After bringing in Terrance West and drafting Kenneth Dixon out of Louisiana Tech last year in the fourth round, could the Ravens make a play for one of the premier running backs in the draft in the first round?
CSNMidAtlantic.com's Ben Standig has the Ravens taking RB Dalvin Cook out of Florida State with the 16th pick. Here's what Ben had to say about the pick:
At some point the Ravens must find an edge pass rushing replacement for Terrell Suggs. They also must help Joe Flacco move closer to elite status with a balanced attack offensively. Cook is a playmaking dual threat who averaged 6.1 yards per carry and had 33 receptions in the regular season.
Make no mistake, Cook is very good and could be a day-one starter for the Ravens. However, is he worth the investment in the first round after using a fourth-round pick on Dixon last year?
Kenneth Dixon was hyped as a fantasy sleeper last summer before injuring his knee in preseason. He managed just six carries in his first three games back from injury before having a breakout game against Cleveland with 80 total yards on 11 touches. He only topped 80 total yards one more time on the season in a timeshare in the Ravens backfield.
Still, Dixon finished with 88 carries for 382 yards (4.3 yards per carry) and 30 receptions for 162 yards (5.4 yards per reception) and three total touchdowns in a part-time role.
Cook, on the other hand, had 3,456 yards on 517 carries (6.7 yards per carry) and 732 yards on 57 receptions for a combined 40 touchdowns in his last two years at Florida State. Somehow those seasons were only good for a 7th-place finish in 2015 and out of the running in 2016 for Heisman voting.
We still have the combine and pro days to get through, but what do you think of the idea of Dalvin Cook to the Ravens? Do you want the Ravens to target one of the elite running backs if they are available in the first round or look in another direction?