Grading the Draft: Baltimore Ravens

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Chris Tripodi

Draft Analyst Writer

Baltimore lost two key players to retirement in veteran receiver Steve Smith and young linebacker Zach Orr, let wideout Kamar Aiken leave in free agency and watched as running back Kenneth Dixon was suspended for the first four games. Many expected the Ravens to add some talent at the skills positions as a result, but they focused instead on rebuilding their once-vaunted defense.

1(16)

Marlon Humphrey

CB

Alabama

2(15)

Tyus Bowser

OLB

Houston

3(10)

Chris Wormley

DT

Michigan

3(14)

Tim Williams

OLB

Alabama

4(16)

Nico Siragusa

OG

San Diego State

5(15)

Jermaine Eluemunor

OT

Texas A&M

6(2)

Chuck Clark

S

Virginia Tech

UDFA Signings: Tim Patrick, WR, Utah; Zach Terrell, QB, Western Michigan; Tim White, WR, Arizona State; Daniel Henry, S, New Mexico; Quincy Adebayo, WR, Mississippi; Carlos Davis, CB, Mississippi; Bam Bradley, LB, Pittsburgh; Omarius Bryant, DT, Western Kentucky; Kenny Allen, P, Michigan; Donald Payne, LB, Stetson; Ricky Ortiz, FB, Oregon State; C.J. Board, WR, Tennessee-Chattanooga; Taquan Mizzell, RB, Virginia; Pat Ricard, DL, Maine; Maurquice Shakir, OL, Middle Tennessee; Brandon Kublanow, OL, Georgia

Most teams had Marlon Humphrey at the top of their cornerback boards in December but concerns of him being too much of a linear athlete mounted throughout the draft process, enough that he was no longer a top-32 prospect on two teams' draft boards and was outside our top 35 by April. The Ravens are betting his size (6-0, 197) and strength trump issues with his backpedal and in deep coverage.

Second-round pick Tyus Bowser was another Ravens' pick that differed from our board, where Bowser ranked 125th overall with a fourth-round grade. He's physical and forceful up the field and shows speed off the edge but gets tied up on blocks often and struggles moving both laterally and in reverse. Without solving those issues, he'll likely top out as a role player.

Drafting Chris Wormley in the third round was a shrewd move, and he's a great fit for the Ravens' defensive scheme. A versatile lineman who can play multiple spots at 6-5 and 298 pounds, Wormley is a stout run defender who moves well, shows ability rushing the passer and can contribute immediately.

A second-rounder on our board, Tim Williams was another nice Round 3 value for Baltimore. If he stays clean off the field, his explosive traits will make him a dangerous NFL pass rusher. At a time when many teams are viewing Alabama products as "beat up and maxed out," Ozzie Newsome drafted two in the first three rounds and is zigging while everybody else zags, per usual.

Nico Siragusa ran just 5.35 in the 40-yard dash at the combine but is more athletic than the testing would imply, blocking effectively in motion and working quickly to the second level. A better pass protector than run blocker, Siragusa has some technical flaws but can develop into a starter if he improves his fundamentals.

Baltimore stayed with the interior line in Round 5 with Jermaine Eluemunor. A college tackle who will kick inside at the NFL level, he's a nasty run blocker with good feel, footwork and vision along with growth potential and solid long-term upside.

The Ravens rounded out their draft with Chuck Clark, a versatile defensive back who can play both corner and safety. A big hitter with good ball skills, Clark should have a role in the NFL in nickel and dime packages.

After the draft Baltimore signed two players of note in Tim White and Brandon Kublanow. White was productive at Arizona State but is small (5-10, 173) and lacks blazing speed (4.51), although his quickness, acceleration and agility give him a chance as a returner, where he was productive in college. Kublanow is a tough lineman who lacks the size and physical skills to develop into much at the NFL level.

Analysis: The Ravens underwhelmed in the first two rounds but bounced back by getting good value on Wormley and Williams in Round 3. Their third-day picks all came at appropriate value and while Baltimore did a nice job adding pieces to its defense, ignoring the skill positions on offense could make it difficult for the Ravens to improve on an offense which ranked outside the top 20 in scoring last season. Grade: B-