2018 Ravens Mock Draft Monitor 4.0


Now that the NFL Scouting Combine is over, the next batch of mock drafts are being released.

Many have locked into Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley with the No. 16 pick. The Ravens need wide receivers. Ridley is the top wide receiver. He may last until the middle of the first round. It makes sense.

But there are also a few wild cards among the bunch.

Here are the draftniks' latest projections, which have all been released since the Combine:

Todd McShay, ESPN
WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama
Junior; 6 -foot-1, 190 pounds*
*2017: 63 receptions, 967 yards, 5 touchdowns
"The Ravens are in desperate need of offensive playmakers, and they'd be thrilled if Ridley were available here. His poor jumps (worst broad jump, second-worst vertical jump among WRs) at the combine are a bit concerning, but he's still the clear top wideout in this class. He runs terrific routes and creates well after the catch."

Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network QB Baker Mayfield, OklahomaSenior; 6-0, 220
2017: 4,627 yards, 43 touchdowns, 6 interceptions, 198.9 QB rating
"The Ravens should be in rebuild mode and that starts with a new signal-caller. Mayfield can sit behind Joe Flacco until he's ready to take over."

Lance Zierlein, NFL Network OT Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame
Senior; 6-8, 315 pounds
"Ozzie Newsome goes with bookend Notre Dame tackles as McGlinchey returns to his role as right tackle to Ronnie Stanley's left tackle in Baltimore."

Matt Miller, Bleacher Report WR Calvin Ridle, Alabama
"General Manager Ozzie Newsome loves Alabama players and he needs wide receivers. That makes the selection of Calvin Ridley an easy one to predict before free agency. Ridley is the draft's top wide receiver but lacks the elite size (6'0", 189 lbs) or speed (4.43) to be considered a top-10 pick. That's great news for the Ravens, as he could fall right into the team's lap at pick No. 16. If you're a Baltimore fan, start hoping now that four quarterbacks come off the board before this selection. Ridley's route-running, hands and overall athleticism remind me of Reggie Wayne when he was with the Indianapolis Colts. If the Ravens can get that type of production from Ridley, the offense will be back to its previous playoff levels."

Will Brinson, CBS Sports
S Derwin James, Florida State*Junior; 6-3, 215 pounds
*2017: 84 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 2 interceptions
"The Ravens are hard to project because their needs do not meet with the availability in the draft, but they would be just find adding the best player on their board in the very versatile James."

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports TE Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State
Senior; 6-5, 255 pounds
2017: 72 receptions, 1,111 yards, 7 touchdowns
"This is a team that has to get weapons for Joe Flacco. Goedert is a nice pass-catching tight end."

Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports RB Derrius Guice, LSU
Junior; 5-10, 212 pounds
2017: 1,251 rushing yards, 11 touchdowns, 18 receptions, 124 receiving yards
"The Ravens got solid contributions from Alex Collins in 2017 yet still want to find a true feature back. Guice is 1B to Barkley being 1A in this class. He's that talented, especially between the tackles."

Dan Kadar, SB Nation WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama
"If the Bears at No. 8 or the Dolphins at No. 11 don't take Ridley, he could slide into the middle teens. That would be great for Baltimore, which needs a dependable pass catcher to help revitalize Joe Flacco's career. Ridley may not be big for fast, but the Marvin Harrison comparisons were brought up by many at the combine."

Nate Davis, USA Today WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama
"He appears to be the best of what seems to be a relatively weak crop of receivers — and even the best at this position usually struggle adapting to the NFL. Ridley is probably equipped to step into the slot, but it's probably a stretch to earmark him as a No. 1 target on Day 1. Regardless, Baltimore needs the help."

Nick Klopsis, Newsday WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama
"The Ravens desperately need more receiving options for Joe Flacco — 2015 first-rounder Breshad Perriman has disappointed in the few times he has stayed healthy, while pending free agent Mike Wallace will turn 32 in August. Ozzie Newsome seems to have an affinity for Alabama players — he has taken four out in the last six years, including two last year and two in the first round (2014, 2017). Calvin Ridley has been a solid pass catcher since arriving at Alabama. He has great speed and agility (4.43 40, 6.88 three-cone), runs very clean routes and brings in the ball with soft hands. His main concern, however, may be his age. He turned 23 in December — an advanced age for a college junior — so he'll have to show he hasn't hit his peak."

Steve Palazzolo, Pro Football Focus
WR Michael Gallup, Colorado State
Senior; 6-1, 205 pounds
2017: 100 receptions, 1,413 yards, 7 touchdowns
"There's no clear-cut top wide receiver in the draft, though Gallup brings a strong all-around skill set after posting the nation's top grade last season at 92.0 overall. He's one of the better route runners in the class, has the body control to do damage down the field and he possesses the smooth-running ability gain yards after the catch. He forced 38 missed tackles on 179 catches over the last two years."

Ben Standig, CSN Washington
DE Marcus Davenport, Texas-San Antonio
Senior; 6-6, 265
2017: 55 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks
"The offense needs a boost at the skill positions. Like, all of them. Yet if an edge rusher like Davenport slips, the Ravens won't pass especially with Terrell Suggs turning 36 next season."

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