Baltimore Ravens: 5 NFL Draft Targets at Pick 16
Here are 5 different players at 5 different positions and some different options the Baltimore Ravens could be realistically looking at with their 16th pick if they do not trade the pick away.
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The Baltimore Ravens have plenty of options they could go with at pick 16. They could also benefit from trading down to acquire more draft capital and taking the top tight end near the end of the 1st round if they want. But the offense should obviously be a focus of this NFL Draft overall but a defensive player could be the best player available when the Ravens pick. Like Ozzie Newsome said at his press conference, the Baltimore Ravens pick in Round 1 will be interesting to watch in a few weeks.
1. Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama
The Ravens need a playmaker at wide receiver despite adding Michael Crabtree and John Brown so far in free agency. Many have differing opinions on who the number one receiver is in this draft class. But for my money, Calvin Ridley (despite his age) is still my top receiver over other receivers like D.J. Moore, Christian Kirk, and Courtland Sutton. I think the talk of him going top ten in this draft has ended but I do not think the Alabama receiver should fall out of the top 20 picks as his route running and overall solid hands with big-play ability make him a great fit for Baltimore that could play on the outside or in the slot.
2. Mike McGlinchey, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame
James Hurst was resigned this offseason and even though the Ravens stated he would play right tackle, he was a better guard last year than tackle and Mike McGlinchey would give the Ravens two solid Notre Dame tackles with Ronnie Stanley at left tackle. McGlinchey should be the first tackle selected and while he might not have the most upside, he’s balanced overall in the run and pass game as a pretty solid left tackle at Notre Dame who will have to play right tackle most likely in the NFL. If the Ravens want to get a pass catcher on Day 2, selecting McGlinchey seems like a solid plan if they stay at pick 16.
3. Isaiah Wynn, Offensive Guard, Georgia
If the Ravens want a versatile offensive lineman that could be the best guard in this draft after Quenton Nelson, they should definitely consider Isaiah Wynn. The Ravens do need a left guard as well as right tackle and with Alex Lewis having durability concerns, the left tackle out of Georgia would convert to guard at the NFL and could fill in day one as technique sound blocker wherever he plays. He can excel in a zone blocking scheme, which is what the Ravens run on offense, and would be great to pair with Marshal Yanda, who is coming off a season-ending injury in 2017.
4. Derrius Guice, Running back, Louisiana State
Alex Collins has been tendered this offseason but if the Ravens still have issues with his fumbling (which he fixed later on in the season) and durability (migraines), they could bring the 2nd best running in with Derrius Guice. The Ravens have been noncommittal to Collins but he has the best shot to win the starting running back job with backup Javorius Allen and Kenneth Dixon coming off injury and suspension last year. The LSU running back played injured in 2017 but in his 2016 tape behind Leonard Fournette, Guice showed explosive runs and would fit in the Ravens backfield with his aggressive running style.
5. Lamar Jackson, Quarterback, Louisville
I would be very surprised if he ends up as a Raven and I still doubt he gets past the Arizona Cardinals at 15. But if that happens, the Louisville quarterback has a chance to be the selection at 16 if the Ravens think they can get more value for pass catchers and offensive lineman after Round 1. Lamar Jackson has the most upside as arguably all the quarterbacks in this draft and even though I would target a quarterback would not target a quarterback till Day 3 of the draft, Jackson does fit as the Ravens have worked with mobile quarterbacks in the past and could groom him for life after Joe Flacco.
Either way, guessing where the Ravens will go in the 1st round is still shot in the dark and they could go in almost any direction with their 1st round pick if they stay put at 16.Follow @kookykim1357