Now that the NFL free agency has slowed down a bit, here’s how we see the Baltimore Ravens’ draft board playing out:
17 – round 1 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Free Safety, Alabama
48 – round 2 Allen Robinson, Wide Receiver, Penn State
79 – round 3 CJ Fiedorowicz, Tight End, Iowa
99 – round 3 Terrance West, Running back, Towson (comp pick)
134 – round 4 AJ McCarron, Quarterback, Alabama (comp pick)
138 – round 4 Joann James, Offensive Tackle, Tennessee (comp pick)
175 – round 5 Antone Exum, Cornerback, Virginia Tech (comp pick)
193 – round 6 Andrew Jackson, Inside Linebacker, Western Kentucky
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix obviously fills a major need for the Ravens. He is long, rangy, and makes plays. He’s a ‘Bama player so he is very well coached and game ready. Next to Matt Elam, he will part of a formidable safety duo for years to come!
Allen Robinson is a stout, 6’2″ wide receiver that always fights for the ball. In any other year, he would have been a probable late first round draft pick, but due to the depth and quality of this year’s wide receiver class, he drops to the second round. His play is sometimes Boldinesque!
CJ Fiedorowicz is an attentive and physical straight ahead type of a blocker, with soft hands for a big man. He compares to Heath Miller, in the sense that he has good straight line speed, and at a shade under 6’6″ is a presence in the red zone. He would give the Ravens a great 1-2 punch in a two-tight end set opposite of Dennis Pitta.
Terrance West is the highest rated running back coming out of the draft in the Ravens’ eyes. They don’t have to spend a first or second round pick on him, and will be happy to find him here in the third. He is a power back that can move the pile, with decent speed to get to the second level. He’ll be a nice compliment to Bernard Pierce, Ray Rice (or someone else) in a 3 back rotation.
AJ McCarron may not be here when it’s the Ravens’ turn to pick, but he would be a fantastic pick up here. He is one of the most underrated players in this year’s draft! He is more field general than thrower, and that’s not a bad thing. Has a high football IQ, but average arm strength. His skill set will fit Gary Kubiak’s offense perfectly.
JaWuan James is a huge right tackle out of Tennesee. This 6’6″ 324 giant is a plug and play starting right tackle from day one! The Ravens heavily scouted him and his left tackle teammate, Antonio Richardson. They looked at both of them prior to extending Eugene Monroe’s contract, and since they do not need a left tackle, they’ll be happy to address the right tackle spot with James, who happens to be a much better technician than his teammate “Tiny” Richardson.
Antone Exum is a 6′ 215 pound cornerback and safety, a hybrid type all wrapped up into one! His versatility is a valuable asset. He suffered a knee injury playing pick up basketball in 2013, came back from it but injured his ankle. He had a great junior season, last year – his senior season – wasn’t so great due to his injuries. Still, this is a very good player that would help the Ravens secondary, particularly in nickel and dime packages.
Andrew Jackson is a 6’1″ 254 inside linebacker who plays with a nasty disposition, and would serve as a decent back up to Daryl Smith and Arthur Brown. We’ve heard that Rolando McClain may attempt a comeback, but whether he does or not, this pick makes sense here.
This mock is sure to change between now and May 8, so stay tuned……