Its Draft Week! Two days before the start of Round 1, I have put together my Dream (But, Reasonable) Ravens Seven Round Mock Draft. This draft solidifies the offensive line, gives Joe Flacco all the weapons he could ever want & addresses positions of need. It does all that while also landing the Ravens some of my favorite prospects available this year.
I’ve had a lot of fun grading Ravens mock drafts this year. Now its your turn…
- Mike McGlinchey, OT//Notre Dame
McGlinchey is the tall, athletic OT that modern NFL teams need. His experience as a LT prepares him for facing a team’s top pass rusher, but he is best suited to play RT. While he does need to add some weight to his 6’8 frame, McGlinchey is highly intelligent and technically sound. Unfortunately, reuniting the Stanley/McGlinchey tackle pairing from their days at Notre Dame would surely result in an obnoxious number of articles and side-by-side highlights after the draft and on game days.
- Mike Gesicki, TE//Penn State
For a team that needs a pass catching TE as much as any team in the NFL, Gesicki would be an ideal selection here. He is a physical freak who lit up the NFL Combine and uses his leaping ability to great advantage in the red zone. While he is, at best, a below average blocker, he could quickly become Joe Flacco’s best friend as a pass catcher.
- Kalen Ballage, RB//Arizona State
Besides Saquon Barkley, Ballage is the most athletic RB prospect in this draft class. Used in a very curious way in college, this pick is more about potential than production. Due to his natural hands and size, Ballage is a versatile weapon who would be best utilized like Alvin Kamara was for the Saints in 2017. For the Ravens, he would be a modern pass-catching back who would have as many catches out of the slot as rushes.
- Auden Tate, WR//Florida State
The most physically imposing WR in the draft class, Tate’s lack of speed and subsequent inability to create consistent separation have led to a drop off in his draft stock. That said, Tate has exceptional hands and displays an excellent ability to use his size to box out defenders to create his own kind of separation. At 6’5, Tate is a master of the 50-50 ball that could be used much how Joe Flacco used Anquan Boldin. Just barely 21 years old, Tate has all the tools to develop into one of the best WRs in this class.
- Mason Cole, C//Michigan
After the departure of Ryan Jensen in Free Agency, the Ravens would be smart to bring in some competition to anchor the line. Cole brings the experience (4-year starter) and versatility (2 years at LT) that the Ravens covet in their offensive lineman. And let’s not discount the Harbaugh to Harbaugh Michigan connection either; Willie Henry & Chris Wormley prove that it’s real.
6a. Shaun Dion Hamilton, LB//Alabama
Can we get through Ozzie Newsome’s last draft in charge without seeing the Ravens select an Alabama defender? I think not. Dion – Hamilton had a rough time with injuries in Tuscaloosa (ACL tear & knee fracture), but he is a “coach on the field” as a middle linebacker and would bring above average pass coverage ability to a team that desperately needs it.
6b. Trey Quinn, WR//Southern Methodist University
A highly sought after recruit coming out of high school, Quinn transferred to SMU after becoming tired of a sub-par LSU passing offense. He runs exceptional routes and has well above average hands. For the Ravens, Quinn could develop into an excellent slot receiver and Joe Flacco’s safety valve.
- Kurt Benkert, QB//Virginia
In the John Harbaugh era, the Ravens have not shown an affinity for developing young QBs. With Joe Flacco quickly approaching the tail end of his deal and only RGIII and Josh Woodrum on the roster to back him up, the Ravens would be smart to bring someone like Benkert into the fold. While he regularly made questionable decisions with the football in college, Benkert’s NFL ready arm, quick release and athleticism make him well worth a shot in the later rounds.