The Baltimore Ravens have been that team that is good enough to contend for a playoff spot but struggled to really be a true contender. This draft is crucial as the team is starting to get older and needs to be reshaped. Here is a look at the Baltimore Ravens 2018 NFL Draft Review and how they did on each pick.
Baltimore Ravens 2018 NFL Draft Review
1st Round, Pick #25: Hayden Hurst TE South Carolina
After all these years of people mocking the Ravens a first round tight end, it finally comes true with Hayden Hurst. While I like Hurst’s ability to control the middle of the field and stretch the seam I really don’t feel like he is the best tight end in this class let along the 25th best prospect. But the Ravens need to add weapons to help out Joe Flacco. I guess I would have taken Calvin Ridley and got a good route runner who can stretch the defense vertically.
1st Round, Pick #32: Lamar Jackson QB Louisville
We all wondered and thought that Lamar Jackson should be a first round and it took all the way till the last pick for him to be selected. Baltimore has long been a rumored destination because both Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and offensive line coach Greg Roman have had success building offenses around mobile quarterbacks. Jackson can come in and sit behind Flacco working on his mechanics while before likely taking over in year two and giving the Ravens a different dynamic they have never had at the quarterback potion.
3rd Round, Pick #19: Orlando Brown OT Oklahoma
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Brown was once considered by some to be the best tackle in this class but a a historically bad Combine performance opened up eyes to his lack of athletic ability at the position. Baltimore has had success with giant tackles but if Brown is going to become the starting right tackle he needs to do more than get by with size and length.
3rd Round, Pick #22: Mark Andrews TE Oklahoma
A second tight end in this class completes the overhaul trying to add weapons to their passing attack. Andrews has his most success running to open spots while concerns about his ability to separate are a reason he falls to the end of the third round. While Andrews has talent, a prospect like Ian Thomas would give the same impact with a much higher celling.
4th Round, Pick #18: Anthony Averett CB Alabama
Looking for outside corners the Ravens landed Averett who may be undersized but makes up for it with long arms and good ball skills. Combined with above average long speed and Averett has the potential to develop into a starting caliber corner.
4th Round, Pick #22: Kenny Young LB UCLA
Young is your typical stacked linebacker who can do a lot of things well but isn’t good or great at one thing. He’s at his best moving forward and slicing through the line. While Baltimore could use some more help at inside linebacker he’s seen as a special team player only.
4th Round, Pick #32: Jaleel Scott WR New Mexico State
A big bodied receiver (6’5) Scott has the ability to win contested catches but has enough speed to be a downfield threat. Baltimore had the 29th best passing attack and lacks many receivers with his size. Scott will have to show the ability to play on special teams, but could develop into a role as a red zone threat and possession receiver.
5th Round, Pick #25: Jordan Lasley WR UCLA
Off the field issues and immature were likely reasons why some say he fell in the draft but Lasley just isn’t that good of a receiver. Yeah he has some speed and elusiveness in the open field but he struggles to create separation as a route runner. Don’t be surprised if he doesn’t make it out of camp.
6th Round, Pick #16: DeShon Elliott S Texas
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Elliott was considered a sure fire day two pick as a starting strong safety down the line. However, teams may have passed on him because strong safeties are easy to find and his ceiling is a bit limited. None the less Elliott should fill in as the Ravens third cornerback who can fill in at either safety position and could be their strong safety of the future.
6th Round, Pick #38: Greg Senat OT Wagner
A former basketball player Senat has the size (6’6), length (34 7/8”) and athletic ability to play tackle in the league, but just needs more development. As a 7th round pick this is a great use of a pick as Senat has all the makings of a diamond in the rough. The key will be development.
6th Round, Pick #41: Bradley Bozeman C Alabama
Normally you don’t count on 6th round picks to start, but Bozeman has a shot to compete with Matt Skura to win the center position. Bozeman is a multiyear starter at Alabama who brings size and strength to the position. If Bozeman doesn’t win the position he could fill in at guard as a backup also.
7th Round, Pick #20: Zach Sieler DE Ferris State
At 6’6 290lbs Sieler has the frame and length to play defensive end in the Ravens 3-4 defense. Playing a two gap system in college will help Sieler who has potential, but the jump from Division II to the NFL will be big.
Draft Grade: C
Best Pick: Lamar Jackson
Biggest Reach: Hayden Hurst