By Matt Wise, @TheMattWise
March 2, 2017
Elvis Dumervil is a likely cap hit and it looks like Terrell Suggs looks to be in his last year or two. With no proven young talent waiting in the wings, the Ravens will undoubtedly look to the draft. It's likely that the team will target a high level edge rusher somewhere in the first two days.
Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
A good week by Garrett could effectively put the Niners, with the second overall pick, on the clock. Garrett is an absolute prototype as a pass rusher and should undoubtedly have the impressive combine that we expect from a freak athlete with his size. As long as he doesn't have any unexpected medical issues, he's a Cleveland Brown.
Derek Barnett, Tennessee
ased on his record level production in college, Barnett is a top 15 talent in this draft. The problem people seem to have: he doesn't have the prototype look or athleticism that makes scouts drool over guys like Garrett. Barnett would hope to have an impressive combine and make himself a top 10 pick. Ravens fans should hope that he's a step or two slow in the 40 and is there providing Ozzie with a blue chip edge rusher as an option at #16.
Tim Williams, Alabama
Williams' combine is all about his interviews. Sure, he has questions about his ability to play all three downs but he isn't playing any downs for a team that takes him off the board for off field issues. Williams was arrested for possesing a firearm without a permit. The handgun was found in a car owned by Williams that police reported smelt of marijuana. A friend in the car claimed that the marijuana was his and not Williams'. If he passes his drug tests and does what he needs to in the interviews, expect him to be a second round target for fellow Bama alumnus Ozzie Newsome. He has one of the fastest first steps in the whole class and rivals Garrett as the best pure pass rusher.
Vidauntae "Taco" Charlton, Michigan
There is a chance going into the draft that "Taco" could be targeted to play 4-3 DE, 3-4 DE, and 3-4 OLB. He even has the size and versatility to slide inside and rush the passer on third down. I think that Charlton will run well, lift well, and have some very impressive height/weight/length measurements. The most important thing that Taco can do for himself is in the on field drills. If he can prove that he can stand up as a 3-4 OLB and cover tight ends and backs out of the backfield, his we see his stock rise rapidly. As for the Ravens getting a player that can be a jack of all trades in the front seven with proven ability to get to the passer... yes please. I wouldn't be surprised if we start to see him more frequently mocked to the Ravens after scouts realize he can play multiple positions in Dean Pees' hybrid defense.
Takkarist McKinley, UCLA
"Takk" McKinley is one of the more interesting pass rushers in the class. As with everyone, he has room to grow on the field, but has the potential to blow the roof off of Lucas Oil Stadium with his athleticism. If he runs 265 lb McKinley runs the 4.4 40 that he's promised, his stock is going to soar and the Ravens might not have a chance to get him in the second. That being said, I also doubt at this point in the process that he's the top rated edge player on the board at #16. That could mean that he falls right between the Ravens first and second round picks and isn't the choice unless Ozzie Newsome and Co. decide to trade up or down to take him.