Four weeks from today there will be a new member of the Baltimore Ravens.
Will it be a wide receiver? An offensive lineman? A quarterback? Or will Ozzie and Co. surprise us with a defensive player?
With the better part of free agency behind us, a clearer picture has been painted at positional needs in the draft.
Here is what pundits are not predicting for the Ravens at No. 16 post-free agency.
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— 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 pass by for just that reason.
He 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.
- Standing also has the Ravens taking TE Mark Andrews in the second round.
Andrews scored 22 touchdowns in three seasons at Oklahoma and could fill the need at tight end the Ravens haven't addressed in free agency.
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— Christian Kirk (WR)
The 5-10, 201-pound junior finished with 71 receptions, 919 yards and 10 touchdowns at Texas A&M.
At the combine, Kirk ran a 4.47 40-yard dash, recorded a 35.5 vertical jump and a 7.09 second three cone drill.
His bottom line states, "Kirk is a well-built, mentally tough slot target whose game is built around pace more than explosiveness. His lack of speed and length make him less likely to impact games down the field, but his footwork, route tempo and hands should give him an opportunity to find catches underneath. Kirk's ability to help in the return game is a plus, but the difference between average and good as a receiver could depend on finding the right fit."
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— Mike McGlinchey (OL)
With the exit of Ryan Jensen, the Ravens are now in need of an offensive lineman.
Kiper says, “McGlinchey is a plug-and-play right tackle who would be playing on the same line as his college teammate Ronnie Stanley. McGlinchey played on the right side for Notre Dame two years ago, and he was dominant. Then he took Stanley’s spot at left tackle — and was dominant. This move would also allow Baltimore to keep Alex Lewis at guard instead of trying him at right tackle. Lewis could also move to center to replace Ryan Jensen.”
At the combine, McGlinchey put up 24 reps on the bench press, had a 28.5 inch vertical and a 105 inch broad jump.