With the NFL Draft less than a month away I’m going to take the next couple weeks to write some position specific mock drafts, highlighting my favorite players available in all seven rounds of the draft to get Ravens fans more familiar with some of the names they will hear announced on draft weekend. Enjoy!
1st Round: Calvin Ridley, Alabama
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz boring right? Sorry. Calvin Ridley has been regularly mocked to the Ravens since the season ended months ago and with reason. We know Ozzie loves Alabama players and Ridley is super talented. He can line up in the slot or outside and he showed the ability to run multiple types of routes. Ridley isn’t the fastest or the tallest but he does alot of things right and he most certainly will continue to improve with proper NFL coaching. I don’t see the Ravens taking a receiver in the first round but if they do he’s the most likely target.
2nd Round: Michael Gallup, Colorado State
A favorite of Purple Reign Show co-host Logan Levy. One of the most polished receivers in this draft class, Gallup is good at creating separation and is very explosive in the open field. Gallup set the single-season record at Colorado State for receptions last year. He largely dominated the small school competition but can he be a #1 receiver in the NFL? That’s the biggest question. If they opt for an offensive lineman in the 1st round Gallup would be a nice addition to a rebuilt veteran-led receiving corp here in Baltimore.
3rd Round: Anthony Miller, Memphis
Pretty sure I have a “man crush” on Anthony Miller bordering on an unhealthy obsession. First the numbers…….Miller led the country in receiving touchdowns (18) and was 3rd in receiving yards (1,462). His age is an issue for some draft experts (turns 24 in October) and his physical tools don’t excite me but he seems like an Antonio Brown clone when I watch film. Even if he’s half as good as the Steelers star the team that drafts him will be extremely happy.
4th Round: Allen Lazard, Iowa State
Lazard is the greatest receiver in Iowa State history, ranking No. 1 in career receptions (231), receiving yards (3,218) and 100-yard receiving games (11).
5th Round: Trey Quinn, SMU
A transfer from LSU, Quinn was one of the most productive receivers in the country in 2017. He finished with 114 catches and 13 touchdowns. Quinn would be a development talent that could be a slot receiver down the line. Also, he could fill a need as the team’s punt returner.
6th Round: Braxton Berrios, Miami
Think Cole Beasley or Julian Edelman. Smaller in stature, Berrios is dangerous in the open field and could be used as a gadget weapon similar to how the Ravens tried to use Michael Campanaro in previous seasons.
7th Round: Jake Wieneke, South Dakota State
5,000 receiving yards and just shy of 50 touchdown catches in his four-year college career. Was it against the best competition in college football? Not really but at 6’4″ he’s worth a look in the last round of the draft.