Should the Ravens go defense with their top two picks in the draft?
The idea makes sense. Getting tight end Ben Watson and wide receiver Mike Wallace in free agency has left the Ravens with fewer holes to fill offensively. And if wide receiver Breshad Perriman can stay healthy after missing his entire rookie season, it will give the Ravens another offensive weapon they did not have in 2015.
Expect the Ravens to take an offensive lineman at some point, after losing guard Kelechi Osemele to the Raiders. But even if the Ravens don’t draft a guard, John Urschel and Ryan Jensen have started before, and are ready to compete for the starting job at left guard.
The defense, however, has far more questions. The Ravens need a pass rusher. They need a corner. They could use an inside linebacker.
That’s why this draft could be defense-heavy for the Ravens, especially at the top of the board. In his latest two-round mock draft, Ben Standig of CSN has the Ravens taking Oregon defensive lineman DeForest Buckner at No. 6, and Boise St. outside linebacker Kamalei Correa in the second round at No. 36.
There is plenty of buzz about the Ravens taking Buckner, especially if Ohio St. defensive end Joey Bosa and UCLA linebacker Myles Jack are off the board. The Ravens spoke highly of Buckner at their pre-draft luncheon.
“He’s a big, athletic guy who can rush the passer on the inside,” said Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta of Buckner. “We think he can develop as a two-gapper. He’s a young player with tremendous wingspan and growth potential – physical, plays hard.”
Correa had seven sacks last season, and his stock has been trending up since an impressive combine. Getting Correa at No. 36 could be a steal for the Ravens. Some don’t think he will last until the second round, like ESPN’s Mel Kiper, who has Correa going No. 27 to the Packers.
Fifteen NFL teams gave up more than 24 points per game last season. None of them made the playoffs. The Ravens gave up 25.1 points per game, and must lower that number to reach the postseason. That’s why the Ravens may be calling defensive players early and often in this draft.