Two weeks ago, I did my first mock draft for the Ravens’ nine picks. Here’s my final Ravens mock draft, before Round 1 gets started Thursday night.
Round 1 (6): Laremy Tunsil, LT, Mississippi
If the Chargers don’t take Tunsil at No. 3, he should get to No. 6 where the Ravens will scoop him up. He’s a safer pick than ILB Myles Jack, who could anywhere from the top five to the late teens due to concern about his knee.
Round 2 (36): Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio St.
The Ravens worked out Thomas in Columbus before the draft, and he might be a steal in this spot. He has good size (6-foot-2, 212 pounds), and while he’s no speedster, Thomas uses his body well and has great hands. The Ravens need playmakers, both for next season and for life after Steve Smith Sr. Adding Thomas to the mix of Smith, Breshad Perriman, Mike Wallace, and Kamar Aiken at wide receiver, along with a deep tight end group, would make quarterback Joe Flacco smile.
Round 3 (70): Cyrus Jones, CB Alabama
I’m sticking with Jones as the pick here. It will be a homecoming for the Baltimore native who went to Gilman High, and the Ravens need to add at least one corner in this draft.
Round 4 (104): B. J. Goodson, ILB, Clemson
Daryl Smith has moved onto the Buccaneers, leaving the Ravens with a void to fill at inside linebacker. Goodson led Clemson with 108 tackles last season and plays with constant energy. Plus, there’s something catchy about the Ravens having one inside linebacker named B. J., and another named C. J. (Mosley).
Round 4 (130): Sebastian Tretola, G, Arkansas
Again, I’m sticking with the same pick I had in my last mock. The Ravens need depth at guard after losing Kelechi Osemele in free agency.
Round 4 (132): Ronald Blair, DE-DT, Appalachian St.
The Ravens haven’t attacked their need for a pass rusher. So they grab Blair, who could be a fourth-round hit. At 6-foot-2, 284 pounds, Blair is an impressive athlete who had 2 ½ sacks against Clemson, showing he can hang when he steps up in competition.
Round 4 (134): Fahn Cooper, OT, Mississippi
Picking Tunsil’s college teammate adds more depth to the Ravens’ line. Cooper played left tackle in college when Tunsil was injured, so he can play both sides. At worst, he should be a solid NFL backup. At best, he could develop into a starter down the road.
Round 6, (182): Victor Ochi, OLB, Stony Brook
A cool story, Ochi is slated to become the first player ever from Stony Brook to be drafted. Ochi had 33 ½ sacks in college, and that attribute could carry over into the NFL.
Round 6 (209): Cody Kessler, QB, USC
The Ravens take a flier on their last pick, grabbing a quarterback they hope can develop into a solid backup for Flacco in case Ryan Mallett leaves after next season.