With the draft rapidly approaching, it’s time for a Ravens’ seven-round mock draft. Here’s my best guess at how the Ravens’ nine draft picks will play out:
Round 1 (6): ILB Myles Jack, UCLA
I think quarterbacks Jared Goff and Carson Wentz will go one-two regardless of who goes first. I also see Joey Bosa, Jalen Ramsey, and Laremy Tunsil all being gone when the Ravens pick at No. 6. However, that still leaves the Ravens getting an impact defensive player. With Jack and C. J. Mosley, the Ravens will be set an inside linebacker for years to come. Jack’s ability to cover, blitz, and pursue ball carriers will make the Ravens’ defense faster and more versatile.
Round 2 (36): OLB Kamalei Correa, Boise St.
The Ravens will be tempted to take a cornerback here, but Correa had 18 sacks over his last two seasons. Correa fits immediately as a young pass rusher to help Elvis Dumervil, Terrell Suggs, and Za’Darius Smith.
Round 3 (70): CB Cyrus Jones, Alabama
It would shock no one to see general manager Ozzie Newsome grab an Alabama player. Jones grew up in Baltimore as a Ravens fan and went to Gilman High. He wants to come home, and can help the Ravens as a nickel corner and on special teams as a returner. Jones had seven interceptions during his career and returned four punts for touchdowns.
Round 4 (104): DE Charles Tapper, Oklahoma
The run on defensive players continues. Tapper only weighs 271 pounds, but his initial impact would be as a situational pass-rusher. Tapper turned heads at the combine running 4.59 in the 40-yard dash.
Round 4 (130): G Sebastian Tretola, Arkansas
Tretola was a solid run blocker in college, and would provide offensive line depth after the Ravens lost Kelechi Osemele to the Raiders during free agency.
Round 4 (132): WR Aaron Burbridge, Michigan St.
Burbridge is not a speed guy, but at six feet, 206 pounds, he led the Big Ten with 85 catches last season and showed toughness catching the ball in traffic. Steve Smith Sr. would be a terrific mentor for Burbridge, who could develop into a reliable target for Joe Flacco.
Round 4 (134): OT Caleb Benenoch, UCLA
The Ravens take one of Jack’s former UCLA teammates. Benenoch is an ex-soccer player with good feet, and could develop quickly working with Ravens offensive line coach Juan Castillo.
Round 6 (182): S Kevin Byard, Middle Tennessee St.
The Ravens could use a ball hawk in the secondary and Byard had 19 career interceptions.
Round 6 (209) WR Bralon Addison, Oregon
Addison is small (5-foot-9) but quick. Ravens slot receiver Michael Campanaro has had trouble staying healthy, and Addison would provide competition with similar skills.