Last season the Ravens were able to band-aid together their inside linebacker group with journey-men guys like L.J. Fort and Josh Bynes. That band-aid got absolutely torn-off by Derrick Henry running down their throats in the Divisional Playoff loss to Tennessee. A massive hole is still there in the middle of their defense. Wyoming’s Logan Wilson not only can fill that void but provides the Ravens really great value by getting him in the late third round.
Wilson is a kind of linebacker the Ravens would really covet in this draft. He has big-time production. A four-year starter after his red-shirt season, Wilson amassed over 400 tackles, seven sacks, and 10 interceptions. He has leadership and a locker-room presence, Wilson was a three-time captain for the Cowboys during his college career. Lastly, he is a former safety that has the athletic and coverage ability to be a three-down linebacker at the next level. The Ravens get a starter at #92 in Wilson.
The Ravens have one of, if not the most talented secondaries in the NFL. It’s the strength of this team and allows defensive coordinator Wink Martindale to dial-up exotic blitzes at will, knowing he has the guys to cover on the back-end. If there is one area of need in the secondary, it would depth at slot cornerback and free safety. Enter in K’Von Wallace, a versatility play-making safety that can plug-in almost anywhere in the secondary.
In four years at Clemson, Wallace has started 36 and appeared in 59 career games, which is tied for the most ever in school history. He is an urgent, intelligent, and tough football player that really fits the whole “Play like a Raven” mantra. As a rookie, he can be used as a nickel cornerback and defensive chest piece. Long-term he can be groomed to be the successor for Earl Thomas at free safety. Think of Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker here, with K’Von Wallace.