Baltimore Ravens Mock Draft: 7-Round Predictions, Post Combine
With the NFL Scouting Combine having come and gone, the Baltimore Ravens now have a better idea of who they could be selecting in this year's draft.
Baltimore has routinely hit home runs in the first round of the draft, but it has also added some nice steals in the latter rounds.
Last year, the Ravens drafted Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, and he went on to be a Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate, amassing a team-high 133 total tackles.
Baltimore picked up Florida State defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan in the second round. After a promising rookie season, Jernigan is now in line to become a more prominent player in 2015, if not a starter.
The Ravens then went on to add some solid contributors in receiver Michael Campanaro, running back Lorenzo Taliaferro and guard John Urschel after Round 3. All three contributed as rookies least year.
To recap, the Ravens have six picks in this year's draft as of now. They lost their fifth-round pick in a trade to the Buccaneers for center Jeremy Zuttah.
Therefore, I only have six players being drafted by Baltimore in this initial mock draft, but the team should get another pick or two once compensatory picks are announced.
With that said, here's my first stab at projecting the players Baltimore could pick in this year's draft.
Note: Unless otherwise noted, all measurements and combine results are courtesy of NFL.com.
Round 1: Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
While they probably won't get one of the top two or three guys, there's enough depth to get a quality wideout at the end of the first round.
One receiver who put on a show during the scouting combine was Arizona State's Jaelen Strong, and he's definitely a guy Baltimore should keep its eye on in the first round.
Over the past two years in college, Strong caught 157 passes for 2,287 yards and 17 scores.
He also boosted his stock at the scouting combine, recording a 4.44-second 40-yard dash time to go with an eye-opening 42-inch vertical leap.
"The size/athleticism mix makes it tough on defensive backs to match up, especially when players like Colston and Strong use their power and frame."
The 6'3", 215-pound Strong is a freakish athlete, and Baltimore would be making a great pick by taking him in the first round of this year's draft.
Round 2: Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana
Baltimore could very well lose running back Justin Forsett in free agency. After him, Bernard Pierce and Lorenzo Taliaferro haven't done enough to show they can carry the load over a 16-game season.
Tevin Coleman did that in college for the Indiana Hoosiers as one of the best backs in college football. In 2014, the 5'11", 206-pound Coleman rushed for 2,036 yards and 15 scores.
Coleman is also a solid pass-catching threat coming out of the backfield. He caught 44 passes for 334 yards in his last two seasons of college football.
"With similar body types and run styles, Coleman mirrors a lot of what Murray does on the football field, running with athleticism, toughness and the home-run ability to carry an offense."
Murray led the NFL in rushing yards this past season, and Coleman has that kind of talent. He led the country with eight 60-yard runs in 2014.
That kind of big-play ability is something the Ravens haven't really had since the days of Ray Rice in his prime. Coleman could come in and be one of the better backs Baltimore has had in a while.
Round 3: Kevin White, CB, TCU
The Ravens secondary was their Achilles' heel this past season, so adding a cornerback early in this year's draft is a must.
TCU's Kevin White is one of the draft's most complete corners, as he's solid in coverage while also being a good run defender.
This past season, the 5'10" White led the Horned Frogs with 11 pass breakups and 13 passes defended while recording 51 total tackles and two interceptions, per GoFrogs.com.
White didn't enter 2014 with much fanfare, but after a solid season, he's continued to boost his stock during offseason workouts and all-star games.
During the Senior Bowl, NFL.com tabbed White as one of the standout performers during the week of practice. Mike Mayock went as far as to compare White to 2014 Chargers first-round pick Jason Verrett.
"I thought he did an outstanding job in man-to-man coverage. Everything I saw on tape, he's very similar to Jason Verrett, the first-round pick from last year," said Mayock.
White would probably go higher in the draft if not for his 174-pound frame, which brings about concerns of him being able to stay durable in the NFL.
With a year in an NFL weight room, White should develop into a solid defensive back in the NFL, one the Ravens can rely heavily on, which is something they couldn't do with most of their corners this past season.
Round 4: Jeff Heuerman, TE, Ohio State
The Ravens need to add some youth at tight end with their top two options potentially not being available in 2015.
Owen Daniels is set to hit free agency after signing just a one-year deal. He started most of 2014 after replacing Dennis Pitta, who went down with a season-ending hip injury.
In addition to Daniels possibly leaving, Pitta may not be able to resume his playing career because of chronic hip issues. According to Ryan Mink of BaltimoreRavens.com, Pitta is fully recovered from his latest injury, but it's still unclear if he'll continue to play football.
Baltimore needs to add a tight end in this year's draft, and Ohio State's Jeff Heuerman would be a solid pickup in the middle rounds.
He caught 26 balls for 466 yards (17.9 average) and four scores his junior year but suffered a broken foot during spring practice this past season.
While he did return in time for the regular season, he didn't get off to a good start, and then Ohio State started to go through quarterback changes.
That led to the Buckeyes running a more run-heavy offense that helped limit Heuerman to just seven catches for 207 yards and two scores in 2014.
If he can get back to his 2013 form, Heuerman will be a solid mid-round pickup for a team such as Baltimore if it can get him.
Round 6: Chris Conley, WR, Georgia
The Ravens would be wise to add two receivers in this year's draft. Torrey Smith may leave, Steve Smith turns 36 in May and no other Ravens receiver caught more than 24 passes in 2014.
Georgia's Chris Conley would be a solid pickup toward the end of the draft. He blew up at the scouting combine this past week, posting a vertical jump of 45 inches and a broad jump of 11 feet, seven inches.
Both are the best ever for any wide receiver at the combine, according to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, and it showed just how amazing of an athlete he is.
His college numbers don't do him justice, as Conley played in a run-heavy Georgia offense this past year that featured a pair of All-American running backs in Todd Gurley and Nick Chubb. He also played through a shoulder injury all season.
That led to Conley catching just 36 passes for 657 yards, but the 6'2", 213-pounder was a nice red-zone threat while hauling in eight scores.
He'd be a solid addition to a Ravens team that needs to get a few more reliable pass-catchers this offseason.
Round 7: Marcus Murphy, RB, Missouri
Back in February, I made the case for why Baltimore could cut Jacoby Jones, their primary punt and kickoff returner. In order to do so, they'd need to have a suitable replacement lined up, and that's where Missouri's Marcus Murphy comes in.
The 5'8", 193-pound ball of fire was one of college football's most dynamic players over the past two years.
Murphy finished his college career with 2,837 punt and kickoff return yards and seven touchdowns scored via kickoffs (five) and punts (two).
Over the past two years, Murphy rushed for 1,525 yards and 13 scores in addition to catching 39 passes for 291 yards and two touchdowns.
Murphy would be a solid third or fourth running back while also serving as the primary returner for Baltimore.