The Baltimore Ravens capped off one of their more memorable Drafts in recent years – Going heavy on the Defensive side of the ball & addressing some major needs. Here is a breakdown of the Draft picks & my grades.
Marlon Humphrey – CB – Alabama – 6’0 – 197 (Round 1/ Pick 16)
Humphrey gives the Ravens a physical, fast corner, who can jam WR’s at the line and gives us an immediate impact corner, who can compete for a starting job right away, he also makes the Ravens that much deeper at corner. Humphrey, Jimmy Smith, Tavon Young & Brandon Carr make the Ravens corners a much improved unit from last year already. Humphrey going to us @ 16 came off as a shock to some, but not to Ozzie Newsome & the Ravens.
Grade – A
Tyus Bowser – OLB – Houston – 6’3 -247 (Round 2/Pick 47)
Bowser can be the replacement to Terrell Suggs, and will the chance to learn from the potential Hall of famer this season. Bowser jumped off the board to Baltimore and is just what they need to bolster their pass rush. Bowser, Suggs, Z’Darius Smith, Matt Judon & now fellow Rookie Tim Williams make Baltimore’s pass rush much improved as well. Bowser has a very high motor and he should fit in nicely.
Grade – B
Chris Wormley – DE – Michigan – 6’5 – 298 (Round 3/Pick 74)
Wormley immediately gives the Ravens a possible starter to replace the departure of DE Lawrence Guy, and he should be able to do some of the same things, he is expected to step into their five-technique Defensive slot line, and is known for being a hard worker. Wormley can play multiple positions on the Defensive line, and comes from Michigan, where he was coached by Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh’s brother Jim, and the brothers exchanged alot of information on Wormley leading up to the Draft. Wormley is just the type of player the Ravens need, tough, versatile & hungry.
Grade – B-
Tim Williams – OLB – Alabama – 6’3 – 244 (Round 3/ Pick 78)
Williams is an impact player, as stated already he can team up w/ fellow Rookie Tyus Bowser & form a mean duo of pass rushers. This kid is a playmaker and he only slipped to the 3rd round due to a few character concerns, but he is well worth the risk and fits into the mold of former Raven pass rushers of old. Peter Boulware comes to mind when you think about the long and lanky Williams, who has a huge wingspan. The upside is huge on Tim Williams and the Ravens know it. In an AFC that still has Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady, Ryan Tannehill, Derek Carr, Phillip Rivers & Andy Dalton, the Ravens pass rush could have just added a huge piece.
Grade – A
Nico Siragusa – G – San Diego State – 6’4 – 319 (Round 4/ Pick 122)
No relation to Tony Siragusa, this kid is reliable, and he is definitely durable, starting 41 straight games at LG in the last 3 years. A downhill blocker, who is described as a “mover” and that he is. Drafting this kid will allow former LG Alex Lewis to move RT, if not there a few others that can challenge for the position. I think this kid is considered a steal, slipping to the 4th round and he may help solidify the O-line, if anything he gives us depth at the least.
Grade – B-
Jermaine Eluemunor – G/T – Texas A&M – 6’4 – 332 (Round 5/ Pick 159)
Born and raised in London, Eluemunor accidently stumbled across the NFL by accident, but fell in love with it and never turned back. He moved to the U.S. at age 14 and loves the game, has all the tools, he just oozes confidence and that’s a great quality to have as a Raven. He may compete for the RT position or just may hang around as depth on a roster that is in need of young, versatile lineman. Baltimore considers him a project, he says he isn’t, saying – “I’m no developmental player, i came from England to play in the NFL and that’s what i plan on doing with the Ravens”……..Like i said, he just oozes confidence.
Grade – C
Chuck Clark – DB – Virginia Tech – 6’0 – 208 (Round 6/Pick 186)
Drafting Clark was more of a depth move and he may have to make the roster on Special Teams as well. He has nice size @ 208 lbs and was a 3 year starter at Virginia Tech & a two-year Captain. A very instinctive Safety, he is what Baltimore is looking for in terms of size, agility and football IQ, he is rangy and knows how to locate the football. This young man also looks forward to learning from a secondary that is loaded with playmakers. If Clark can make the roster, he wil have a chance to play sparingly, if not he may be moved to the practice squad.
Grade – C-
Overall Draft Grade – B
The Breakdown : Ozzie Newsome and his front office did a great job of going Defensive heavy and loading up for the best of the AFC’s offenses. Ozzie has been criticized in the past for not taking more Offensive players and showing too much love to Alabama (his alma mater) to that i say this…….We lost many games last year, because our prideful Defensive group failed us, NOT OUR OFFENSE, especially against Pittsburgh on Christmas when everything was on the line. We scored 27 points in that game and LOST.
I think that proved to Ozzie and owner Steve Bisciotti that we weren’t as stout on Defense as we thought we were……hence the numerous Defensive players we drafted. We wanted WR’s Mike Williams & Corey Davis but once they were selected our game plan changed. They still aren’t pleased in Baltimore, they want Offense….they say Ozzie didn’t draft enough Offense…….and, well here is what i have to say to that.
TE Maxx Williams, WR Breshad Perriman, TE Nick Boyle, WR/ TE Darren Waller, TE Crockett Gillmore, WR Chris Moore, RT Rick Wagner, LG Alex Lewis, C John Urschel, LT Ronnie Stanley, RB Kenneth Dixon, and RB Buck Allen. These are the names of some of the players we have drafted on Offense in the last 3-4 years. For all the people saying we haven’t drafted any Offensive players, we clearly have. Most of these players have either been injured or suspended and have not seen much of the field. How do we know what we have? I like your theory Ozzie, we decided enough with all that Offense mess & invested heavily in the Defense this time. Stop saying we don’t have any Offense. We will add a veteran WR, possibly Anquan Boldin (which i would love to see for a reunion) and possibly a veteran lineman. Relax y’all!! It’s gonna be all good in Charm City. GO RAVENS!! #InOzzieWeTrust