It’s time to look over the most recent NFL mock drafts. Not many have been posted since the Baltimore Ravens added WR Seth Roberts, but as I published only a few days ago, that shouldn’t change Eric DeCosta’s draft strategy.
Starting with the most recent mock, CBS Sports’ Ryan Wilson updated his mock draft on April 7. Surprisingly, Wilson sees the Ravens as the first team to pick a wide receiver in the 2019 NFL Draft.
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.
I believe most Ravens fans are okay with this; I certainly am. Most would be interested in Metcalf or Cody Ford as I’ve noticed in a few mocks, but Ford is picked up by the New York Giants at 17, leaving Baltimore with their pick of the wide receiver litter at 22.
From Bleacher Report’s Joe Tansey comes a one-round mock where he also believes the Ravens are going wide receiver.
22. Baltimore Ravens: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
Unfortunately, Tansey doesn’t include his reasoning. Not a problem though, I think we all can understand why.
In Tansey’s draft, the Ravens have their pick of:
- Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
- Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
- Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
- Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State
- Garrett Bradbury, C, NC State
Of these names, I’d be completely okay with the Brown or Bradbury selection. A center to bolster the middle of the line is a great idea. He’s been a name on the radar for a bit as both CBS Sports’ Chris Trapasso & R.J. White picked Bradbury in their most recent mock drafts.
I like the idea of going wide receiver or offensive line. Building protection around your franchise quarterback is a great idea. Giving him receivers is great as well. With the defense still looking sharp, going offense here is a great idea.
Up next, WalterFootball updated their mock on April 3, where, you guessed it, the Ravens go pass-catcher in Round 1.
22. Baltimore Ravens: Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
The Ravens lost John Brown and Michael Crabtree in free agency. They have a huge void at receiver, which they could fill with Parris Campbell. I imagine that Baltimore will be looking for a receiver with electrifying speed to pair with Lamar Jackson’s arm.
Parris Campbell has big-play ability, but didn’t live up to it statistically in the past because of some poor passing. That changed late in 2018, as Campbell dominated Michigan in the regular-season finale. There’s a decent chance he’s the third receiver drafted.
I’ve been a big fan of Campbell’s play and I’d be happy with this pick. Some think this is far too high for the wideout as he was only an honorable mention on both Stampede Blue’s WR prospects article and CBS Sports Top Prospects piece. But Walter Football ranks Campbell second on their wide receiver rankings and as such, he’s the Ravens’ pick at 22.