Draft day is here and finally mock drafts are over and the media rumors can stop. It's one of the best weekends in all of sports and can define a team for years to come. Here is the final mock for the Ravens heading into the first round tonight.
Round 1 (pick #6)- Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
Every Ravens fan should be thanking the Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Rams. Those two teams trading up for quarterbacks will give us a shot at Tunsil. There is no guarantee he falls to us at six overall. That said, if the San Diego Chargers pass on him with the third overall pick we can all get very excited. Tunsil is arguably the top player in the draft and has All Pro potential come out of Ole Miss. Right now the Ravens have Eugene Monroe penciled in at left tackle. I'd have to imagine if Tunsil is the pick in the first round Monroe could receive his walking papers. If we end up grabbing Tunsil the horrible 2015 season might end up being worth it.
Round 2 (pick #36)- Noah Spence, EDGE, Eastern Kentucky
Adding a pass rusher is a must in the early rounds for Ozzie Newsome and company. Spence has his off-field issues or at least did during his college years. He was kicked out of Ohio State for drug use, but has been clean the past few years at Eastern Kentucky. During the draft process scouts and the media have made it known that Spence isn't a sure thing when it comes to draft prospects and might not be worth an early pick. He's a first round talent that's for sure and if the Ravens can scoop him in the second it could be a steal. With veterans Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs on the roster the Ravens could bring Spence along slowly and provide him with mentors.
Round 3 (pick #70)- Jordan Howard, RB, Indiana
Not a fan of the Ravens running back depth chart. Justin Forsett is turning 31-years old during the season and the trio of Buck Allen, Lorenzo Taliaferro, and Terrence West isn't one to trust (yes, i excluded Trent Richardson). Howard is a beast and is a bit of an underrated running back in this draft. He led all of college football in yards after contact with 3.69 yards and is a straight up field runner. As a pass catcher he isn't going to wow you but with Allen on the roster they could form a nice 1-2 punch over the next few years. I'm just not a big believer in Forsett returning to his 2014 form and Howard is one of the top players on the board here.
Round 4 (pick #104)- Rees Odhiambo, OG, Boise St
Odhiambo is a walking injury but one worth taking in the middle rounds. If he stayed healthy during his time at Boise State he might have been a second round prospect. The Ravens lost Kelechi Osemele in free agency and will thrust a big responsibility on John Urschel. Adding some depth with a talent like Odhiambo behind Urschel wouldn't be a bad idea. Not to mention, Urschel is the top back up for center Jeremy Zuttah who is coming off IR. The offensive line is in desperate need of depth and Odhiambo would provide that.
Round 4 (pick #130)- Nick Vigil, LB, Nevada
With the Ravens first compensatory pick they can add Vigil to help at linebacker. Vigil is a good athlete that plays tough and is a plus cover guy. He needs to add some weight to his frame and might make his biggest difference on special team early in his career. Either way the Ravens need a cover guy at middle linebacker next to CJ Mosley and Vigil would be a nice grab in the middle rounds.
Round 4 (pick #132)- DJ Reader, DL, Clemson
Reader would provide much needed be depth behind Brandon Williams at nose tackle. Right now on the current roster there is limited options at nose tackle. Reader isn't going to blow you away with stats but knows his job and gets it done. He eats up blockers and pushes the pocket from the interior.
Round 4 (pick #134)- Rashard Robinson, CB, LSU
Robinson hasn't played football since 2013, after LSU hit him with an indefinite suspension. Even with off-field issues teams have been very impressed with Robinson during the draft process. He ran a 4.4 forty at his Pro Day and is a dynamic athlete at cornerback. It's a real toss up where Robinson goes on draft weekend. Some have him going during Day 2 and others have him as a late rounder. He has early round talent and Ozzie would be wise to take a chance on him with a compensatory pick late in the fourth round.
Round 6 (pick #182)- Jay Lee, WR, Baylor
Lee could be a nice sleeper late in the draft for the Ravens. He has good size (6'3''-215) and runs pretty well. He was a nice compliment to Corey Coleman at Baylor as a size/speed guy. He needs to work on his route running and is very much a work in progress.
Round 6 (pick #209) - Cre'von LeBlanc, CB, FAU
LeBlanc is a bit undersized which will cause him to drop a bit in this years draft. He deserves t be drafted but is probably nothing more then a special teamer in the NFL.