It’s finally time for the 2018 NFL draft and here’s a look at my final two-round mock draft for the Baltimore Ravens.
The day has finally come. The 2018 NFL draft begins tonight with the first round in Dallas, Texas. After an entire offseason of speculating picks for the Baltimore Ravens, we finally get to see them become official.
But before Roger Goodell takes the podium, why not speculate one more time?
Using FanSpeak’s draft simulator, here’s a look at my final two-round for the Ravens. For this draft, I used Matt Miller’s big board along with FanSpeak’s team needs. My last draft had the Ravens addressing the offensive tackle with Mike McGlinchey in the first round. This time, surprisingly enough, I have the same exact pick.
No. 16: Mike McGlinchey OT, Notre Dame
Fellow site expert Chris Schisler will disagree but I believe the tackle position is one of the glaring needs for the Ravens heading into draft night. That can subsequently be filled with one pick, however, and that’s Mike McGlinchey.
Pundits have continually ranked McGlinchey as the best tackle prospect in this class and he’s only behind former teammate Quenton Nelson as one of the top offensive linemen. This is by far one of the safest picks Ozzie Newsome can make in the first round. The Ravens have a very positive track record when it comes to selecting offensive lineman and the bust potential is less than that of a Lamar Jackson or Calvin Ridley.
McGlinchey fills the right tackle spot and provides insurance in both the run and pass game. Greg Roman’s continued influence on the offense hints at more run-heavy packages this season. And after Alex Collins‘ breakout season, the Ravens will look to utilize him more than ever. Even though the pick won’t be eye-catching, having two stud Notre Dame tackles on the edge of the offensive line sounds good to me for the 2018 season.
A gut feeling tells me McGlinchey could be off the board before No. 16, but here’s to hoping he lands right in Ozzie Newsome’s lap.