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Baltimore Ravens Three-Round Mock Draft 1.0

April 05, 2019 - 8:23 am
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By Joe Schiller 

What will the Baltimore Ravens do in the NFL Draft?

That’s the question pundits and fans are asking less than three weeks before the festivities kick off in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Ravens added three stout veterans through free agency in safety Earl Thomas, running back Mark Ingram and special teamer Justin Bethel. But those moves were countered by losing edge rushers Terrell Suggs, Za’Darius Smith, and linebacker C.J. Mosley.

Team needs are well documented at this point and Eric DeCosta faces a pivotal draft in his first year as general manager.

Using The Draft Network’s mock draft machine, here’s a look at my three-round mock draft for the Ravens. To keep things simple, no trades were involved.

No. 22: Garrett Bradbury, IOL, NC State

Notable players taken before: Cody Ford, Christian Wilkins, Brian Burns, D.K. Metcalf

Notable players available: Joshua Jacobs, Jonah Williams, N’Keal Harry, Hakeem Butler

Garrett Bradbury is considered among the top interior offensive lineman in this draft and I love the fit in Baltimore.

Bradbury was awarded the Rimington Trophy as the nation’s top center during his senior season at NC State in 2018. He also started at guard and the versatility to play different positions on the offensive line is a major plus.

Bradbury projects as an immediate starter in the NFL, according to NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein. Starting Bradbury at center would allow Matt Skura to move back to his original position at guard. 

In a pass-happy league, the Ravens have made it clear they want to run the football. As tempting as it was to select Jacobs or Harry, two extremely talented offensive weapons, success in Greg Roman’s offense begins by building from the inside out.

Drafting an offensive lineman is never considered a "sexy" pick but having a center to anchor the offensive line is crucial. 

 

 

No. 85: Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia

Notable players taken before: D’Andre Walker, Emanuel Hall, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Andy Isabella

Notable players available: Khalen Saunders, Dillon Mitchell, Marquise Blair

DeCosta said he hopes to get “some at-bats” at the wide receiver position. That begins with the Ravens’ second pick in this draft.

If the name Riley Ridley sounds familiar, that’s because he is the younger brother of Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley, a player who was heavily mocked to the Ravens last year.

Riley Ridley had his best collegiate season at Georgia during his junior season, catching 43 passes for 559 yards and nine touchdowns. Ridley was one of Jake Fromm's favorite targets and at 6-1, 199 pounds, Ridley has prototypical size for an NFL receiver.

Ridley ran a 4.58 40-yard dash time at the Combine and would give Lamar Jackson a speedy target with a wide catch radius. 

The Ravens haven’t selected a wide receiver in the third round or higher since Breshad Perriman (first round) in 2015. There’s no way to overcome previous draft woes at receiver without taking chances early on.

 

No. 102: David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State

Notable players taken before: Mecole Hardman, Oshane Ximines, Vosean Joseph, Terry McLaurin

Notable players available: Darrell Henderson, Damien Harris, Justice Hill, Devin Singletary, Miles Boykin

Despite the emergence of Gus Edwards and Kenneth Dixon last season and the addition of Ingram, don’t count out of the possibility of the Ravens adding another running back in the early round.

Late Day Two, early Day Three seems to be the sweet spot for running backs given the talent available at pick No. 102.

David Montgomery was an absolute work-horse at Iowa State. He totaled 515 carries during his junior and season, rushing for 2,362 yards and 24 touchdowns.

That workload fits the mold of a running back in Roman’s offense. Frank Gore totaled at least 255 carries or more under Roman in four straight seasons with the San Francisco 49ers from 2011-2014.

Teams like the New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, among others have seen success in recent years taking the running back by committee approach.

Adding Montgomery would make quite the committee in Baltimore.