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Ravens 2021 Draft: Day 3 Instant Reaction Roundtable

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Our instant reactions to the Baltimore Ravens selection of Tylan Wallace with pick No. 131 in the 2021 NFL Draft...


DeCosta catches a sliding prospect with Wallace, a field stretcher who brings Steve Smith-esque competitiveness in contested catch situations. Combined with Sammy Watkins and Rashod Bateman, Wallace completes a massive transformation of the Ravens receiver room that is now one of the league’s most talented and deepest. Perhaps DeCosta was not as hopeful about the young returning receivers as he insinuated during his pre-draft press conference. Or maybe the value of Wallace was too great to pass on in the 4th round. Either way, the Ravens lack of receiver investment narrative should be promptly put to bed.

- Vasilis Lericos


It appears EDC was a little more insulted by the passing game production than he suggested. Tylan Wallace very well could be a 2nd round talent and will add that much more juice to what is—for maybe the first time?—a very exciting young receiving corps for the Ravens. Lamar Jackson should now have an embarrassment of riches to throw to and I couldn’t be happier to type that sentence. Spectacular pick.

- Cassidy Higdon


Color me pleasantly surprised by this pick. Tylan Wallace is a great value pick at No. 131. He gives the Ravens another talented pass-catcher and furthers the infusion of talent at wide receiver this offseason. Iron sharpens iron.

- Frank Platko


Tylan Wallace was one of my favorite prospects in the draft. He is one of the most well-rounded receivers in this draft class and plays with a lot of physicality for his 6’0” size. He excels at making contested catches and should add a new dimension to a Ravens’ wide receiver group that is suddenly rich with talent.

- Jakob Ashlin


Eric DeCosta adds another weapon for quarterback Lamar Jackson in Tylan Wallace. Despite his size, Wallace is very good at contested catches and jump balls. Wallace had an extremely productive collegiate career at Oklahoma State and was expected by many to go earlier in the draft. Instead, he falls to the Ravens at pick 131. Baltimore now has some serious competition for roster spots in the wide receiver room.

- Dustin Cox


The master of misdirection strikes again! For the fourth year in the row, the Ravens have doubled down in the draft at wide receiver and this year’s pair could be the best of the bunch. Wallace is a tremendous value in the late fourth round considering he was projected to go on day two as high as the second round. He is bully on the boundary who goes up for the ball to make contested catches and can make great last second adjustments to the ball with excellent body control. After all the talk of being insulted about how the Ravens WR depth chart looked before the draft, GM Eric DeCosta must have taken it to heart because he has drastically improved it with the addition of Wallace after taking Bateman with his first pick on day one. Expect serious schematic changes to Greg Roman’s offense in 2021!

- Joshua Reed


The first double-dip in the 2021 NFL Draft for the Ravens and the position is none other than wide receiver. More so, Wallace thrives as an outside receiver, though he is arguably undersized. That being said, he certainly doesn’t play undersized. He’s a fierce competitor and going through his highlights you can see he high points the ball and attacks it, rather than let it fall to him.Something I’m most thrilled about is Wallace’s college production. Three-straight seasons with at least 900 yards and six touchdowns. There aren’t complaints of “unsure hands,” either. The Ravens draft strategy appears to have shifted from high potential wide receivers to consistent and sure-handed players. Something I’m incredibly fond of. This is an excellent pick and at the right spot, too.

- Kyle P. Barber


Our instant reactions to the Baltimore Ravens selection of Shaun Wade with pick No. 160 in the 2021 NFL Draft...


Once considered a first round talent, Wade may prove to be a fifth round steal. Despite struggling on the boundary in 2020, he previously played well as a slot corner for the Buckeyes. Wade could ultimately transition to safety due to his measurables and run support capability. An intriguing addition to the Ravens loaded secondary.

- Vasilis Lericos


The Ravens add more depth to the secondary in the form of Shaun Wade. Wade made a mistake by returning to Ohio State for another season as he went on to have a poor season, resulting in his draft stock tanking. Wade is not suited to play on the outside, but he can provide some depth behind the oft-injured Tavon Young in the slot. Wade has also been projected to potentially switch to safety in the NFL. If he can get back to his 2019 level of play, then the Ravens might have found a steal.

- Dustin Cox


Wade’s draft stock was high after a great 2019 season at Ohio State, but he really struggled at times in 2020. It should be noted that he was reportedly battling turf toe throughout the season. The Ravens’ coaching staff should be able to maximize his talent. If he is healthy, this pick has a good amount of upside for the fifth-round.

- Jakob Ashlin


Shaun Wade is a worthwhile flier in the fifth round. He underwhelmed in 2020 but won’t be tasked with covering De’Vonta Smith-types for the Ravens. His safety/nickel versatility makes for intriguing upside.

