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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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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including how quarterback Lamar Jackson has fared during OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Following a January surgery on his left ankle, safety Tony Jefferson remains sidelined after the first week of OTAs. Originally, Jefferson was expected to return 4-6 weeks after surgery. However, now that it's 5 months later, his return timetable is becoming more and more concerning. 

2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson spoke with Ravens media Thursday about his progress not only learning the new offense implemented by Offensive Coordinator, Greg Roman, but learning the names of his new teammates as well. After another day of OTAs, Jackson was his biggest critic despite a solid day of running plays namely passing drills. “I’d say my first day, I sucked,” Jackson said to Ravens media. “Second day, I did better. Today was alright, but it could have been better. I always try to be perfect in practice. It was alright for the first week.”

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.


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'I started to realize that I’m not broken': Steve Smith opens up about mental health and depression

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'I started to realize that I’m not broken': Steve Smith opens up about mental health and depression

Former Carolina Panthers' star receiver Steve Smith spoke in front of a crowd of over 400 people at the fifth annual Wake up for Wellness breakfast that was sponsored by Mental Health America of Central Carolinas.

The 16-year veteran and current NFL Network analyst touched on the importance of seeking help for bouts with depression and spoke of battles that he has faced with the disease.

“On the outside you’ll see a tough exterior. But on the inside, I’m just broken or I believe even more broken than the average man. ... Because when the stadium goes dark and the cheers stop, you’re still looking for that pat on the back,” Smith said. “Throughout my whole career, I struggled with that.”

Smith discussed that in the beginning, he was so concerned about the stigma regarding mental health, that he opted for the professional to meet him for housecalls, and as time passed he realized the importance of speaking up.

“I started to realize that I’m not broken,” he said. “I’m not being sent back to the manufacturer ... I get up every morning and figure it out.”

Smith's comments on the issue came to light just a day after the NFL and NFLPA announced new legislation that focuses on mental well being.

The newly formed Comprehensive Mental Health and Wellness Committee will develop programs for members of the NFL in addition to collaborating with local and national mental health and suicide prevention organizations. Each team will be mandated to retain a Behavioral Health Team Clinician for assistance that will be required to be available to players at the individual team facilities for at least 8-12 hours per week and must conduct mandatory mental health education sessions for players and coaching staff.