NFL Mock Draft: Baltimore Ravens trade out of first round
Round 2, pick 55
I love the Ravens current running backs. To me, Mark Ingram is an RB1, and Justice Hill is an exciting young player who showed marked improvement as his rookie campaign went on last year. Gus Edwards was seemingly made in a lab for this system, and he’s important, as he has proven he can be the lead dog in case Ingram gets hurt, or serve as a terrific second-wave guy against battered defensive fronts. Edwards-Helaire is a potential star. He can become that top guy if the team parts ways with Ingram next year, and help out this season. Don’t pass on potential stars.
Round 2, pick 60
I love Shenault for both the Ravens and 49ers offenses, above all others. Fortunately, I’m picking for the Ravens. Also of great fortune, Shenault is still available here at pick 60. Shenault is a playmaker first, receiver second, who can become another element of the Ravens offense to keep opposing coordinators up at night. He can run the ball, go deep and pile up yards after the catch. He is not yet there as a conventional route-runner, but the Ravens don’t always run conventional routes. Use him as a weapon and he will steal a game or two for you.
Round 3, pick 75
With that second pick from the Colts, the Ravens jump on an aggressive, mauling giant mass of humanity in Robert Hunt. He played both inside and out in college, but his brute strength helps out best on the inside. With the Ravens losing all-world guard Marshal Yanda to retirement, and Matt Skura fighting his way back from a significant knee injury, they need to add a high-ceiling, physical player to the competition. Allow me to introduce Mr. Hunt to that competition.
Round 3, pick 92
The Ravens have lost some talent in their linebacker group over the past few seasons, and need an upgrade. Wilson is smart, aggressive and was a three-time captain in college, suggesting he could lend terrific all-around accountability and leadership to the middle of the defense. I’m not entirely sure that Wilson has Pro Bowl potential, but I feel very confident that he has plus-starter and A-plus-leadership and intelligence to the defense. I’d be very happy with this selection, even if it might be a tad bit early, based on his overall skills.