- Frank Platko


Many see the criticisms of Wade returning for the 2020 season, but he originally opted out due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After the Big Ten decided to continue their season, he played his season and I feel that’s more of a sign he wasn’t prepped and ready to play football after he originally opted out. He excelled in 2018 and 2019, and I’m confident the 2020 season was an anomaly. He’s also not being drafted to make an immediate impact unless he can, which helps for him to get up to NFL speed behind Marlon Humphrey, Marcus Peter and more. Solid fifth-round dart throw by the Ravens.

- Kyle P. Barber


Landing Wade this late in the draft is a tremendous value for the Ravens and addresses one of the most under the radar yet vital needs on defense. The former Buckeye shined in the slot in 2019 and likely would have been a first or second rounder had he came out for last year’s draft but a rough 2020 season hurt his stock. He’ll provide depth at nickel corner behind the often-injured Tavon Young, allow the Ravens to leave All-Pro Marlon Humphrey on the outside in case of another injury, play some safety, and could be the eventual succession plan in the slot.

- Joshua Reed


Our instant reactions to the Baltimore Ravens selection of Daelin Hayes with pick No. 171 in the 2021 NFL Draft...


DeCosta opts for another former bluechip recruit from a blueblood program with his second 5th round pick. Hayes was a team captain for Notre Dame known for his leadership and community service. On the football field, he is a slightly undersized pass rusher with alignment versatility. He will compete for the fifth edge defender roster spot in training camp.

- Vasilis Lericos


The Ravens double dip at edge rusher by taking Daelin Hayes out of Notre Dame. Hayes won’t blow you away, but he can provide some solid depth at outside linebacker for Baltimore. Hayes’ ability to drop into coverage is something the Ravens covet in their outside linebackers.

- Dustin Cox


Daelin Hayes is a perfect scheme fit as a SAM backer in Baltimore. His ability to drop and cover in man coverage while setting the edge is a chef’s kiss for Wink Martindale. An older prospect, Hayes has dealt with injury issues at times, but brings a mature, well rounded game to Baltimore’s defensive front. He had an impressive showing in Mobile and will see the field.

- Spencer Schultz


Hayes was a standout at the Senior Bowl practices. Still, his production has been underwhelming. As a pass rusher, he has recorded only nine total sacks in 43 games. He has made some highlight plays, but he was never a truly dominant force at Notre Dame. His biggest strength is his ability in pass coverage. Hopefully, he can finally put it all together and give the Ravens a solid depth option.

- Jakob Ashlin


Not too knowledgeable on Hayes, but reading his NFL draft profile this feels like a quintessential Ozzie pick. Heralded as a “high-character team leader” and praised for his leadership, while being a decent football player. The good news is Hayes is a big boy who can be versatile in the Ravens’ scheme. His senior season was solid after a bit of underwhelming years to begin his college career. In 2020 he produced 17 tackles, 6.0 TFL and 3.0 sacks. I like it.

- Kyle P. Barber


The Ravens double down at edge rusher with this pick and take a day three flier on a high character guy that they got a good look at during the Senior Bowl. Hayes’ upside isn’t nearly as high Odafe Oweh’s but he is capable of providing quality depth at position that was depleted in free agency.

- Joshua Reed


Our instant reactions to the Baltimore Ravens selection of Ben Mason with pick No. 184 in the 2021 NFL Draft...


Mason is a classic Harbaugh-era Ravens pick. A hard nosed, overachieving team captain and special teams standout. Graded as the consensus top fullback in the class, Mason has a chance to carve out a role for himself if he shows enough versatility in training camp to secure a roster spot.

- Vasilis Lericos


This is an interesting pick. Mason played both fullback and tight end at Michigan and was utilzied primarily as a lead blocker. He doesn’t offer much as a playmaker with 119 career scrimmage yards at Michigan. He should thrive in Baltimore in a Pat Ricard/Nick Boyle role. However, I am not convinced this is the best value in the fifth round.

- Jakob Ashlin


I was unfamiliar with Ben Mason, so I was puzzled when I saw the Ravens draft a fullback. After learning more about Mason, it appears that he will probably play the h-back role that Hayden Hurst provided. Mason may be an eventual replacement for Patrick Ricard at fullback, though I find it hard to believe Baltimore would move on from the young Pro-Bowler after this season. One thing is for sure, the Ravens are going to continue running the ball at will.

- Dustin Cox


The Ravens keep the Michigan pipeline flowing with this pick and while there were some other pass catching options at tight end still on the board, they opted to take the athletic hybrid fullback instead. Mason will compete with recently acquired Josh Oliver, Eric Tomlison, and 2020 undrafted free agents Eli Wolf and Jacob Breeland for the third tight end role that was vacated and noticeably absent from the offense in 2020. He showed off his pass catching skills at the Senior Bowl and could also provide depth at fullback behind two-time Pro Bowler Patrick Ricard.

- Joshua Reed


They can pick all the athletic freak pass rushers and flashy wide receivers you want, but at the end of the day (literally in this case) the Ravens prove once again that they can’t help themselves from time to time.

- Jake Louque