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Top-250 Big Board for the 2019 NFL Draft - Pro Football Focus

19. OT DALTON RISNER, KANSAS STATE

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

22. OT CODY FORD, OKLAHOMA

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.

26. C ELGTON JENKINS, MISSISSIPPI STATE

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

41. C GARRETT BRADBURY, NC STATE

Bradbury was a top-five graded center each of the past two seasons and the highest-graded Power-5 center in this draft class both years as well.

51. G CHRIS LINDSTROM, BOSTON COLLEGE

The former tackle kicked inside to guard this past season and allowed only four pressures all season long.

55. G HJALTE FROHOLDT, ARKANSAS

Froholdt played both center and guard during his tenure with the Razorbacks. This past season, he was one of the nation’s best pass protectors, allowing five pressures all season long.

74. G NATE DAVIS, CHARLOTTE

Davis allowed all of four pressures on 234 pass-blocking snaps this past season between tackle and guard. He’ll end up at the latter in the pros.

76. G CONNOR MCGOVERN, PENN STATE

McGovern played center in 2017 and guard in 2016 and 2018. He allowed only 15 pressures on 464 pass-blocking snaps this past year.

80. C ERIK MCCOY, TEXAS A&M

McCoy struggled a bit in the 1-on-1s at the Senior Bowl, winning only 21 percent of his pass pro reps. His tape suggests a player though that’s one of the most complete interior linemen in this class.

93. G TREVON TATE, MEMPHIS

Tate played tackle at Memphis but projects inside in the NFL. He earned an 86.0 pass-blocking grade this past season and allowed all of 10 pressures.

PFF’s first round worthy wide receivers are D.K. Metcalf, A.J. Brown, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Andy Isabella and Marquise Brown.

Why the Pass Rush Concerns Are Overstated - John Eisenberg

Smith and Suggs led the way, but the clever schemes of Defensive Coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale also had a lot to do with the pass rush’s effectiveness, as did the unit’s depth. Those factors resulted in the pass-rush wealth being spread among quite a few players.

As the 2019 team slowly comes into focus, the Ravens still have players who were responsible for 55.7 percent of the team’s quarterback hits, 61.6 percent of the tackles for losses and 77.7 percent of the forced fumbles in 2018.

Some of Baltimore’s young defenders will probably step up in 2019, but with Matt Judon poised to hit free agency next offseason, edge defender persists as a long-term need.

Top-15 edge defenders in the 2019 NFL Draft - Pro Football Focus

4. EDGE CHASE WINOVICH, MICHIGAN

Winovich is coming off back to back seasons with grades over 90.0 overall – the only such qualifying power-5 player in the draft class that can boast that.

12. EDGE MAXX CROSBY, EASTERN MICHIGAN

Crosby has some of the best bend of any edge rusher in this class. He earned grades of 88.2 and 90.6 the past two seasons.

15. EDGE BEN BANOGU, TCU

Still learning the position, TCU’s Banogu earned just a 72.1 overall grade playing edge defender for the Horned Frogs in 2018 but has unparalleled with his ideal size and athleticism.

Winovich is expected to be drafted within the first 50 picks while Crosby and Banogu are among the handful of developmental edge rushers that fit the Ravens scheme.

Three-round 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Four QBs go in top 15 - Ryan Wilson

22 RAVENS

D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

Metcalf, who blazed a 4.33 40-yard time at the combine, has game-changing talent. He would add another dimension to the Ravens’ run-heavy offense.

21 (85) RAVENS

Christian Miller, EDGE, Alabama

Miller had eight sacks and 11 tackles for loss during the 2018 season and he would give the Ravens a much-needed pass rusher after losing Terrell Suggs and Za’Darius Smith in free agency.

38 (102) RAVENS

David Long Jr., LB, West Virginia

Long is undersized, but he plays with a low center, strength and speed. He has a nose for the ball and when he knows where to go he’s unstoppable.

Christian Miller is an athletic prospect with strong hands and a variety of pass rush moves.