| by Kevin Gordy (@Kev_Gordy)
1st Round (Pick 6), Joey Bosa, Edge Ohio State
Joey Bosa is the best pass rusher in this year's draft and the Ravens wouldn't hesitate to pull the trigger if he is on the board at six. Bosa does a great job using strength and power to drive the opposing lineman back and into the quarterback. He is extremely quick off the line and flashes the ability to bend the edge to get to the passer. I'm also a huge fan of how nicely he holds up in run defense as well. Rarely do you ever see Bosa get pushed off the ball. He has great backfield vision to sense the running backs movement, shed his block, and finish the play off. Bosa sets the edge as good as anyone in run support, funneling every outside run back inside towards the meat of the defense. Some say he has a low ceiling because he doesn't have elite athleticism, but he would be an immediate impact player day one with the Ravens. Bosa also did a great job during drills in which he dropped into coverage at the NFL Combine, proving that he can switch from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 hybrid. Here is my thinking when it comes to if Bosa will be available when the Ravens pick in the first round. I don't see him going top three. I think the first three guys off the board are Tunsil, Wentz/Goff, then Ramsey. The only real threat to take him is the Cowboys. They are also in need of a pass rush, but rumor has it they aren't sold in Bosa. I see them taking Myles Jack in this scenario. In the Jaguars scheme, Bosa would be forced to take on double teams in run defense, projecting him to just a situational pass rusher with the team. That's not ideal for the fifth overall pick. *Bosa puts on a purple and black hat*
2nd Round (Pick 36), Karl Joseph, S West Virginia
One of my favorite players in the draft this year is Karl Joseph. In a very good safety class, Joseph sets himself apart as the only one to be great in coverage, run defense and most importantly, making huge hits. We always hear that Baltimore looks for players that Play like a Raven. Well, there is no doubt in my mind that he is one of them. Joseph is a very twitchy athlete which makes him a tremendous asset in coverage. He shows great closing speed when chasing down a runner or making a break on a route. Joseph also has pretty good ball skills, just watch his game against Georgia Southern in which he picked off the quarterback three times. The big concern with him is a non-contact knee injury that ended his season this past October, dropping him to the early second round. Joseph is sometimes too aggressive when pursuing and struggles to change directions without going off balance. Overall, Karl Joseph is a great safety that isn't limited to either a free safety or strong safety role. Some may argue that with Eric Weddle, the Ravens no longer have a need at safety. While that's true, I don't think anyone should expect Lardarius Webb to be productive for this team anymore after two terrible seasons. Worst case scenario, Webb plays amazing at safety and Joseph contributes at nickel corner.
3rd Round (Pick 70), KeiVarae Russell, CB Notre Dame
KeiVarae Russell is getting quite a bit of hype as we get closer to the draft this month. He completely blew up his Pro Day with a 38.5 inch vertical, 11 foot 2 inch broad jump and a 4.43 second forty yard dash. On tape, I really like how fluid he was in both man and zone coverage. Russell does a great job flipping his hips to turn and run all in one smooth motion. I also like his ability to track the ball in the air and read the quarterbacks eyes. Russell possesses raw athleticism that gives him high potential at the next level. I think some footwork technique refinement will go a long ways for him in the NFL. Teams may be concerned with off the field issues as he missed the entire 2014 season due to an academic suspension. Russell also broke his leg towards the end of this past collegiate year. This pick would be pretty big steal for the Ravens as they get a great corner at an even better value.
4th Round (Pick 104), Javon Hargrave, DT South Carolina State
Javon Hargrave first caught everyone's attention at the East/West Shrine game in January. He was the talk of the town, as nearly every scout there raved about his great combination of quickness and power. Coming from a small school in South Carolina State, Hargrave worked to gain the attention of NFL execs and that's exactly what he did. He played so well in the Shrine game that he was then invited to the Senior Bowl. Hargrave had 45.5 tackles for loss over his past two collegiate years. He does a good job playing low with his compact frame to gain leverage and plug gaps. Hargrave also has a great motor and very good pass rush potential. Although, he does lack the ideal length of a lineman and is overall very raw as a prospect. But, the Ravens will need some bodies to help alleviate the potential loss of Brandon Williams to free agency after next year.
4th Round (Pick 130) , Aaron Burbridge, WR Michigan State
Aaron Burbridge is a very physical receiver that would offer a reliable set of hands for Flacco to throw to. He doesn't have the best size at six feet and 206 lbs, but he plays with a feisty motor that lets him make those tough catches in traffic. On tape, Burbridge is very elusive in space and shows the versatility to play on the boundary or in the slot. He shows great balance to be able to take hits, stay on his feet and gather extra yards. Burbridge isn't much of a deep threat, as he doesn't have that explosive speed that you'd want to see from one. He may struggle to get separation against cornerbacks in the NFL, but Burbridge thrives when making contested catches. Michigan State coaches praised Burbridge for putting in a lot of work on his own time. I think he'd be a great understudy for Steve Smith, learning just how to use that strong mentality to his advantage in the NFL.
4th Round (Pick 132) , Willie Beavers, OT Western Michigan
Willie Beavers really impressed me at the Scouting Combine this past February. He displayed very quick feet and fluid hips during the all of the drills. Beavers has great recovery speed to defend against speed rushers and sets with a strong, wide base. However, he does have a tendency to get beat on inside moves. Beavers is an athlete playing tackle and would do great learning better technique from Juan Castillo, the Ravens offensive line coach. I think he would be a great developmental pick to learn the position and eventually surpass Eugene Monroe as the teams starting left tackle a couple years down the road.
4th Round (Pick 134), Scooby Wright III, ILB Arizona
After the loss of Daryl Smith, the Ravens need an inside linebacker that specializes in stuffing the run. Scooby Wright III is great at just that, showcasing tremendous instincts and tackling ability. He had an excellent sophomore season with 163 tackles, country leading 29 tackles for loss, six forced fumbles and 14.5 sacks. This earned him consensus All-American Honors, Bednarik, Lombardi, and Nagurski Awards. His 2015 season was ended after just three games due to a torn meniscus in his left knee. At the combine, Wright struggled with his athleticism and staying balanced. He doesn't have the best build for an inside linebacker because of his slim lower half, and he sometimes gets caught over pursuing plays. Altogether, I think Scooby Wright III would be great value at the end of the fourth as he fits a need for the Ravens nicely.
6th Round (Pick 182) , Tavon Young, CB Temple
I was a pretty big fan of Tavon Young ever since I put on his tape a couple of months ago. He shows great instincts, especially in zone coverage, and is a very athletic player in general. Young has excellent football awareness but is plagued by his undersized nature. He is only 5'9" and 180 lbs, which is very small for an NFL corner. Young is forced to sell out to try to make plays which results in some pass interference and holding calls. He is a good tackler that will play with great intensity on the field. Young would be limited to a slot corner, but I think he'd be great at just that.
6th Round (Pick 209) Joe Dahl, OG Washington State
Joe Dahl is another guy that really stood out to me at the Scouting Combine. He played left tackle at Washington State but will move inside to guard in the NFL because of his lack of ideal length. In 2014, he earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 after giving up just one sack on 771 passing attempts. Dahl shows great hip flexibility and footwork. He doesn't have the strength to be too effective in the run game as of now, but he is able to pass protect in a more quarterback driven league.