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First of all Ravens fans... RELAX!! The off-season acquisitions are not done so quit panicking about not getting a receiver. Everyone seems to think the final 53 man roster was completed this weekend. I'll let you in on a little secret, it wasn't. How quickly we forget that in Pittsburgh it wasn't the offense that blew the game in the final drive crushing our playoff hopes. Also look at our last playoff appearance in 2014 in Foxborough when our offense had not one, but two 14 point leads. Are we to blame those blown leads on the offense too? Yes I know we need a receiver but guess what Ozzie does too. Let's wait until September until we complain about the final roster which is not yet complete.
Now let's talk about the players we did get and not worry about the ones we didn't. My favorite draft pick is Tyus Bowser. We finally got an athletic linebacker that can cover and do it well. Against Florida State he matched up stride for stride against the speedy athletic Dalvin Cook. He will be our solution to these match up nightmare players and inside the division guys like Le'Veon Bell that C.J Mosley has struggled to cover when matched up. Bowser will also add that speedy edge rusher and blitzer from multiple linebacker positions. I think however his biggest impact comes in coverage this year.
Tim Williams is my next favorite draft pick. We found an elite pass rush specialist in the 3rd round and landed tremendous value. At times over the last several months he was mocked to us in the first round and if not for the off the field concerns he would have been a first rounder. If Ozzie is ok with taking the risk we have to trust he has more info on an Alabama player than anyone else. It may take a while before Williams has an impact against the run or in coverage but let him do what he does best which is get to the quarterback. Elvis Dumervil was at his best when he focused on rushing only when he set the franchise leading sack record.
Marlon Humphrey is a sign the Ravens want to get back to physical football as he will lay a hit not like many corners. While Humphrey may not start right away, he is insurance at the corner position which has been the Ravens demise these last few years. When Jimmy Smith goes down the entire defense seems to shut down. Marlon Humphrey's pro comparison is often Jimmy Smith. While the knock on Humphrey is his struggle with the deep ball when you have Weddle and Jefferson in the back end those concerns can be eased a bit. Humphreys biggest strength is within 15 yards from the line of scrimmage. On screen passes he only gave up 3 yards this year. Do the Patriots come to mind here?
Chris Wormley may not have been a need pick, but when does Ozzie ever pass up value in a defensive lineman? Also Brent Urban is in a contract year and we did lose Lawrence Guy so a 5 technique defensive end does make some sense here. We know that John Harbaugh is going to know everything he needs to know about any Michigan player so it's hard to argue this pick. Even if Wormley doesn't get the start he pushes Urban and Kaufusi and competition always brings out the best in players.
Both offensive lineman Nico Siragusa and Jermaine Eluemunor all point to a more physical line and power running game that fits in with Greg Roman's style. I think the Ravens have had enough of that interior line getting pushed back into Flacco over and over again. This was not a deep offensive lineman class but I think we got great value in the 4th and 5th round. Even if these players are only depth they were much needed and for the future.
Chuck Clark isn't a pick I can say I'm excited about but in the 6th round most of the time you are just taking a big swing and hoping you hit. I'm sure this move is all about special teams and where Clark will have to shine in order to make the roster.
Last year's class the Ravens were fortunate to get significant contribution from rookies and those players will look to take another step forward this year. Let's hope that this year's class performs as well as last year's and if they do the Ravens will make a big jump in 2017.
The Ravens ended the 2017 NFL Draft the same way they started it, further bolstering their secondary with the selection of a defensive back. With the 186th pick, Ozzie Newsome and company added Virginia Tech's Chuck Clark to their revamped defensive backfield. While one could argue that another safety/defensive back wasn't the biggest need for the team, it's obvious that the Baltimore draft room thought Clark was the best player available at the time.
Indeed, the 22 year-old Hokie is very much the type of player that Newsome and coach John Harbaugh have coveted in the past. A three-year starter at Virginia Tech, Clark proved to be a durable, instinctive, sure-tackling star on head coach Justin Fuente's defense. He's aggressive, which can get him into trouble at times, and he never shies away from contact. The biggest knock on Clark is his size, which at 6'0 and 208 pounds is below the norm for an NFL safety.
Clark will be joining a crowded defensive backs room that already includes starting safeties Eric Weddle and Tony Jefferon as well as back-ups Lardarius Webb and Anthony Levine. While the Ravens rarely cut ties with draft picks in their rookie year, Clark may well have to outperform Webb or Levine if he wants to start the year on the 53-man roster. The best way for him to earn a spot will be on special teams, where his instincts and nose for the ball should give him ample opportunity to succeed. If Clark can prove his worth on special teams and the occasional defensive snap in 2017, he will be well-positioned to claim the third safety spot going forward.
Check out some highlights of Baltimore's newest safety below.
With the Ravens fifth round selection they continue to bolster the offensive line with Jermaine Eluemunor from Texas A&M. John Harbaugh made it known that they wanted to get bigger along the offensive line and with the 4th and 5th round selections they are doing just that. The England born Eluemunor stands at 6'4" 332 lbs. Along with that size is some serious strength and one example is his 34 reps of 225 lbs at the combine.
