On the first two days of the draft, the Ravens selected Matt Elam (SS, Florida), Arthur Brown (ILB, Kansas State), and Brandon Williams (DT, Missouri Southern State).
With these picks, the Ravens addressed all three levels of the defense. Coach John Harbaugh said that he wanted the defense to get faster and stronger up the middle, and they have done just that.
The Ravens have the following picks on Day 3: 129, 130 (comp), 168 (comp), 200, 203 (comp), 238 and 247 (comp). This powerpoint will give my predictions for Day 3 as well as give as few possibilities for un-drafted free agents.
No. 129: Reid Fragel, OT, Ohio State
Fragel is one of the most intriguing offensive line prospects remaining in the draft. He was considered a mid-third to mid-fourth round pick, so it's possible the Ravens will use two of their remaining tradable picks to move up and grab him.
Fragel is a converted tight end who has added weight and learned to play tackle for Ohio State. He's still very raw but offers a lot of potential as a future left tackle prospect. The Ravens desperately need a left tackle, and he offers the most potential at this point.
This move could potentially allow new Ravens offensive line coach Juan Castillo to develop raw talent like he was famous for when he was in Philadelphia.
No. 130 (comp): Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M
The Ravens need a receiver who is capable of playing on the outside and in the slot, and Swope could be that type of player. Swope is an underrated player who will be an instant contributor to any offense, has toughness and is a willing blocker.
My guess is that if he’s available at this point in the fourth round, Ozzie Newsome will take a hard look at him or another receiver like him.
If Swope is not available, the Ravens could target Da’Rick Rogers, Chris Harper, or Quinton Patton in this area of the draft as well.
No. 129: Kyle Juszczyk, FB, Harvard
It may seem confusing to some of you why the Ravens would take a fullback in the fourth round when they already have Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach.
However, Leach has a very rich contract this year and they might have to unload him in order to make room for someone else (like Bryant McKinnie or another free agent tackle).
It is also known that after Jim Caldwell took over the offense last year, Leach’s role decreased, and some speculate that the coaches might not want to pay a part-time fullback so much money. Juszcyzk has visited the Ravens this offseason and would offer a solid replacement for Leach.
Many people questioned me why I had him selected him in the fourth round in my previous two mocks, and it's because the Ravens are one of a few teams who seem extremely interested in him. If he's available at this point in the fifth round, I feel confident the Ravens pick him.
No. 200: Justice Cunningham, TE, South Carolina
Justice Cunningham is a terrific blocking tight end, which the Ravens do not have in either Dennis Pitta or Ed Dickson.
Cunningham is also a solid receiver, but he is underwhelming as an athlete. He's a solid route runner, which will help him in the NFL, but because of his lack of athleticism, he will struggle to consistently get open.
However, Cunningham offers potential as a blocking tight end, and can even serve as a potential backup plan if either Dickson or Pitta leave in free agency next offseason.
No. 203 (compensatory): Nate Williams, OLB, Ohio State
According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, the Ravens have maintained steady interest in Nate Williams throughout the offseason. Williams has drawn comparisons in Baltimore to former Raven Jarrett Johnson for his toughness and ability to play the run and rush the passer well.
Williams is only an average athlete, but he is extremely strong. He will drop in the draft due to his average numbers, slightly small stature and questions about an injury he sustained his senior year. In the sixth round, the Ravens will probably have a lot of interest in him.
No. 238: Onterio McCalebb, RB, Auburn
No. 247 (compensatory): Braxston Cave, C, Notre Dame
Onterio McCalebb is a versatile running back that would offer a lot to the Ravens' offense and special teams. McCalebb was a dangerous return man for Auburn as well as an explosive offensive weapon at times.
The Ravens need to find a new return man if Jacoby Jones is going to get more offensive snaps. McCalebb likely wouldn't see the field on offense much, but potentially could replace Jones as the returner. In the seventh round, it's good value for him.
Braxston Cave played on a pretty impressive offensive line at Notre Dame this past year and is fairly underrated. He is limited athletically but has solid fundamentals and is supposedly a smart player, too.
The Ravens don’t have much competition for new starting center Gino Gradkowski, and Cave would probably come to Baltimore competing to be the backup. As a compensatory pick in the seventh round, Cave provides good value and could develop into a solid backup.
The following players might be coveted by the Ravens if they go undrafted tomorrow. Several of them will likely be considered with their later-round picks as well.
- Cooper Taylor, S, Richmond
- Quinton Dial, DT, Alabama
- Kwame Geathers, NT, Georgia
- Nick Kasa, TE, Colorado
- Matt Furstenburg, TE, Maryland
- Lawrence Okoye, British Olympian
- Earl Okine, DE, Florida
- Ryan Jensen, OG, Colorado State-Pueblo
Several of these players had workouts with the Ravens or met with them at the combine. The team will definitely look to continue to bolster both the offensive and defensive lines through their undrafted free agents. New offensive line coach Juan Castillo coached up several undrafted players to become starters in Philadelphia.