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WDD (Wet Dream Draft)

At this stage of the game I feel like the Beatdown community is aware of the talent pool in the 2020 draft and what players they'd prefer to see join the flock. Like many of you, I've been indulging in draft simulators, mitigating my anxiety over the Baltimore roster needs. Talent can definitely be had in this draft, especially where/when the Ravens currently pick. Here's the result from one of my most recent 7 rd mocks (Fanspeak On The Clock simulator, Matt Miller rankings, difficult setting, no trades):

  • R1P28 - A.J. Epenesa (DE)
  • R2P23 - Laviska Shenault Jr. (WR)
  • R2P28 - Antoine Winfield (DB)
  • R3P28 - Leki Fotu (DT)
  • R3P42 - Khalid Kareem (DE)
  • R4P23 - Matt Hennessy (C)
  • R4P37 - Shane Lemieux (G)
  • R5P24 - Willie Gay Jr. (LB)
  • R7P11 - Jeff Thomas (WR)

Yes, this result is highly unlikely in real life, but it doesn't hurt to consider it. There are variables that are worth considering that could lead to some of this actually happening:

Reasons They Might Fall:

Epenesa has had good production, but his most recent season's numbers went down. To add, he didn't exactly ace the combine. He's position is also debatable; teams aren't sure if he's a pass rushing DT or 3-4 DE. There is legitimate chance that he tumbles further than expected.

Shenault has dealt with injuries during his most recent season and also experienced declined numbers and missed games. His combine also left something to be desired as his 40 time was not what experts expected.

Winfield is a great talent, but he too missed a good amount of games due to injury. He also does not have ideal measurables (height/weight).

Fotu, for most teams is a probably a run stuffing DT, and may not be a consideration as a high pick.

Kareem is not an ideal fit for all teams, as he is considered a pass rushing end with little to no bend, and less than ideal explosion.

Hennessy is considered to not have ideal power and may not be ready to insert in many starting lineups. This could possibly lead to him failing in the draft.

Lemieux is somewhat considered to be scheme-specific, so might also experience a bit of a tumble.

Gay is an unsure commodity. His abilities could translate very well to the NFL, or they couldn't. If he's here though, his physical profile is enough to warrant the gamble.

Thomas is largely an unknown commodity, and doesn't have production to warrant being on most team's radar.

Reasons They Should Be a Raven

Epenesa has Raven written all over him. He can play 5-Tech, DT, and also lineup in a 2-pt stance as an EDGE. He doesn't have bend and speed, but he has great technique and power. His game has the diversity the Ravens need, and production (2 yrs ago) to match. His past season? Go back and look at all the double-teams and/or game-planning teams made to avoid him. This situation is comparable to what happened with Suggs years ago.

Shenault was born to be Raven. Strong hangs, great in contested catch situations, tackle-breaker, great in the open field, tough, and just an overall amazing football player. He was overused at Colorado and that has lead to injuries (along with his physical style of play). His 40 time worries me not; he participated in the combine with a core injury. His game film shows he has good enough speed. I can't stop seeing a faster Anquan Boldin when I watch him play.

Winfield has been extremely productive, and often injured. However, the pros are worth the gamble. We all know the value of a great safety (see Ed Reed).

Fotu (IMO) looks eerily like the guy we just whiffed on (Michael Brockers). He has a strong athletic profile and can play anywhere on the D-Line. Not a sack guy, but not someone that would need to be relied on for high sack output. He should, however, contribute in shutting down opposing run games and disrupting offensive game-plans.

Kareem wins by playing with length, and power. I'll take both of those at EDGE and 5-Tech in this Baltimore DEF.

Hennessy fills a need at Center more than anything. He is not an ideal fit (today), but over time he could he and should be a starting caliber player. At a minimum he could provide depth in the immediate future, at a key position.

Lemieux is a good fit. He plays a power game in the interior offensive line and fills a need with Yanda's retirement. The Oregon offensive line was less than stellar this past NCAA season, but Lemieux was the best individual player in the group.

Gay in rd5? In all honesty I don't see him lasting this long; this was just me taking advantage of the simulator results. Gay nailed the combine and teams are likely re-evaluating him. Even without significant production I anticipate most teams taking a chance on him early, due to his athletic profile.

Thomas is a speed player that doesn't have the production, as he played on a bad Miami team. But adding another deep threat to compliment Lamar is never a bad thing.

Waking Up From The Dream

There is legit possibility that 90% of this mock doesn't happen. Many of these players might be high on many team's draft boards for various reasons. It's particularly troubling that Seattle drafts ahead of Baltimore and typically looks for similar types of players. I'd be shocked if Epenesa, Shenault, Winfield, Hennessy, and Gay fall (in real life) to where they did in my mock. And if you factor-in trades, and how much teams will move around to acquire players, that further complicates this result ever happening. But hey... a guy can dream.

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