The Baltimore Ravens had an incredible draft and it’s hard not to be excited for the 2015 season. I’ve been so busy as of late, that I haven’t had time to give you my two cents on the Ravens draft. So now that I actually have time, let me tell you what I’m thinking.
The Ravens may have drafted the fastest receiver in this year’s draft class in Breshad Perriman. From UCF, Perriman is a big bodied receiver who can burn past anybody. The Ravens got Joe Flacco a much needed deep threat.
Perriman has a high ceiling and a low floor. He could be the next Randy Moss but a part of me worries that he could be another Travis Taylor. Perriman has inconsistent hands and is a bit raw for the NFL game. All we can do is wait and see with the Ravens first round pick. I am cautiously optimistic, catching ability can be dramatically improved with coaching.
Moving up to get Maxx Williams, the top tight end of this draft, out of Minnesota was huge. This gives the Ravens an insurance policy for my favorite fragile player, Dennis Pitta. Williams is a good player and Flacco should be pleased.
Before the draft I compared Williams to Heath Miller. Coincidently the Steelers wanted Williams and their war room was reportedly less than pleased that he went to the Ravens. Any time you can tick off a division rival, espescially the damn Steelers, you’re doing something right Mr. Newsome.
Williams is a big bodied security blanket that Flacco hasn’t had since the days of Todd Heap. He will be a to quick for linebackers and too big for defensive backs. Williams is not Rob Gronkowski but he is a match up conundrum for opposing defenses.
Then in the 3rd round getting Carl Davis was Newsome’s way of reminding the NFL that he is the all powerful Oz of Baltimore. I had Davis pegged as a middle of round two player, the Ravens got him near the end of the third round.
Davis is a big run stuffing defensive tackle who is as physically imposing as anybody on the football field. He’s not a great pass rusher but he will make you pay if you don’t double team him in the run game. This adds depth to an already impressive defensive front.
The Ravens got argubally their third flat out steal of the draft when they took Kentucky pass rusher, Za’Darius Smith. Smith played Robin to Alvin Dupree’s Batman at Kentucky. Smith can do some damage though.
The Ravens keep letting guys like Pernell McPhee go off to other teams in free agency. The Ravens though may keep Smith around more than four years. He has much potential and Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil are not going to last forever.
Javourious Allen was a really good pick; the running back from USC is like a young Justin Forsett. Allen wasn’t my top ranked remaining rusher but he fits the Ravens zone blocking scheme perfectly.
After those great picks the Ravens could really do whatever they wanted. I mean they could have drafted me and it would still be a good draft. With their first five picks the Ravens accomplished more than some teams do in two drafts.
Tray Walker is an interesting pick, because he is a big and physical cornerback. Nick Boyle was a head scratcher becuase the Ravens now have Williams, Pitta and an impressive Crockett Gillmore going into his second season. Darren Waller may be a diamond in the rough, as he is a big bodied wide reciever from a college that runs on almost every snap.
So there you have it, my late but thorough two cents on the Ravens 2015 draft class.