The question now becomes where along the line is his best fit? He played right tackle at Texas A&M, but a man that big may struggle out on the edge with some speed rushers. He struggled mightily against his new teammate Tim Williams against Alabama earlier this year. Kelechi Osemele is similar in size and was a fine right tackle but an exceptional guard at 6"5" 335 lbs. I think Eluemunor will see reps at right tackle and both left guard in training camp. It's starting to look more and more like Alex Lewis may get kicked outside to right tackle while our new 4th round pick Nico Siragusa and Eluemunor compete for a starting left guard spot. I also wouldn't rule out Siragusa taking reps at center.
As a fifth round selection in most cases you are not expected to start, but if you do it's a huge plus. Versatility in the later rounds are what the Ravens look for because when you are a projected backup you may be needed anywhere along the line. Eluemunor only has one year of starting experience in the SEC so he still has plenty of room for significant improvement. One thing is becoming clear with this draft is the Ravens want to get back to physical football and become the bullies on the block again. I think this is a solid selection with a 5th round pick and Jermaine Eluemunor has a chance to become a starter as soon as this season.
Get to know our new fifth round selection a little more with the video below.
Nico Siragusa, OL//San Diego State
6 ft 4 in/ 319 lbs.
Pro Comparison: Jarvis Harrison. Siragusa's footwork models that of Harrison. Harrison was a 5th Round pick and Siragusa shares much of the mid to late round value. Siragusa's lower half strength draws a striking comparison to Harrison's style of play.
Strengths: Siragusa is excellent in pass-blocking. As a guard, he handles the DT's well and ranked 3rd among FBS guards in pass blocking. His arm strength allows him to hold his own on the line and he has positional flexibility.
Weaknesses: Cutoff blocks are his biggest points of weakness and something he will want to work on before can expect to start. He also wasn't available for the Senior Bowl after suffering an injury, so look for that to possibly linger into Training Camp.
2017 Outlook: The Ravens are in desperate need of O-Line depth and this is their first offensive pick of the draft. Siragusa could slot in at either guard or could even learn how to play center. Projected as a 3-4 round pick, the Ravens got great value here and scouts have said he compares to 1st Round Pick last year in Joshua Garnett. And before you ask, he is not related to Raven great Tony Siragusa. I expect Siragusa to compete with John Urschel for either starting Left Guard or Center.
Bottom Line: This is a solid pick for a Day 3 selection. Siragusa will only continue to improve and hopefully will rise to the occasion against tougher competition. We may just see Siragusa starting this year if the Ravens don't go elsewhere in free agency.
Tim Williams, EDGE// Alabama
6 ft 3 in/244 lbs
Pro Comparison: Leonard Floyd. Both Floyd and Williams are SEC products who are long lean athletes and are at their best when they are allowed to hunt the opposing QB.
Strengths: Tim Williams may have a better first step off the edge than even Myles Garrett. He may also be the most natural pure pass rusher in the entire draft. Has a variety of moves, both inside and outside, for getting after the QB.
Weaknesses: One of the biggest off-field question marks in this draft. Admitted at the Combine to failing multiple drug tests while at Alabama. Was arrested for a situation involving drugs and the possession of a firearm. Has questions about ability to be a three down player. Might be a true pass rush specialist if he cannot learn to stop the run at the next level.
2017 Outlook: Raven fans get yet another fast, athletic pass rusher here. For me, Tim Williams is an incredible value here. If not for his off-field issues, I believe that he would have been a borderline 1st round selection. In 2017, Williams will likely be asked to do nothing except get after the QB. With both he and Bowser now on board, Dean Pees has the ability to throw speed rushers on the field and attack opponents from all angles. If he can be coached up and improve his technique setting the edge against the run, Williams could eventually become an every down player. A note: If this outlook sounds similar to my outlook on Tyus Bowser, that's because it is. Both players are athletic 3-4 EDGE players who are best deployed as speed rushers.
Bottom Line: Williams is a huge value pick for the Ravens with the 78th overall selection. If fellow Alabama alumni Ozzie Newsome & Co. can keep him on track off the field, Williams could be a double digit sack artist for years to come.
The Ravens have made two picks so far, addressing the defense on both. Humphrey and Bowser should improve an already solid defense.Read More
Tyus Bowser, LB//Houston
6 ft 3 in/247 lbs
Pro Comparison: Jamie Collins. Both Bowser and Collins are smaller school products who are elite athletes, top notch pass rushers, and have the ability to drop into coverage.
Strengths: Bowser is an elite athlete. Ran a 4.6 second 40 yard dash and has the best vertical of any LB at the Combine. Long arms and top end closing speed. Has the ability to drop into pass coverage if asked to do so. Athleticism gives him tremendous upside.
Weaknesses: Played basketball for his first two years at Houston. Slightly undersized on the edge. Must use his hands and improve against the run. Production is less than expected when considering athletic ability.
2017 Outlook: Raven's fans get the pass rusher they wanted here. Tyus Bowser's upside made him a borderline 1st round talent in this class. As is obvious in my strengths section, I really don't think that I can overstate how much I think of him as an athlete. In 2017, I think Bowser can step in right away and be the starter at OLB opposite Terrell Suggs. He will not be asked to drop into coverage as much as he was at Houston where he played a more traditional 3-4 stand-up OLB. In Dean Pees' system, Bowser will be asked to pin his ears back and go get the QB. If he can be coached up and improve his technique setting the edge against the run, Bowser could be an every down player.
Bottom Line: Bowser is a great pick for the Ravens with the 47th overall selection. His upside is one of the best in this entire draft and he will likely be given every chance to start on Day 1.
Seems like an awesome dude. Welcome to Baltimore Marlon!Read More
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