltimore’s roster a great infusion of speed and athleticism.