Using the NFL Draft Network’s Mock Draft Simulator, I did a three round mock draft for the Baltimore Ravens without trades. Here is how I went about it:
Edge, Nittany Lions
This is a spot where trading back would have made an awful lot of sense. Gross-Matos is a very good prospect at a position of need. Yet, my perceived marginal separation between him and prospects like Terrell Lewis and Curtis Weaver, made trading back the most ideal situation. By not trading back however, this mock draft shows you how much value the Ravens can bring in just by staying put. Let’s talk about Gross-Matos and how he will help the Ravens.
He’s actually a player that reminds me of a young Pernell McPhee. He does a good job working his way across offensive tackles and he has the quickness to fly off the edge. He looks the part with a great 6’5″ build. Length has been a clear focus of the Ravens this offseason. They added Calais Campbell who is 6’8″ and Michael Brockers who is 6’5″ for the defensive line. Gross-Matos is a knife through pass rusher with a high ceiling because of the things you can’t coach.
Gross-Matos had eight sacks in 2018 and nine in 2019. He was a constant presence in the backfield, which is how he racked up 36.5 tackles for a loss at Penn State. This is a decent pick that could pay off right away. Should the Ravens take Gross-Matos, he could become a star in a couple of seasons. He has Pro Bowl traits.