2019 NFL Draft: D.K Metcalf, Montez Sweat unrealistic for Ravens
The two most popular names associated to the Baltimore Ravens in the 2019 NFL Draft, D.K. Metcalf and Montez Sweat, have outperformed the 22nd overall pick.
The Baltimore Ravens made a late season push to secure the AFC North division crown, save some people their jobs, and then made a return to the playoffs for the first time since 2014. Despite an early exit, the Ravens deserve plenty of credit for the team’s resiliency and dedication to return to the post-season.
Unfortunately, the team’s one-and-done appearance has left them in an awkward position for the 2019 NFL Draft. Sitting with the 22nd overall pick, Baltimore still has plenty of players to consider. However, the elite talents in this draft are undoubtedly out of reach. Worse yet, two of the most commonly mocked players to the Ravens, wide receiver D.K. Metcalf and edge rusher Montez Sweat, have perhaps played and performed themselves out of consideration for pick 22.
Both Metcalf and Sweat are considered elite prospects at their respective positions. But after fantastic tape and stellar performances at the 2019 NFL Combine, it is unlikely that Baltimore will have an option to select them with their 22nd overall pick.
In one corner, wide receiver D.K. Metcalf showed the NFL his otherworldly talent by posting absolutely absurd numbers across the board. This kind of workout resembles other outstanding wide receivers like Calvin Johnson and Randy Moss… The athleticism that Metcalf possesses is RARE, to put it lightly.
Meanwhile, Montez Sweat wasn’t so bad himself…
Sweat’s 40-yard dash time is better than some of the best wide receivers in the NFL right now, including Michael Thomas, DeAndre Hopkins, and Antonio Brown to name a few. Additionally, Sweat’s 40-time was faster than Houston Texans edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney; a player that many, including yours truly, believed to be a generational, freak athlete. With these kind of numbers, Sweat should definitely be in that same category as Clowney.
Both Metcalf and Sweat will walk away from the combine as huge winners, but will leave the Baltimore Ravens as losers. Two of the 2019 NFL Draft’s top prospects, both of which could’ve immediately help Baltimore, are no longer realistic options at pick 22 overall. If the Ravens want either of these guys, they’ll need to get creative and make some big moves up the board, but I wouldn’t count on it.