The Daily Caw: Ravens 2015 Rookie Class Best in the NFL?


Apr 30, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Breshad Perriman (Central Florida) is selected as the number twenty-six overall pick to the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the Daily Caw, where we round up all the latest Ravens news from around the web.  Today we wonder if the Ravens rookie class will be the cream of the NFL’s crop in 2015, ponder the future of Marshal Yanda, and check in on some potential impact players on the defensive line.

Ravens’ Marshal Yanda named fifth-best player in NFL by PFFJamison Hensley, ESPN

"Yanda was named the fifth-best player in the NFL by PFF and the No. 2 offensive player behind only Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. How dominant was Yanda? He’s the only offensive lineman who was ranked in PFF’s top 13 players.A third-round pick in 2007, Yanda is becoming one of the top players in Ravens history and is playing as well as he’s ever played at the age of 30. Coaches praise his technique and teammates respect his toughness."

Can Ravens afford to keep Pro Bowl OG Marshal Yanda?Chris Wesserling,

"The only guard on NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players of 2015” list, Yanda won’t come cheaply. Heading into the final season of a five-year, $32.5 million contract, the 30-year-old is widely viewed as the best player at his position.One potential hangup is Yanda’s age. His play merits a richer contract than those of Arizona’s Mike Iupati and San Diego’s Orlando Franklin, who signed five-year deals for $40 million and $36.5 million, respectively, in March."

Baltimore Ravens set to have NFL’s most productive rookie classIan Wharton, Bleacher Report

"We’ll be focusing on the first three offensive players the Ravens selected in the 2015 draft. These three will help the Ravens’ rookie class be the most productive in the NFL. Let’s see why."

Which pass rusher steps up to replace Pernell McPhee?Jamison Hensley, ESPN

"My money is on Za’Darius Smith to fill Pernell McPhee’s role. It’s funny because Upshaw came in with better sack numbers in college (15.5 in last two years), and he developed into more of a run-stopping force. Smith didn’t put up impressive sack totals at Kentucky (10.5 in two seasons), but the Ravens are high on his skill level as a pass-rusher."

John Harbaugh upbeat about medical progress of Brent Urban and Kapron Lewis-MooreAaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun

"“It’s really important that Brent Urban and Kapron Lewis-Moore come on,” Harbaugh said following his keynote graduation speech at Stevenson University. “Brent looks like he’s 100 percent, Kap looks like he’s really close to 100 percent.”"

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