Ravens Draft: Myles Jack Vs. DeForest Buckner

Jan 2, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; TCU Horned Frogs quarterback Bram Kohlhausen (6) scores against Oregon Ducks defensive end DeForest Buckner (44) at the Valero Alamo Bowl in the Alamodome. TCU won 47-41 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 2, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; TCU Horned Frogs quarterback Bram Kohlhausen (6) scores against Oregon Ducks defensive end DeForest Buckner (44) at the Valero Alamo Bowl in the Alamodome. TCU won 47-41 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports /
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Myles Jack and DeForest Buckner are possibly the two best options for the Baltimore Ravens. Buckner is an outstanding defensive end. Jack is a superb athlete and a fearsome force at the linebacker position. If the Ravens are faced with an option between Jack, or Buckner, who should they select?

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What Jack Would Give Ravens: 

Paired perfectly with C.J. Mosley, Jack would give the Ravens the best linebacker tandem, since Patrick Willis and Navarro Bowman starred together with the San Francisco 49ers. In the middle of the Ravens defense you would have two run stuffing head hunters. These two head hunting linebackers can blitz, cover, they can do it all.

Inserting Jack into the fold is inserting energy and athleticism into the middle of the defense. Jack is a fiery leader and he just seems to be a special player. Jack is going to be a star, so passing him up could be a mistake the Ravens may never get over.

What Could Buckner Give Ravens 

On the other hand, Buckner would give the Ravens a dominate defensive line. Combined with Timmy Jernigan and Brandon Williams, well it just would not be fair. The Ravens starting defensive line would keep blockers off linebackers and fill all the rushing lanes. Jernigan and Buckner are both good pass rushers.

Imagine being an offensive coordinator. On one side you have to account for Buckner and Terrell Suggs. Opposite of that, you have Jernigan and Dumervil. You’re calling the plays, what do you do? The answer many times could be that you lose against that defensive front.

Conclusion: 

In the end it is a matter of preference. Do you want the defensive lineman who will make your entire front seven better? Or do you want the linebacker that could electrify the defense for years to come?

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You see the Ravens are in a perfect position. They will likely have the opportunity to pick one of these players. Either player creates an ideal situation for the team. What we will really find out is the defensive philosophy of the Ravens. What potential impact will they value the most?