You’ve heard a lot about the Ravens’ top-two draft picks – wide receiver Breshad Perriman and tight end Maxx Williams. However, third-round pick Carl Davis could be the sleeper of this year’s Ravens’ draft class.
Davis will have a chance to make an immediate impact on the defensive line due to his versatility. He can play both defensive end and defensive tackle, and the Ravens lost a key piece of their defensive line when Haloti Ngata was traded to the Lions.
However, Davis is an intriguing prospect who expected to be drafted no later than the second round. He played college football at Iowa, where former Ravens’ offensive line coach Kirk Ferentz is the head coach. Ferentz remains close with the Ravens’ front office, and the Ravens track Iowa players closely. Why wouldn’t they? Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda also played at Iowa.
“Carl Davis is a guy that dominated at the Senior Bowl,” said Ravens’ assistant general manager Eric DeCosta after the draft. “A lot of scouts will agree that’s a really good sign. We have got great connections at Iowa. We know a lot about Carl Davis. We know exactly what we’re getting as a player.”
The youth movement on the defensive line has already begun. Brandon Williams played well last season at defensive tackle, becoming a starter in just his second year. Defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan had a solid rookie season.
With Ngata gone, the Ravens will be look to replace his talent collectively along the defensive line. Davis could be part of that equation.
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