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2018 NFL Mock Draft Ravens Roundup 4.0: Post-combine edition

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2018 NFL Mock Draft Ravens Roundup 4.0: Post-combine edition

The NFL Combine has come and gone and with that causes a rise or fall in prospects NFL dreams.

Running back Saquon Barkley amazed scouts with his complete domination while Ravens mock draft favorite, Orlando Brown, disappointed many with his 5.85 40-yard dash.

With the combine behind us, we can start to get a clearer picture of who organizations could legitimately be drafting.

It can also cause a significant shuffle in mock drafts. 

Here is what pundits are now predicting for the Ravens at No. 16 post-combine.


NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig (Link)

— Marcus Davenport (DE)

Coming out of University Texas-San Antonio, the 6-6, 255 pound defensive end is unlikely to be taken at No.16.

Why? Owner Steve Bisciotti said at his State of the Ravens press conference, "I think that there is a really good chance that we won’t be drafting a defensive tackle in the first round."

It would be safe to say an offensive player will be of much more importance to the team in the first-round than another defensive one.

— Kerryon Johnson (RB)

Standig does have the Ravens taking an offensive player at No. 52. 

The running back out of Auburn rushed for 1,391 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2017.

At the combine, Johnson ran a 7.07-second three-cone drill and a 4.29-second 20-yard shuttle. His NFL comparison is that of Tevin Coleman.

CBS Sports (Link)

— Derrius Guice (RB)

While fans are hoping for a wide receiver, a running back would be another good offensive weapon option for Flacco.

Guice rushed for 1,251 yards in 2017. He also had 18 receptions for 124 yards and 13 total touchdowns.

At the combine, Guice ran the 40 in 4.49 seconds, had 15 reps on bench press and a 31.5-inch vertical jump. His draft profile compares him to Marshawn Lynch. Not too shabby. 


NFL.com (Link)

— Baker Mayfield (QB)

NFL.com says the Ravens need to be in rebuild mode, starting with the QB. 

Mayfield is a obviously a well-known draft name, but could still be around at No. 16 with the 2018 draft being a hot QB class. 

At the combine, Mayfield ran a 4.84 40-yard dash and was a top performer with a 4.28 20-yard shuttle. 

Mayfield would be expected to learn under Flacco until his era came to an end. 

Land of 10 (Link)

— Orlando Brown (OT) 

Brown's combine performance didn't go as he and scouts had planned. 

His 5.85 40-yard dash left many disappointed. He put up 14 reps on bench press, with a 19.5-inch vertical and a 82-inch broad jump. 

At the end of the day, his height and massive frame is what's going to continue to entice teams. 

ESPN, Bleacher Report, Sporting News

— Calvin Ridley (WR)

Ridley is seen as the only real first-round WR in the 2018 draft and the Ravens may not want to let him go for just that reason.

He, too, had an underwhelming combine running a 4.43 40-yard dash, recording a 31-inch vertical, a 110-inch broad jump and a 6.88-second three-cone drill. 

The bottom line on his draft profile says, "Ridley has game-changing talent complete with blazing speed and rare route-running ability for a college prospect. He ran the full route tree at Alabama, has experience working in a pro-style attack and is a plug-and-play starter on day one. He must improve his ability to defeat press corners off the snap or he'll become a feast or famine target. Ridley's elite speed and separation talent gives him the potential to become one of the more productive and dangerous receivers in the league."

Even with a mediocre combine, Ridley could bring a breath of fresh air to the Ravens' WR corps.

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Ravens' Eric DCosta not ruling out taking a quarterback at No. 16

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Ravens' Eric DCosta not ruling out taking a quarterback at No. 16

And with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select.... a quarterback?

Assistant general manager, and soon to be general manager, Eric DeCosta isn't ruling out the possibility that the Ravens use their first-round pick on drafting a quarterback to eventually replace Joe Flacco. 

"I feel like if there is a guy there that we think is really too good to pass up, we're going to take him," DeCosta told the team's website on the chance of draft a quarterback in the first-round. 

Quarterback is just one of many offensive needs for the team. Joe Flacco's stats have been trending downward as the 33-year old is entering his 11th season.


Owner Steve Bisciotti though may disagree with DeCosta.

At his annual State of the Ravens press conference, Bisciotti said, "That’s not really something that we’re worried about right now. We’ve got bigger fish to fry, I guess. I don’t consider that a big worry," in regards to looking at life after Joe. Bisciotti also noted the team would be looking at all options in free agency and the draft for weapons for their QB.

From the sound of that, it appears the team's first choice would be a wideout, but the Ravens haven't drafted a quarterback since Joe Flacco back in 2008. 

The 2018 NFL Draft class has a handful of strong quarterbacks to choose from and not a ton of first-round wide receivers. 

Former Ravens scout, Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com has predicted the team with take Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield in the first-round. 

"It basically depends on our evaluation and how we feel about the guy, what we think he can become as a player and what we think his upside is and if he's there," DeCosta said

Backup Ryan Mallet is a free agent so the organization will have to find someone to fill the role, whether it's someone on a one year-deal, or the future QB of the franchise. 


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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed wide receiver Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal on Friday according to general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome.

The deal is apparently worth $21 million, according to Adam Schefter.

After being released by the Raiders on Thursday following the signing of Jordy Nelson, Crabtree heads to the Ravens less than 24 hours later.


The 31-year-old is coming off a 2017 season when he recorded 58 receptions for 618 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2016 he posted 89 receptions for 1,003 yards and eight touchdowns.

Since 2015, the Texas Tech product has scored 25 receiving touchdowns, the fifth-most in the NFL. Crabtree and Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown are the only NFL players to post at least eight touchdown catches in each of the past three seasons.


In all, Crabtree has played nine NFL seasons – six of them with San Francisco (2009-14) and three with Oakland (2015-17). The former first-round draft pick (10th overall, Texas Tech) has registered 579 receptions for 6,870 yards (11.9 avg.) and 51 touchdowns in 125 career games (122 starts).

“Michael has played very well against the Ravens, so we know firsthand the attributes he brings to the game,” Newsome said in a team statement. “He is a smart, tough, physical receiver who battles for the ball. We like his temperament and believe he is a good fit for our football team, on and off the field.”

Since he entered the NFL in 2009, Crabtree’s 51 receiving scores rank 10th among active wide receivers, while his receptions (579) are seventh, and his receiving yards (6,870) are 12th.