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 Baltimore Ravens Draft Review


Team Needs: CB, WR, OT, DE


Selections:


Rd 1. 6 Ronnie Stanley OT Notre Dame

Rd 2. 42 Kamalei Correa OLB Boise St.

Rd 3. 70 Bronson Kafusi DE BYU

Rd 4. 104 Tavon Young CB Temple

Rd 4. 107 Chris Moore WR Cincinnati

Rd 4. 130 Alex Young OT Nebraska

Rd 4. 132 Willie Henry DT Michigan

Rd 4. 134 Kenneth Dixon RB Louisiana Tech

Rd 5. 146 Matt Judon DE Grand Valley State

Rd 6. 182 Keenan Reynolds RB Navy

Rd 6. 209 Maurice Canady CB Virginia



Recap:

Due to supplemental draft selections and a willingness to trade down the Ravens always seem to have around 10-11 selections in every draft. This year was no different, despite the team having a top ten selection.  WIth the 6th overall selection the Ravens made Ronnie Stanley the first tackle selected. While Laremy Tunsil is the superior player the draft day hacking of his social media accounts made many teams nervous about paying him as a top draft pick. Stanley is a very good approximation of Tunsil on the field but is a much better risk off the field. He also fills the team’s biggest need. After solidifying their offensive line the Ravens invested their next two picks, and two later picks, on defensive linemen/pass rushers.  Kamealei Correra and Bronson Kafusi give the team two young developmental edge players and both could play significant roles as rookies. Tavon Young was a surprising pick in the 4th round as he’s best suited in the slot due to his height. Chris Moore has nice size and the ability to factor into the team’s rotation. Alex Young is a nice hedge against an injury to Stanley and could be a long term spot starter/swing tackle. Willie Henry provides some depth to the interior of the defensive line but the star of this class could be Kenneth Dixon. Dixon was a great value at 134 and has enough talent and skill diversity to get on the field early as a rookie. Matt Judon will have a hard time making the roster unless injuries occur at the position. He should find a home on the practice squad. Keenan Reynolds has talent, and a commitment to the United States Navy, although it sounds like he might be able to find a way to fulfil both. Maurice Canady is a tall cornerback that offers a decent amount of upside, especially at 209 overall. He had a disappointing senior campaign or he would have been a much higher rated prospect.

Analysis:

  1. The Ravens clearly wanted to increase the depth and talent along their defensive front 7. While it’s difficult to predict which one (or two) of these players will become starters, it’s not hard to imagine the team developing at least one of them into a high end player.

  2. The Ravens took multiple players at 4 positions, creating competition and insuring against an injury to any given player.

  3. Dixon and Reynolds are both talented enough players to push for minutes as rookies. Should Justin Forsett struggle with injuries again this season Dixon, or the combo of Dixon and Reynolds could make it difficult for him to get the job back.

Grade: A-



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