For the last time, let’s prognosticate as Baltimore Ravens fans before we have the chance to see any draft picks. Obviously, the entire draft class is important, but the adrenaline rush associated with that first-round pick is unmatched.
The big board of general manager Ozzie Newsome and Co. has been set for a while now, but here’s my take on the 15 best prospects the Ravens should be targeting with their early-round draft picks. The bottom of this mini-big board are players who will be possibilities in the second round or back end of the first if Baltimore opts to trade back as it has done so many times before.
- This is entirely my own opinion. I’m not claiming to have inside information as to whom the Ravens like.
- These are all players that are in the realm of draftability for the team. Jadeveon Clowney, Greg Robinson and Khalil Mack (as well as a few others) aren’t on this list because it would take some insanity for either of them to last all the way to pick No. 17. The top four players on this list may very well be off the board by the time Newsome is on the clock, but there is at least a small chance that they fall.
- I’m no NFL draft insider. I don’t know what the deal is regarding some of these injury concerns or character issues. Any such negatives will be mentioned for the player, but they do not factor into this big board at all.
- Piggy-backing on that last point, this is all based purely on game film. I haven’t burned the midnight oil watching every game that all of these players have been a part of, but I have watched some film for all of these prospects and that analysis.
With those formalities out of the way, it’s time to find out who made the cut.