With the NFL Draft just days away, I asked the entire Purple Reign staff who they think the Ravens will draft with their first round pick. Here’s what they said………
Brendan Matthews (@CharmCityGoon)
Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
Ravens get their quarterback of the future and start preparation for life after Flacco. The RGIII signing suddenly makes more sense as they have similar play styles while Jackson gets groomed under RGIII and Flacco at the same time alternating under how to play as a mobile and pocket quarterback in the NFL.
Mike McGlinchey, T, Notre Dame
Michael Telford (@ThisIsChibs)
The Ravens land their bookend RT to pair with former teammate Ronnie Stanley, and with it, shore up their offensive line for the next decade.
This pick makes almost too much sense, with the impending threat of James Hurst starting at RT, if there’s no competition for him. “The Glinch” is as close to ‘Best Player Available that fills a Need’ as you can get, for Baltimore, who is stuck in the dead center of the first round.
Joe Hamilton (@hoejamilton)
Ideally, the Ravens trade out of 16, as most of the offensive skill options likely available aren’t quite worth pick 16. Ravens have never used a 1st on a right tackle, but they need some more talent on the offensive line and McGlinchey is a Top 15 prospect. Taking him early allows them to stock up on WR/TE in Day 2 or early Day 3.
Matt Jergensen (@MattJergs)
The Ravens will play it safe with the 16th pick and add another piece to the offensive line when they select OT Mike McGlinchey, from Notre Dame. McGlinchey would start immediately as the Right Tackle and provide a bookend with former teammate Ronnie Stanley. The move would allow Alex Lewis to either remain at Guard or perhaps replace the departed Ryan Jensen at Center.
D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland
Ashley Anderson (@Ashley_L87)
If the Ravens do not snag Dez Bryant, I think they will learn from past mistakes and grab Maryland’s own D.J. Moore with the 16th pick. Moore was crazy productive considering the carousel of QBs throwing him the ball, and he performed like a beast at the Combine and his Pro Day. He is also younger with a higher ceiling than Calvin Ridley.
The Ravens had one of the worst passing offenses in the NFL last season and need to take every opportunity to improve it. The additions of Michael Crabtree, John Brown, and possibly Willie Snead are not enough to give the Ravens a strong group of receivers. The team hopes to find their future #1 receiver when they take WR DJ Moore in the first. Moore is more physically talented than Calvin Ridley, and was more productive as well after accounting for the number of team pass attempts.
While some may think this a reach, Moore’s skill set is exactly what this team needs. No matter which quarterback is throwing to him ( he had 86 at Maryland) he produces. The Ravens need that kind of production right out of the gate.
Brandon Portney (@outstndnbrandon)
Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
This draft will be Ozzie Newsomes last as GM, and I see him getting back to vintage Ozzie. The Ravens trade back into the 20s and select the talented Crimson Tide linebacker, AND get an extra day 2 selection.
Will Grabill (@DraftRavens)
Harold Landry, EDGE, Boston College
On the edge the Ravens have Terrell Suggs who will turn 36 this season and a collection of mid-round draft picks still on their rookie contracts. As long as Suggs can defy father time the Ravens can get away with the guys they have, but looking to the future they need an influx of talent regardless of how the young players develop.
Landry’s senior season was cut short by an ankle injury, but a full junior campaign landed him as a 2nd team all-american. He’s a fast and athletic pass rusher who backed it up at the combine turning in the 5th best 40 time among edge rushers at 4.64.