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Baltimore Ravens Three-Round Mock Draft 2.0

April 16, 2019 - 9:22 am
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By Joe Schiller

No. 22: Ed Oliver, IDL, Houston

Notable players taken before: Devin Bush Jr., Marquise Brown, Jonah Williams, Andre Dillard, Garrett Bradbury, Brian Burns

Notable players available: Noah Fant, Christian Wilkins, Cody Ford, Joshua Jacobs, Hakeem Butler, N’Keal Harry

Before you bash this pick, yes, I understand it’s highly unlikely Ed Oliver falls to pick 22. But what if he does?

Despite the needs at wide receiver, inside linebacker and edge rusher, Oliver would be incredible value in the “best player available” formula.

The Ravens have a stout duo at the interior defensive line in Brandon Williams and Michael Pierce. Adding Oliver in the mix would give Wink Martindale one of the top units in the NFL.

Oliver brings an Aaron Donald-like presence to the defensive line. He’s a freak athlete and was considered the consensus first overall pick before the 2018-2019 college football season. I'd also he still addresses an immediate need with his ability to provide an interior pass rush. 

Looking ahead, Williams turns 31 next season and Pierce will be an unrestricted free-agent assuming he signs his restricted free-agent tender.

 

No. 85: Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida

Notable players taken before: Amani Hooker, Deionte Thompson, Zach Allen, Andy Isabella, JJ Arcega-Whiteside,

Notable players available: Dawson Knox, Terry McLaurin, Dillon Mitchell

Ideally, drafting a wide receiver like JJ Arcega-Whiteside would be a solid move in the early third round, but with notable receivers off the board, I chose to address one of the biggest offseason needs – edge rush.

In comes Florida’s Jachai Polite, who totaled 11 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss during his junior season with the Gators. Without Terrell Suggs and Za’Darius Smith, two of the Ravens’ sack leaders from last season, it’s a relatively unproven group behind Matt Judon.

Polite’s draft stock has plummeted throughout the pre-draft process with poor testing results and interviews at the NFL Combine. But Polite possesses first-round talent and that’s intriguing for a team like the Ravens at pick 85.

They took a chance on Orlando Brown Jr., who suffered similar struggles heading into the draft last offseason and it paid off. Could they see similar success with another draft risk? 

No. 102: Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia

Notable players taken before: Anthony Nelson, Trysten Hill, Mecole Hardman, Sione Takitaki

Notable players available: Emmanuel Hall, Stanley Morgan Jr.

If the draft plays out this way, the Ravens will need to select a wide receiver with their third picks. It’s too big of a need not to address early on.

In my three-round mock 1.0, I drafted Ridley at 85. He comes in at even better value 17 picks later and gives Lamar Jackson a talented target to work with.

Draft analysts seem to love Ridley a lot or not at all. The production wasn’t eye-popping at Georgia, but Ridley caught 43 passes for 559 yards and nine touchdowns during his senior season.

Ridley can help Jackson excel in the short passing game as he continues to develop as a passer. That bodes well in an offense that’s rebuilding its entire philosophy under Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman.