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Ravens News 4/27: Day 2 analysis, 4th round mock and more

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Exhausting Friday Night Was an Exercise In Patience - John Eisenberg

Lacking a second-round pick, the Ravens waited … and waited … and waited … before finally getting a chance to select a player.

“That was definitely a challenge,” Ravens General Manager Eric DeCosta admitted. “It was very frustrating for me to watch all those good players coming off the board (to other teams).”

The Ravens looked into trading up into the second round, but the cost was “prohibitive,” DeCosta said, so they just waited until their original turn arrived and hoped they could make an impact with their two third-round picks.

Ferguson certainly will have an opportunity to make an immediate difference. Boykin is “a really intriguing receiver” with “tremendous physical gifts,” DeCosta said.

Live analysis of the 2019 NFL Draft - Pro Football Focus

Baltimore Ravens – Edge Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech

Here’s a pass rusher that set the NCAA FBS career sack record but epitomizes why PFF does what we do. He still graded really well in pass rushing but not what the total sack numbers would suggest as he didn’t win his rushes at a top level and also lacks the athleticism you’d like to see to translate those sack numbers.

T-18th overall grade among ED

13th pass-rush grade among ED

5th pressure rate among ED (20.8)

5th win rate among ED (23.4)

Baltimore Ravens – WR Miles Boykin, Notre Dame

Insanely elite athleticism with natural hands but with limited ability after the catch and running a varied route tree. Boykin is all projection at this point, as his great workout numbers haven’t translated to the field yet.

29th overall grade among WR

31st receiving grade among WR

T-27th 1st/TDs among WR (44)

T-14th explosive plays among WR (27)

Pick-by-pick analysis for Rounds 2-3 - Daniel Jeremiah

85. Jaylon Ferguson, DE, Baltimore Ravens

You don’t get more productive than him. Size, length and power. He’s outstanding with his hands, quick swipe, get home and finish.

93. Miles Boykin, WR, Baltimore Ravens

He’s big and fast, they play him inside/outside. As the season ended, his stock went through the roof.

NFL Draft 2019 Grades: Analysis of Every Pick in Rounds 2-3 - Andy Benoit


Many saw Ferguson as a higher-level prospect, but he didn’t test well prior to the draft. His film, however, showed good hand usage and a productive speed-to-power rush. The Ravens need a replacement for Za’Darius Smith and might need another next year for Matt Judon, who is slated for free agency. 2017 second day picks Tyus Bowser and Tim Williams have not developed, so the Ravens are trying again. GRADE: A-


Yes, drafting Marquise Brown in the first round takes some of the sting off Baltimore’s dire need at wide receiver, but entering Friday night, it was still a position of need. Boykin is viewed more as a developmental project. Do they believe he can contribute immediately in a No. 4 role? GRADE: C+

Round 4 NFL Mock Draft 2019: Bengals and Patriots land QBs, Hakeem Butler and Kelvin Harmon find teams - R.J. White

Round 4 - Pick 11 (113)

Kris Boyd CB TEXAS - SR - 5’11 / 201 LBS

Boyd is a high-ceiling, low-floor prospect at corner that the Ravens can bring in and try to develop into one of their top three guys down the road.

Round 4 - Pick 21 (123)

Lamont Gaillard OL GEORGIA - SR - 6’3 / 305 LBS

The Ravens were in play for some offensive line help in Round 1, but they have yet to address the issue. Gaillard could carve out a role at guard or center.

Round 4 - Pick 25 (127)

Riley Ridley WR GEORGIA - JR - 6’1 / 199 LBS

The Ravens already took two receivers, but did you see their depth chart at the position coming into the draft? I’d keep loading up if one of the Day 2 talents makes it to them with this pick.