Curtis Weaver, Edge (Boise State)
Marlon Davidson, Edge (Auburn)
Jonathan Taylor, Running Back (Wisconsin)
Bradlee Anae, Edge (Utah)
Tee Higgins, Wide Receiver (Clemson)
Best fit for the Ravens: The answer is all of the above. This is the tier of players most applicable to the Ravens needs. With Curtis Weaver and Marlon Davidson you have players who don’t necessarily have first round traits yet they have first round tape. Jonathan Taylor had a historic run with the Badgers as an ultra productive running back. Bradlee Anae is such a ferocious edge rusher that would fit right in with the Ravens. Tee Higgins has a little Anquan Boldin to him.
The Ravens literally can’t go wrong with any of the players in this tier. Every board is different, yet the idea that I have five players who are perfect fits for Baltimore at the end of my top 25 available is encouraging. It means the Ravens probably don’t have to trade up to get a good player. It means that if they stay put, they could walk away with two very solid second round picks. The draft is often about how the board falls in relation to the positions you’re targeting. DeCosta has to be pleased with the way this thing is shaping up. The purple and black are in very good shape right now.
The Ravens need to target value first and foremost. Their needs have to figure into the equation. The good news is that the depth of this class in terms of interior offensive linemen means they can probably look that way later. There will be 64 picks tonight. In these top 25 prospects available is a richness of receivers and edge rushers. If all things work out the way the should the Ravens will walk away tonight better in the passing game and the pass rushing department,