2019 NFL Draft: Full mock draft for the Baltimore Ravens
Round 7: Bryce Love (RB, Stanford)
From College Football darling to the face of the “Where are they now?” addition of the sport, Bryce Love has quickly become a forgotten about commodity who once was seen as perhaps a first round talent. What happened, and where does the 21-year old fit into the 2019 NFL Draft?
For starters, Love was banged up for most of his senior season with the Stanford Cardinal, appearing in just 10 games and rushing for less than 800-yards. Considering as a junior Love rushed for over 2,100-yards and 8.1 YPC, that’s a pretty sizable step back. Love was also routinely seen as a “one-trick pony,” with that “one-trick” being his blazing-fast speed. When healthy, there were few players in College Football who could keep pace with Love. It was Love’s speed that, for lack of a better word, separated him from the competition.
But things went from bad to worse in Love’s senior season, as he tore his ACL on the final play of his College Football career with the Cardinal. Love immediately went from a late day two, early day three pick to perhaps going undrafted. The fact of the matter is Love would likely miss the entirety of his rookie season, and who knows if he’d ever be the same moving forward. But still, how can anyone overlook Love and decide he’s not even worth a seventh round flier?
Well, at least for here, the Baltimore Ravens decide to kick the tires on Bryce Love and see what he can bring them moving forward. Lamar Jackson will be making any running back next to him play better, but the one thing the Ravens backfield lacks from their current running backs is speed. Gus Edwards, Kenneth Dixon, and Alex Collins all excel as one-cut style runners with enough speed to nab a big-chunk of yards. Bryce Love, however, is the home-run threat the team hasn’t had since Ray Rice.
A seventh round pick is a low, low price to pay for potential superstar at the next level. Any team who’s willing to be patient with Love could reap some major benefits. Maybe that team will be the Baltimore Ravens. If it is, there’s a chance that Charm City could learn to… Love him (I’m not even sorry).
The 2019 NFL Draft will be a crucial one for the Baltimore Ravens, as a relatively thin draft class could make a world’s difference if the team can hit on some of their late-round picks. Stay with us throughout the draft season as we keep you updated on all things 2019 NFL Draft and Baltimore Ravens related!