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Baltimore Ravens 2018 NFL Draft Grade: A

Ozzie Newsome has only been above average the last few years which is disappointing by his standards.  He can now retire, after destroying the 2018 draft.  We didn't like Hayden Hurst as a first rounder, but he made our top fifty.  Part of our issue with him was his age.  Two rounds later the Ravens took our highest rated tight end in Mark Andrews.  Those guys could both be stars and we expect to see the Ravens using a lot of two tight end sets no later than 2019.  Lamar Jackson is a better tosser than 3 of the 4 QBs drafted in the top 10.  He should be starting in 2019 and wait until you get a load of him unless he gets injured, which is a real concern.  OT Orlando Brown needs to watch his weight, but he should be a right tackle/guard at a minimum. The Ravens got great value in 4th round CB Anthony Averett and 6th round safety Deshaun Elliot.  Also keep an eye on 5th round WR Jordan Lasly.  He stood out when we were scouting Josh Rosen.

Baltimore Ravens 2017 Draft Grade: B-

The past three years the Ravens' drafts have only been average, and it's been borne out in their 23-25 record. Marlon Humphrey didn't crack our top 50 (just barely) and they took him in the middle of the first.  He could succeed in their scheme, but we're still not wild about the pick.  Second round DE Tyus Bowser did make our top fifty, and he has the physical characteristics to replace Terrell Suggs in a year or two. We really like 4th round guard Nico Siragusa and third round LB Tim Williams and third round DT Chris Wormley were nice value picks.

Baltimore Ravens 2016 Draft Grade: A-

Ozzie Newsome is back, with a strong and deep 2016 draft after a few sub-par drafts by his lofty standards.  OT Ronnie Stanley will start at tackle from day one and should be elite in the passing game. Pass rushers Kamalei Correa and Bronson Kaufusi bring needed youth and athleticism to the Ravens defense, and DE Matt Judon is raw but could develop into a star in a few years. RB/WR Keenan Reynolds is a Swiss army knife on offense and Kenneth Dixon should earn carries as a rookie.

BALTIMORE RAVENS 2015 DRAFT GRADE: B-

The Ravens are always going to be above average until Ozzie Newsome leaves.  2015, much like 2014, was a solid draft, but not a home run.  First rounder Breshad Perriman is nearly the same prospect as Torrey Smith coming out of college.  We expect some explosive plays but also some inconsistency.   Second round tight end Maxx Williams was our favorite pick.  He reminded us of Todd Heap from the outset.  The Ravens also produced solid defensive picks in the middle rounds and added one of our favorite players in Georgia Tech wideout/tight end Darren Waller in the 6th.  Waller probably won't do much as a rookie, but look at him to see playing time in 2016 and potentially develop into a starter.

UDFA most likely to make the team: Nick Perry- S, Alabama

Baltimore Ravens 2014 Draft Grade: B-

The Ravens drafted for defense and they took several players who should contribute immediately led by LB C.J. Mosley.  DT Timmy Jernigan was overrated but he is a borderline starting talent and S Terrence Brooks should see action as a rookie.  Late rounds picks RB Lorenzo Taliafero, TE Crockett Gilmore and WR Michael Campanaro are the type of scrappy over achievers the Ravens covet.


UDFA most likely to make the team:  James Hurst- OT, North Carolina