Baltimore Ravens: Full 7 Round Mock Draft 4.0
My Team Needs: LB, IOL,
EDGE, WR, TE, CB, IDL, RB
Weight: 235 lbs
Willie Gay Jr. is a player I’ve been extremely low on at some points and high on in others and it has nothing to do with his talent on the field, it’s his decisions off the field. This past season Gay missed 8 games due to violating the team’s player conduct policy. This is a huge red flag because it wasn’t just one incident, it was two. Gay missed those eight games for punching a teammate in the face and cheating on a chemistry exam. One of which is more common than the other but character concerns are present.
Although the Ravens are a team that prides themselves on player character, like most teams, they’ve taken a few shots at prospects with character concerns in the past. The most recent being Tim Williams in 2017 and that one didn’t work out so well. With that being said, if there’s a coach in the NFL who I think can set a player on the right path it’s John Harbaugh. Over the years Harbaugh has become one of the best player’s coaches in the NFL and I trust him with Willie Gay Jr. Gay has the speed match any coverage linebacker in the league and he isn’t afraid to get his nose dirty either. If the Ravens can keep him on a straightened arrow Gay be a starter on opening day.
My Team Needs:
LB, IOL, EDGE, WR, TE, CB, IDL, RB
Weight: 239 lbs
With Hayden Hurst being traded to the Atlanta Falcons the need at tight end has skyrocketed because the Ravens frankly have no insurance at the position now. Insert Hunter Bryant, one of the most physically gifted receiving tight ends in the draft. The most eye-popping trait about Bryant’s game is his run after the catch ability. He would give the Ravens another receiving threat to account for with the only downside being his blocking. He can handle his own against opposing cornerbacks and safeties but he’s unreliable when it comes to in-line blocking schemes.
There’s good news though, Ravens Pro Bowl tight end Mark Andrews wasn’t a good blocker coming out of Oklahoma either but the Ravens coaching staff changed that. My hope here is that they can the same thing with Bryant. Turning him into a complete tight end would help the offense because having a one-dimensional tight end on the field tips your hat to the defense.